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A Look at San Francisco's Golden Glass Wine Tasting

Stunning Sips and Excellent Eats at SF's Golden Glass

On Saturday I headed down to Fort Mason for San Francisco's seventh annual Golden Glass wine and food tasting. Hosted by Slow Food, the event promotes classical wine varietals and their indigenous regions. Some of the city's top restaurants, like A16 and Flour + Water, were on hand supporting the cause, serving up bites that paired with the delicious wines. One of my favorite wineries on hand was Mendocino's Terra Sávia. The passionate winemaker told me about the sustainable organic practices of the winery while I sipped this icy cold sparkling wine.

No matter how many wine events I go to, one thing remains the same at each one: I always enjoy the first wine I taste! This off-dry moscato was wonderful.

It paired perfectly with cheese.

Unlike other wine tastings at Fort Mason, this one was not overcrowded.

Some of the food teams set up shop.

Later in the day, the butchering crew from Avedano's was on hand to cut up goat. As I watched, I realized I want to learn how to butcher!

To take a look at what else I enjoyed, browse the gallery after the break.

No matter how many wine events I go to, one thing remains the same at each one: I always enjoy the first wine I taste! This off-dry moscato was wonderful.

It paired perfectly with cheese.

Unlike other wine tastings at Fort Mason, this one was not overcrowded.

Some of the food teams set up shop.

Later in the day, the butchering crew from Avedano's was on hand to cut up goat. As I watched, I realized I want to learn how to butcher!

The goat on ice waiting to be butchered.

Who knew? A pig's head makes a great display!

I was surprised by this sparkling red Lambrusco. It was interesting in a good way.

The Proseccos from Ruggeri were all excellent. I plan to seek them out at my local wine shops.

Wonderful Italian wines were everywhere.

This Vouvray was one of my favorite sips.

E' Tutto Qua started serving the day's first food.

It was a wonderfully rich, creamy truffle pasta.

Many of the wines were from wine regions I had never heard of. Luckily, there were plenty of maps to study.

This lovely white was smooth and refreshing . . .

. . . and was so clear it looked like water.

The winery Frecciarossa has been producing wines for hundreds of years. Here is a note written by Alfred Hitchcock that praises a 1925 bottling.

Salmon tartare skewers: yum!

Mendocino County was also largely present at the event. I loved this refreshing sparkler from Terra Savia.

Its reserve Chardonnay was stunning.

More pig heads! Isn't the use of fennel in this display fab?

A16's delectable porchetta on fresh foccacia.

I know you should never judge a wine by its label, but when I saw this one, I knew I would enjoy the wine.

A band played mellow tunes.

Dacalier's Rose has been winning a lot of awards. After one sip of the bone-dry, fruity Rose, I understood why!

There was a silent auction. I snapped this photo because I hope to recreate this piece.

Flour + Water's pancetta pie was to die for.
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