Wine and Baseball

Twice a year, the San Francsico Giants host Winefest at AT&T Park. The Winefest event includes pre-game wine tasting in Seals Plaza, a collector’s edition wine stopper and a chance to watch the San Francidsco Giants play some baseball. Winefest I on May 9 had wines to taste from several of Californias wine regions including Trefethen and Mumm from Napa, Hanna from Sonoma, Klinker Brick from Lodi, Winery SF on Treasure Island, Fetzer in Monterey, and Jeriko in Mendocino Starborough from New Zealand also poured their wines. The tasting was followed by the Giants trouncing the Atlanta Braves 10-1 on a glorious warm spring afternoon. Winefest II on August 9 is an evening game and includes pre-game wine tasting 5-7pm in Seals Plaza and a ticket to watch the SF Giants take on the Baltimore Orioles.

At AT&T Park, once the game starts there are many options for wine. Vintage 58 Wine Bar which opened this season is on the Promenade level behind home plate. This wine bar has California wines on tap from Silver Tap and Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma and Green Lip from New Zealand. You can also have Brut from France, Prosecco from Italy, Malbec from Argentina or Barbera from Italy. The selection here is extensive and includes both California and international wines. You can buy a single glass or get a double so you have more wine to enjoy while watching the game.  And stay tuned, because carafes are in the works so soon you will be able to buy a whole bottle of wine to enjoy during the game without having to leave your seat for refills.  There are also wine carts located around the ball park where you can buy wines by the glass but Vintage 58 has the largest and most diverse wine selections.

Because San Franciscans not only love wine, but food as well, it’s not surprising that you can find some amazing food and wine pairings at AT&T Park. At the North Beach concession stand you can get Meatballs from US Restaurant paired with Umani Ronchi an Italian San Giovese wine or an Italian Sausage sandwich with tasty spices that pairs wonderfully with the San Giovese. My favorite pairing though is the Crazy Crab sandwich with sparkling French Brut St. Hilarie, a creamy yeasty bubbly that provides a perfect match to the tasty crab and butter coated grilled sourdough of the crazy crab sandwich. Try it, you’ll definitely be glad you did!

So, if you’re visiting AT&T Park for an SF Giants game, don’t be suprised if you soon hear someone singing the  lyrics, “take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd buy me some wine and some bubbly… ” And, if you have some favorite food and wine pairings from AT&T Park please do let me know what they are.

To purchase tickets for Winefest II at AT&T Park on August 9. 2013, goto:

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One Response to “Wine and Baseball”

  1. Jennifer says on :

    Combining two of my favorite things! Going to baseball games is something I definitely miss as an expat living in Italy.