Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Winery SF - San Francisco’s Urban Winery

No tour of urban wineries around the San Francisco bay Area would be complete without a visit to Treasure Island. Like the Alameda N.A.S., where Rosenblum Cellars and Rock Wall Winery are located, the Winery SF is located on a former Naval Base on Treasure Island, a man-made island that lies between Oakland and San Francisco joined by two halves of the Bay Bridge. It was created in 1936 and 1937, from fill dredged from the bay, for the Golden Gate International Exposition.
The location of the winery offers a breathtaking view of the city of San Francisco, both during the day and late at night as the lights of the city light up the bay.
 The Winery SF is a unique venue for tasting hand-crafted wines in a traditional, old-world manner. The Winery’s 20,000 square foot winemaking facility focuses on making wines from Rhone varietals, as Bryan Kane has established himself as an awarding winning winemaker at Vie and Sol Rouge, as well as, being recognized as one of the “Next Generation of Cult Winemakers” by Sommelier Magazine. Overseeing the winemaking process at The Winery SF, Bryan brings a philosophy of “making wine in the field” by searching out yet to be discovered vineyards and working with viticulturists to produce a great selection of wines at a value conscious price point.
Due to the cold temperature of the season, and consequently the room, the wines seemed very muted on the nose so they required an excessive amount of warming in my hands. So while I took extensive notes, to perceive them  more accurately and truly appreciate them I’d have to taste them again under different conditions. Having said that, I was more impressed with each wine as I went through the line-up and as I sampled the following wines:
The first wine was the 2010 “Ask Alice” is a Syrah-based Rosé. A classic profile of watermelon, cranberries, orange peel and a hint of spice, this wine retails for $15 a bottle. This wine would probably be better appreciated on a hot summer day.
The second wine was the 2008 “Flower Child,” a Grenache blend that has hints of plum, raspberries and hint of spice. This wine sells for $30 a bottle.
The third sample was the 2008 “Speak” is a Mouvedre-based blend that displays red plums, a hint of mint, with underlying notes of leather and earth. This wine sells for $30 a bottle and I preferred this one over the others so I took one home to taste under better temperature conditions.
My final pour was the 2008 “Rockstar” is a Syrah-based based blend. This wine was the biggest and boldness in the line-up and more expressive on the nose with blackberries, black currant, black olives, pepper and a little cedar. This wine sells for $30 a bottle.

For more information or to visit:

The Winery SF
200 California Ave, Bldg 180 North, Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA 94130
Phone: 1-415-SF-JUICE (1-415-735-8423)