It's Official, San Francisco Wine School is Open...! Open...! Open...!
When planning our Grand Opening Extravaganza, we thought big. From November 6th through 12th, our Wine Education Center was filled with people checking out the beautiful new space for the first time, tasting, learning, networking, and celebrating. With 7 Days, 10 events, and 400 people, our Grand Opening was nothing short of amazing.
Here’s a recap video one of our students did covering the Ribbon Cutting and Open House. Check it out for an insider look at some of our festivities.
Our Ribbon Cutting was a momentous occasion attended by many members of the South San Francisco government and The Chamber of Commerce, along with friends, students, and our extended San Francisco Wine School family. After being presented with the California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, school owners and managing partners Kristin Campbell and David Glancy delivered sentimental speeches. Glancy then performed a picture-perfect sabering of an icy magnum of Paillard Champagne before a riveted crowd.
Our Interactive Viewing of the movie 'Somm' on Friday night was great fun as we watched and paused periodically for anecdotes and tidbits from stars of the movie DLynn Proctor and Reggie Narito. We tasted wines from the movie and compared their bouquets with a freshly cut garden hose, Grandma’s purse and a freshly opened can of tennis balls just as the Somms in the movie picked out these descriptors. We snacked on three kinds of gourmet popcorn and sliders to celebrate our first, good old-fashioned movie night.
On Saturday, November 7th, more than 150 people came through our Grand Tasting and Open House and visited tables representing each of our programs. Guests tasted wines and enjoyed cheese and accoutrements at our French, Italian, California, and Global Wines tables as they engaged with instructors and learned about our course offerings. We also held service and tasting demos before an audience to introduce them to our Somm Essentials curriculum. Attendees were also able explore private event and corporate training possibilities as they saw the center in action. Our gorgeous space took quite well to being filled with wine, cheer and bustling conversation.
On Wednesday and Thursday, attendees of our two Industry Talks were educated by panelists with diverse experience in each subject. Moderated by David Glancy, MS, How to Build a Successful Wine Program panelists included top Somms of San Francisco: Haley Guild Moore of the Stock and Bones Group, Rob Renteria of La Folie, Petra Polakovicova of Epic Steak, and Christopher Gaither of Gary Danko. Clarifying Credential Blur, also moderated by Glancy, featured panelists Tim Gaiser, MS, Tim Marson, MW and WSET Diplomas Michael Perry and Fred Swan. Their perspectives helped illuminate each of these often-misunderstood topics.
Our promotional Grand Opening Series of workshops included Beer & Sake, Wines of Germany and Eastern Europe, Red Wines of Southern Italy, and Bordeaux. These were sellouts, attended by first time and repeat students, making themselves at home in our new space.
Thank you so much for supporting our Grand Opening at San Francisco Wine School! We couldn't have done it without you!
See more images of our space and the festivities below:
Welcome to San Francisco Wine School!
Cheese and Champagne for our Grand Tasting
Our view of South San Francisco City Hall by Night
Certificate of Recognition from Assemblyman Kevin Mullen
Learn about our Private Events and Corporate Training
Guests enjoying Wine, Bites, and Conversation at the Grand Tasting