Food Pairing Competition | Luxury Wine Bazaar | Service Olympics | Scholarship Auction

South San Francisco, California (October 5th, 2017) In collaboration with The San Francisco Chronicle,
San Francisco Wine School invites the public to join their community for a spectacular Luxury Wine Anniversary Celebration and Scholarship Auction benefitting the Glancy Wine Education Fund the afternoon of Saturday, October 21st!  

The San Francisco Wine School’s journey to create the largest wine school in the country has been a very heart felt mission for founder, Master Sommelier David Glancy. This very special event marks 6 years in operation and 2-years in their beautiful Wine Education and Event Center. The afternoon’s VIP experience will kick off the celebration with a seriously entertaining "somm smackdown” during their Perfect Pairings Competition. Famed wine writer, Alder Yarrow, joins as special guest judge for this incredibly unique seated dining experience. The audience will taste and judge alongside Mr Yarrow as La Folie's Rob Renteria and Guild of Sommelier's Vincent Morrow introduce their wine picks for the best pairings with unique presentations of oysters, caviar, truffles, and Hudson Valley Foie Gras prepared by Resident Chef, Danae McLaughlin.

Then the celebration really gets going as guests delight in one of San Francisco Wine School’s ever-popular Wine Bazaars. All attendees will meander and taste exquisite luxury wines sponsored by Rare Wine Company and Henry Wine Group and enjoy One Ocean’s Raw Bar and Chef McLaughlin’s Luxury Bites Buffet. Wines tasted at the event will be available to purchase and take home. Guests will roar with laughter and excitement as their favorite somms compete throughout the afternoon in San Francisco Wine School’s light-hearted Service Olympics. Events will include a friendly Speed Sabering Competition, Riedel Serpentine Decanter Race and Sparkling Wine Relay! Exclusive wine, accessories and experiences offered by some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants, wine companies and professionals will be showcased in the Live and Silent Auction. Tickets are available at

All profits for this event will benefit the 501c3 qualified Glancy Wine Education Fund , which provides scholarships to worthy students looking to start or advance a career in wine or hospitality. The fund’s inaugural scholarship cycle this past August revealed an incredibly underserved community of wine professionals. In just three short weeks, the fund received 60 applications with requests totaling over $100,000. 97% of the applicants fell below the "living wage” threshold.

“We were shocked by the level of interest and need in our professional community are so happy to be coming together with others in the industry to support those who dedicate their careers to making wine more enjoyable for everyone” says Kristin Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of San Francisco Wine School.

Applications for 2018 Glancy Wine Education Scholarships and donations to the fund are being accepted now through November 17th. Apply or donate at



1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 21st, 2017
VIP Luxury Pairings Competition 1:00-3:00 PM
GA Luxury Wine Bazaar 3:00 PM -6:00 PM
Tickets available at



San Francisco Wine School
415 Grand Ave, Top Floor
South San Francisco, CA 94080


San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study.  Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art Wine Education and Events Center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines.  

San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning.  Their beautiful new sunlight-filled Wine Education and Event Center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events.


San Francisco Wine School believes that every motivated and engaged student should have access to high quality, professional education in his or her trade. Sadly, many jobs in hospitality and the wine industry pay well below equivalent positions in other industries and those truly passionate about their field, cannot afford the education they need to begin or advance their careers. Since their inception in 2011, San Francisco Wine School has been funding their own tuition assistance programs as well as providing flexible financing and internships to worthy recipients. As the offerings and awareness of their school expanded, the financial need of deserving students outpaced their ability to serve. In 2017, the 5013c qualified Glancy Wine Education Fund was established to provide scholarships to San Francisco Wine School Students in search of financial aid. For more information about the fund or to make a tax-deductible donation visit


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