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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Satori Cellars

    Satori Cellars gets its name from two sources; Sandy, Tom & Riley who own the vineyard and manag...

  • Cedar Mountain Winery

    CEDAR MOUNTAIN WINERY was established in the Livermore Valley in 1990. Earl & Linda Ault bought t...

  • John Christopher Cellars

    ohn Christopher Cellars is a family owned winery located in the Livermore Valley producing around...

  • Bent Creek Winery

    Bent Creek Winery is nestled in the rolling hills southeast of Livermore. With the backdrop of an...

  • Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Winery & Vineyard

    Family owned and operated, we do everything from the careful thinning of the grapes to the aging ...

  • Steven Kent, LLC

    We are very proud of our wines and even prouder of the passionate team of wine lovers who make an...

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  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Charles Wetmore 2011


    Dark Cherry and chocolate notes with a smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Michael Keenan's life changed forever in 1997 when his father, Robert ... ... ... Keenan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a family that regularly included the enjoyment of wine as a part of daily life. His mother's European heritage brought good wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy to the dinner table, providing young Michael with an earl... Read More

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  • You guys are tough on details that don't matter sometimes.  I used to ... consider areas north of the San Francisco Bay to be Northern California if it matters to anyone.  Here's an interesting factoid; back in the 1980's I rode my CB650 up the coast and when I crossed the San Mateo Bridge, I went the fastest I have ever gone on a motorcycle -... Read More

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  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Charles Wetmore 2011


    Had at stone creek Read More

    Wine review by gmb468

  • Trader Moon Pinot Grigio San Francisco Bay Venetian Moon 2008


    I don't normally drink white wine.. And by not normally I mean NEVER.. But I was at a business meeting and some served this.. It was delightful! Very crisp, sweet, and clean. Fruit forward but light. Refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by reneeannbutler

  • Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel San Francisco Bay Carla's Vineyard 2003


    Big nose with input from an array of aromasdefinitely big berry fruit, but also some alcoholic hints and some smoky hints. Big blast of fruitcherry and blackberryon the front of the tongue. Definitely alcohol on the back of the palate. Subsequent tastes suggest an unbalance with the alcohol. Fruitiness on introduction is exacerbated by the s... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Some years ago I was a very big fan of Rosenblum Zinfandels.  Something ... ... at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay in Contra Costa County, California.  The sparse production per vine and the cool evening breezes produce perfectly ripe Zinfandel fruit."The vineyards are named after long-time grower Tony Cutino's daughter, Carla Meadows, ... Read More

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  • Wente Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    Creamy tones emerge on the nose followed by subtly sweet layers of fresh herbs, grapefruit, cactus leaves, hints of figs, and pithy citrus notes. elegant on entry and seamless with some riverstones early on the palate followed by a rich, slightly creamy midpalate filled with nuanced herbal accents over a core of slightly candied pink grapefruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Charles Wetmore 2011


    Black olive vegetal nose. A very cool, calm and collected Cab that embraces you with its tannins and red fruit. Easy drinking cab that embodies all the best elements of the grape variety. Read More

    Wine review by cma238

  • Last night got a little serious. Started out simply enough with just me and a ... those under the sun north of San Francisco Bay.Would be interested to hear anyone's experiences with ribolla they'd care to share.Yanked off the web:  And as a footnote, Al, not one yen of corkage was paid. I just made sure the bistro's manager had a topped up gl... Read More

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