May brings spring flowers, Mother’s Day, and a cluster of great wine events around the Bay Area. Many of these sell out in advance, and you’re going to be real sad if everyone else is heading out for a fun day of food and red, white and pink wine tasting and you’re shut out. So better get your tickets soon.

Here are just a few of my fave’s to get you started:

California Cabernet Society ~ Passport to Cabernet May 7, 2012
3:30 – 5:30 PM

ONCE-A-YEAR opportunity to taste wines from the California Cabernet Society member wineries. This event is an even rarer opportunity for CONSUMERS to have a first glimpse of the character of the 2011 Cabernet harvest. Furthermore, you may also taste over 100 of the newest releases from our exclusive member wineries, while speaking directly with the actual winemakers and winery principals.

Each spring the California Cabernet Society holds this major Barrel tasting, Passport to Cabernet, showcasing barrel samples from the most recent vintage…the 2011 harvest. This is a tremendous and rare opportunity for consumers to taste and evaluate the promise and excitement of the newest harvest from our 65 member wineries and their potential to develop into outstanding finished wines…and don’t forget the 100 latest release wines from our Napa/Sonoma member wineries. Gourmet appetizers will be served as well. We look forward to seeing you there. Cheers!

Where: The Bently Reserve
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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8th Annual PINK OUT! May 8th, 2012
6:30-9:00 PM

Rosé Avengers & Producers and Chef Lam of Butterfly restaurant host the 8th Annual PINK OUT! SF on Tuesday, May 8th 2012. TasteLive — the world’s premier online tasting community — will host a live streaming broadcast from Butterfly with wine bloggers tasting remotely from around the U.S. The virtual tasting is sponsored by CellarPass, Mutineer magazine, and featured a special selection of fine rosés. The consumer tasting happens from 6:30pm to 9:00pm with tickets on sale now.

The Pink Out! SF celebration at Butterfly restaurant will feature an extensive walk-around tasting of 40-plus classic still and sparkling rosés from throughout the world, accompanied by delicious appetizers and chill DJ grooves by Durojaiye Versatile. Chef Lam will once again dished up rosé-inspired Pan-Pacific appetizers from sustainably and organically sourced ingredients. Guests are encouraged to sport their most fun and entertaining pink attire.
Online Advance Tickets: online $35 per person $45 at door if available (this event has sold out every year, there are no cash refunds)
Where: Butterfly Restaurant, Pier 33, San Francisco CA 94111

Taste Alexander Valley 2012! May 19-20, 2012
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

An hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge lies the Alexander Valley, the perfect blend of charm, sophistication, and the easy confidence of people (and grapes) comfortable in their own skin. If Mother Nature were a winemaker, this is where she would live. Located at the northern end of Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley is 22 miles long and varies in width from two to seven miles.

The valley is best known for the world-famous Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that thrive from the valley floor all the way up the rolling hillsides and mountain ridges. The gravelly loam soils straddling the river also encourage Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot to flourish. Alexander Valley is also home to Zinfandel and Rhone varieties, including Syrah and Viognier.

The 15th annual Taste Alexander Valley is the major event produced each year by the Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association. We invite you to join us!

On Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 over 30 wineries will host their own special wine and food parties offering wine and food pairings, live entertainment and special weekend wine discounts. One ticket gets you access to all the parties! Come and experience the best of the casually elegant wine country lifestyle that makes the Alexander Valley a premier international tourist destination!

Weekend Pass – $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door
Weekend Pass (designated driver) – $20 per person in advance, $30 at the door
Sunday Only $45 per person in advance, $55 at the door
Sunday Only (designated driver) $15 advance, $25 at the door

Visit website for tickets.

7th Annual Ghirardelli Square Uncorked! Wine Festival May 19, 2012
1-6:00 PM

Ghirardelli Square is pleased to present the Seventh Annual Uncorked! Wine Festival on May 19, 2012. Food and wine lovers will gather at the historic Ghirardelli Square to enjoy wines from more than 40 top-tier wineries, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations by top San Francisco chefs, and wine education seminars. Uncorked! has once again partnered with local non-profit organization, Save The Bay, and will donate a portion of proceeds raised from ticket sales to support the organization’s efforts to protect, restore and celebrate the San Francisco Bay.

Uncorked! Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square will take place from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. throughout the courtyards of the historic square and extend onto Beach Street, adjacent to the Square and Aquatic Park. Uncorked! Tasting tickets are $50 each and include unlimited tastings and a souvenir wine glass. VIP tickets are available for $80 per person and include access to a VIP area which will feature exclusive wine education, special sponsored activities, reserve wine tastings, and general admission to the event. All other activities and demonstrations featured at the festival are free of charge. Guests are also encouraged to visit all of the unique retail stores and restaurants on the Square to experience special deals available only during Uncorked!

Visit Website: Uncorked! Tickets

Where: Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

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