Private Events at San Francisco Wine School 

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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.

Perfect for:

  • 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. 

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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 what it takes to make a great blend in this fun and competitive team setting!  Your group will explore 4 different varietals, how they interact together when combined and how to read and create a wine label.  Then they’ll be set loose to create their own custom blends, name their wines, design their own labels and even create and perform their own commercials when time allows.  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.



Perfect Flights Edu-Tasting

Custom curated wine flight selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and hosted by one of San Francisco Wine School’s industry leading instructors who will guide your guests through the stories behind each wine selected including producer history, wine characteristics, regional influences, climate, soils and primary grape profiles. Select your own theme or let us suggest one for you.  Your experience includes wine friendly nosh platter of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, roasted vegetables. This is a great way to kickoff a seated educational or private dining experience.

Perfect Pairings Wine & Bites Edu-Tasting Reception

Find your perfect bite! Enjoy custom curated food & wine pairings selected by Master Sommelier David Glancy and prepared by Resident Chef Danae McLaughlin. Your event will be hosted by one of San Francisco Wine School’s industry leading instructors who will guide your guests through food & wine pairing theory as you explore several bites and sips discussing wine and food characteristics and why they work together.  Select your own theme or let us suggest one for you.  This is a great way to kickoff a seated educational or private dining experience.


4 Course / 4 Wine Food & Wine "Playing" 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 prepared by Resident Chef Danae McLaughlin and 
Master Sommelier David Glancy.  Explore and savor your flight of 4 distinct wines designed to illuminate food and wine pairing theory as you mix and match the combinations throughout your meal. Discover your perfect bite and those of your peers as you engage in lively discussions this special evening and take home new knowledge and an appreciation for food and wine "playing. 

The Ultimate Gourmet Food & Wine “Playing”  Experience

Let one of San Francisco Wine School’s industry leading instructors guide your guests through a private dining experience you won't forget. Enjoy a gourmet 4-course meal prepared by Resident Chef Danae McLaughlin with 8 wines carefully curated by  Master Sommelier David Glancy. Each course will be expertly paired with 2 unique selections designed to compare and contrast with the flavor components of each dish.  Select your theme of California vs France, Northern vs Southern Italy, Spain vs Portugal, Red vs White, or dream up with your own!  Which pairing will be the crowd favorite?    

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Our Clients 

Accenture AO North America Apttus Deloitte
First Crush
GE Transportation
GE Software
Southern Wine Spirits of America
World Presidents Association
Young Presidents Association





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 & 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 brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events 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—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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