If only we could all take off one work day per month to drink wine and eat to our heart's content. In the meantime, we suggest closing your laptop next Saturday (and cancelling any other social plans) to attend a wine festival that will let you play sommelier for the day.
The 9th annual UnCorked Wine Festival will take place Saturday, May 17 at Ghirardelli Square. From 1 to 6 p.m. (five glorious hours!) you can taste a variety of wines and munch on food truck fare. More than 50 wines will be available for your sipping pleasure and a portion of ticket profits will go to Save the Bay. The San Francisco Wine Institute will give a special presentation limited to 50 people during the event.
Off the Grid will supply the food while the drinks will come from a number of establishments ranging from downtown's First Crush Restaurant to Sonoma County's Dogwood Cellars. Just the long list makes us feel a little buzzed, and Ghirardelli Square plans on adding more as the date approaches. The festival will also feature live music by April & the Paradigm, Matt Jaffe & the Distractions and Mitchell Lujan.
Last year, more than 7,500 people got their wine on, so this year's your chance to join the party. Although wine tasters need to buy tickets, the other activities in the plaza are free of charge. These include cooking demonstrations and related seminars.
The event starts at 1 p.m. sharp so get yourself there early. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and include unlimited tasting and a wine glass to take home.