Book San Francisco Wine School for your next private event. Our brand new, sunlight-filled wine education center boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, City Hall and the San Francisco Bay. Two sets of moveable acoustic walls allow us to configure the 4,000 sq ft center in a variety of ways - from three private rooms to one grand event space. Modular furniture allows table seating for 130 and walk-around gatherings of up to 400. Our state-of-the-art AV system with multiple mobile 80" monitors puts your content in just the right place. Catering options are endless.
- corporate off-site meetings
- dinner parties
- team-building events
- private wine education
- trade and consumer tastings
- special celebrations
- third party examinations
- educational seminars
- industry talks, panels and demos
Whether for business or pleasure, Edu-tainment and Edu-tasting is our specialty! Themes can be selected from below or completely customized. Venue rentals start at $400 and edu-tasting events start at $1,250. Please note that all guests attending an event at San Francisco Wine School must be 21 or older. Hosting private events at a location of your choice is always an option.
Taste Like A Pro - Blind Wine Tasting Basics
This is the perfect foundational class for wine lovers of all experience levels! You and your guests will have a blast learning professional blind wine tasting techniques at San Francisco Wine School. Begin with a short sparkling wine reception while enjoying our gorgeous new Wine Education Center. Then have a seat for your private edu-tasting with one of our industry leading instructors who will teach you how to identify varietals, region, and age based on sight, smell and taste alone and how to talk about wine using a common language. Discover what characteristics you like and don’t like and become a more savvy consumer. Once you’ve got the hang of the techniques, you’ll test your new skills with a friendly competition.. This makes a fantastic social event or team building exercise and will surely be a hit with your group.
Wine Maker For A Day Blending Sessions
Learn about blending, label design and advertising in this fun and competitive team setting. Your group will explore 4 different varietals, how they interact together, how to read and create a wine label, and tips for marketing wine. Then they’ll be set loose to create their own custom blends, name their wines, design their own labels and create their own commercials for their masterpiece. Judging can be done by your instructor or by panel. Awards may be given for Best Blend, Best Label, and Best Commercial. Teams can enjoy the rest of the wine after class for happy hour as they share their team experiences with each other - a great time to add in some hors d'oeuvres.
Judgement of Paris - California vs France
In 1976, the world famous Judgment of Paris brought California into the forefront of the wine scene when a 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and 1971 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon won the blind French competition. In this fun and engaging tasting, our instructors will guide guests through a series of wine flights comparing the same varietals from California & France noticing differences in fruit, earth, wood & other aromas as well as other differentiating characteristics such as sugar, acid, tannin & alcohol. Blind tasting techniques will be discussed throughout the sessions.
Food & Wine Pairing Lab
Our industry leading instructors will guide the audience through 16-36 different combinations of food flavors and wine while discussing the fundamentals of food & wine pairing theory. The audience will discover some heavenly delights and horrific train wrecks and leave knowing first hand what works and doesn’t at the dinner table.
4 Course / 4 Wine Food & Wine "Playing" Private Dining Experience
Enjoy the beautiful views of City Hall, The San Bruno Mountains and the San Francisco Bay from your own private room where one of San Francisco Wine School’s industry leading instructors will be dedicated to your service and lead your guests through an engaging four course private dining experience. You'll enjoy a gourmet 4 course meal prepared by Resident Chef Danae McLaughlin and a selection of 4 distinct wines designed to illuminate food and wine pairing theory. Discover your perfect bite and those of your peers as you engage in lively discussions throughout the evening and take home new knowledge and an appreciation for food and wine "playing.”
Course 1: Radicchio Slaw with Grapefruit Supreme and Turmeric Vinaigrette
Course 2: Salted Bacalao with Putanesca
Course 3: Shrimp Fatale over Radish Sprouts
Course 4: Chocolate Bouchon and Signature Milk Chocolate Truffle
4 Course / 8 Wine Gourmet Food & Wine “Playing” Private Dining Experience
Let one of San Francisco Wine School’s industry leading instructors guide your guests through a memorable private dining experience. Enjoy a gourmet 4-course meal prepared by Resident Chef Danae McLaughlin and 8 carefully curated wines. Each course is paired with 2 different selections designed to compare and contrast with the flavor components of each dish. Select a theme of Old World vs New World, Northern vs Southern Italy, Red vs White, or you can come up with your own! Which pairing will be the crowd favorite?
Course 2: Seared Scallops with Forbidden Rice Risotto Cake, Radish Sprouts and Lemon Pepper Sauce
Course 3: Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Reduction, Potato Gratin and Roasted Root Vegetables