If you've had a hankering to get out of town for a wine tasting experience lately, you won't have to look any further than Fort Mason this weekend, which brings back the SF Vintners Market for the spring season. They're delivering the vineyards to you (up to 200 of them from Paso Robles to Russian River Valley to Napa, Sonoma and beyond, to be exact), so you can get your wine straight from the source without having to hop in a car and cross any bridges.
This weekend on November 20-21, a big, shiny new wine event is coming to Fort Mason, just in time for holiday celebrations and present-giving. The SF Vintners Market transforms the pier space into a massive tasting room where over 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and beyond will be pouring and selling their bottles.
Now that baseball season is over, we're going to need another reason to drink beer. Luckily, there's a big one this weekend (Nov. 13 and 14) at Fort Mason. Bay Area Brew Festival gathers dozens of domestic and international brewers under one roof and, for $50, you can try them all for three hours straight (1–4 p.m.). In addition to local favorites like Lagunitas, Speakeasy, and Big Daddy, look for a wide range of brews, from the traditional (Colt45, brewed with pride in Woodridge, Illinois by the Pabst Brewing Co.) to the European (Spaten from Munich) to the karmic (Lhasa from Tibet) to the downright experimental (MateVeza, a "naturally caffeinated yerba mate beer" from Ukiah).
If you're not the Halloween type, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is coming to your rescue this weekend. SF native and international fashion celeb Derek Lam (who is also in town to preview his Resort and Spring 2011 collections at Barneys) will host the annual event. After their glittering, opening gala—which benefits the amazing Enterprise for High School Students—this Wednesday the 27th, dozens of fine art, rug, jewelry and book dealers from around the world will descend onto Fort Mason.
One of my favorite times of the year is just around the bend. The Friends of the SF Public Library's annual Big Book Sale--basically Christmas for book lovers and record collectors alike--starts next week bright and early at 10 am on Wednesday, September 22nd at Fort Mason. It's the West Coast's largest book sale, and it's truly a sight to behold: expect thousands upon thousands of books from every genre imaginable just waiting to come home with you.
As we near the real summer months in San Francisco and people stop hiding from the fog, my social calendar gets particularly crowded. And it's not all about Outside Lands or the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. The local arts scene is heating up too, so we've put the best on our radar for you choose fill your own sunnier days:
We’re betting there will be more stylish women per square foot in and around Fort Mason this week than any other location in town. The reason: the much-anticipated Decadestwo Pop-Up Shop, which descends on the City with a private preview hosted by Vanessa Getty and Splendora.com founder Gina Pell on Thursday night before opening to the public on Friday.
Everyone I know is obsessed with oysters. Here in San Francisco, we eat oysters every which way: deep fried in po' boys, barbecued to succulent perfection, swimming in a citrus bath of Peruvian ceviche and half-drunk during happy hour along with an ice cold Guinness, lemon wedges and Tabasco. For those who count themselves true, salivating oyster-philes, it's pretty much the Super Bowl: the 11th Annual Oysterfest is coming to the Great Meadow at Fort Mason to celebrate the most revered of bivalves in a single action-packed afternoon on Saturday, May 15th.