Wine and Dine

San Francisco is dripping in delectability with the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival and the Family Winemakers of California Tasting Event. Gorge yourself on the tastes and trends of true culinary innovators. The Chocolate Festival is a two-day long celebration, hosted by the longest operating chocolate company in the nation, and presents advancements in chocolate-making from over 40 vendors leading the pack, including local restaurants, bakeries, and chocolate companies. This year’s festival is Ghirardelli’s largest endeavor to date. An estimated 40,000 attendees partake in the festival’s treats, live entertainment, chef demonstrations, contests, and more. A bake-off contest awards locals who produce treats using Ghirardelli products -- prizes include marks for best cookie, cake, and creative entry. This family-friendly festival also hosts a chocolatier scavenger hunt for QR scanner code clues posted throughout the venue. The Family Winemakers of California Tasting Event is the most comprehensive gathering of California wines in the world and makes for the perfect after-chocolate wash. Now in its 22nd year, the event showcases over 300 participating vintners and offers new tastes from 30 first-time wineries. Small, family operations present unique and obscure selections of more than 750 wines and over 50 varietals. (An interactive map of showcased varietals is available for web-savvy lushes online.) Attendees receive a commemorative glass, cheese, and can partake in selections from an onsite crêperie. Celebrity sommelier Courtney Cochran hosts a VIP tasting lounge of eight lesser known varietals, but space is limited. S.F. is a vice city, after all -- drown your senses in the flavors that are redefining the culinary industry.
Sun., Sept. 9, 2012

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