San Francisco Bay Wine

AVA is one of California’s ‘Mega’ appellations. This vast AVA, covering over 1.5 million acres, is affected to varying degrees by coastal fog and winds from San Francisco Bay. The AVA was created in 1999 after petitioning by Wente, one of California’s more influential wineries. The area encompasses the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Alameda, as well as parts of San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Curiously, the appellation also includes San Francisco Bay itself and the City of San Francisco. Evidently, these latter areas were included to justify the validity of the appellation name. The appellation hosts a number of more ecologically-specific viticultural areas, each with its own distinct microclimate. However, the San Francisco Bay AVA could prove a valuable marketing tool for local wineries seeking name recognition in complicated international markets. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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Varietals Produced in San Francisco Bay View all

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of San Francisco Bay

  • Santa Clara

    The Santa Clara Valley, better known to the world as "Silicon Valley", has one of the richest his...

  • Alameda

Popular Wineries in San Francisco Bay View all

  • McGrail Vineyards and Winery

    McGrail Vineyards is a family owned winery specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. On the hilltop of ...

  • Mitchell Katz Winery

    Mitchell Katz Winery is an innovative Livermore Valley winery dedicated exclusively to producin...

  • Retzlaff Estate Wines

    30 years ago Bob and Gloria Retzlaff Taylor planted, on their 14 acre parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon,...

  • Murrieta's Well

    With a deeply rooted history, unsurpassed terroir and rich winemaking heritage, Murrieta’s Well i...

  • Livermore Valley Cellars

    This is a great little winery producing a variety of robust red wines and refreshing whites. We ...

  • Bodegas Aguirre

    Specializing in Estate grown premium red wines, we are proud to present the fruit of the work our...

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  • Liking that Liquid Farm Roger. I picked up a Golden Slope at Bottle Barn a ... ... Barn a ... USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/6/2017)Second bottle of this in the past couple weeks and 5th in the last year. There has been some varition in the past two. The last one had a very oxidative nose. Last night had the fruit... Read More

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... true ... USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz MountainsThis wine was the surprise treat of the evening. My somm Rachel pulled this one out of her hat and nailed it. Color was medium dark red with a slight brickish tinge. The nose featured red berry and light bak... Read More

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  • Concannon Vineyard Red Blend Livermore Valley Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2010


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  • Running With Scissors Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    Not much on the body end and the same with the nose. Mostly red fruit, soft tannins not much of a finish. Paul 82 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to ... ... wine newsletters in the San Francisco Bay Area: The San Francisco Wine Sampling Society. With this as a childhood backdrop, I learned about the pleasures and complexities of food and wine at an early age, along with a healthy love of science. In the late 195... Read More

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  • OK, let's make it interesting and either more fantastic or real, ... a big ... a big catamaran sailing from San Francisco Bay out to the Farallons and beyond for some whale and great white watching. Food is? Wine is?Horseback up into the Blues, or Wallowas, starting from Walla Walla. You're going up for a week or two and have pack animals with... Read More

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  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Madden Ranch Syrah Livermore 2009


    Dark black fruit and spice filling the nose with rich blackberry and black currant notes taking the lead with a touch of bay leaf and black pepper adding a bit of character. This is elegant and austere on the palate, with dark chocolate and cedar notes packing the mouth, followed up by more rich blackberry and black currant. This has a nice smok... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Well, Duncan, Southwestern Florida and SoCal are quite a bit different from ... ... on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay) near Foxall. His English wife was homesick for England, though, so they moved there, settling near Oxford. Three years later I've just learned they've relocated back to Berkeley. Couldn't stand the weather...Where are ... Read More

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  • Wente Vineyards the Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2012


    The rich blackberry and black currant on the nose is smooth and elegant and carries just a hint of herb. Full bodied and round in the mouth with excellent balance between the acidity, tannins and fruit. Blueberry and blackberry notes play against cinnamon and vanilla, leading to a long chewy finish of chocolate.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2010


    I love this wine! Its August 2015 and this wine is stunning! Read More

    Wine review by betthegrey

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