Holiday Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers in San Francisco

A lot of us are trying to simplify; we don’t need any more stuff. Happily, more and more people are gifting experiences instead, adventures that will take your gift recipient’s passion to the next level.

For wine lovers on your list who want more than they can get from a tasting at a local bottle shop, San Francisco Wine School offers three types of gift-able classes:

  • Innovative online programs in the School’s virtual classroom – easy to give, and receive
  • On-site workshops just an hour from Napa and Sonoma Wine Country – perfect to pair with San Francisco or Wine Country travel
  • Exciting three-day intensives in wine-loving locales around the US – a new location each time; next stops Las Vega, Napa Valley and New York

Below are three creative gift suggestions for wine lovers, including Blind Wine Tasting BasicsWine Deep-Dives, and CWAS, the only serious wine program focused on California wine.

San Francisco Wine School founder and educator David Glancy is one of only a dozen people in the world to hold both the revered Master Sommelier diploma and a Certified Wine Educator credential, and he was personally responsible for educating 1 in 10 of the world’s Certified Sommeliers. David is a visionary for wine education that matters, making sense of the entire world of wine in a delicious and accessible way.

Blindfolds not included
Blind Wine Tasting Basics gives the gift of confidence that will put anyone at the top of his or her game.  Learn about the physiology of taste and how to evaluate acidity, tannin, residual sugar, and other structural elements of wine while building your wine description vocabulary. Ready for more? Advanced Blind Tasting students hone their tasting skills and learn how to thoroughly and quickly describe and identify wines, all blind. This is a professional-caliber learning experience but intense fun for enthusiasts who like a challenge. Either adds another dimension to a visit to San Francisco. $125 

Stuff a deep-dive gift certificate into every stocking
Want to give (or receive?) a “deep dive” into a single wine region, while visiting The City by the Bay? San Francisco Wine School invites sampling – give any three-hour workshop that is part of a longer wine program, which allows wine lovers to immerse themselves in an elite wine experience without committing to an entire series. For those crazy for California on your list, consider “Napa Valley Rocks,” “Santa Barbara & Beyond,” or six others. French wine fanatics can choose from 11 renowned wine regions, like Côte d’Or, Bordeaux, Southern France and Champagne; world travelers have their pick of three hours in Italy, Spain and more. Got a wine science geek on your list? “Tasting, Chemistry and Flaws” is for them. $125 

Get set to be the wine-savviest person on your block
CWAS—the only serious wine program focused on California wine, is available in two easy-to-gift formats: a nine-week Online Program that can be completed by anyone with web access and a wine glass, and a 3-Day Traveling Intensive that takes place in a new wine-loving location each quarter (upcoming Intensives: Las Vegas, New York, and Napa Valley).$995-$1450

Learn more at http://sanfranciscowineschool.com/gift-a-class.