At Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, we offer semi-private wine and food tasting events for up to 60 guests in our retail and back bar area, as well as a full store and bar buyout for groups up to 150 guests. For a private venue, we can accommodate 125+ people in the Port Commission Hearing Room, a lovely, waterfront room off the Grand Hall upstairs in the Ferry Building, showcasing beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay, busy ferry terminal and artistically lit Bay Bridge.
Our tastings consist of a variety of delicious artisanal wines, specifically selected by our expert wine merchants, for guests to enjoy throughout your event. We also offer a wide selection of appetizers such as cheese platters from our own Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant in Napa, as well as from Cowgirl Creamery, Boccalone charcuterie platters, and an assortment of other delicious, seasonal appetizers from our fellow merchants in the Ferry Building ~ Golden Gate Meats, MarketBar, Slanted Door, and El Porteño, to name a few.
Here are a few Private Event ideas:
Wine tasting and appetizer mixer: For a more casual event, pre-selected wines and appetizers are prepared for guests to taste as they enjoy each other's company. Our bar staff and management are available to describe the wines and answer any questions guests may have throughout the evening.
Brown bag tasting: This is a fun, interactive event where guests taste unidentified wines and correctly match them to prepared tasting notes. The guest who matches them correctly receives a gift from our wine store (ie. bottle of wine, gift certificate, etc). This is a fun, educational and casual team building experience for everyone to enjoy. For groups up to 25.
Wine & cheese pairing: Explore and, sometimes, be surprised how beautifully wine and cheese complement each other. We pair wine and cheeses for the group to taste. Our wine experts are available to describe the flavor profiles throughout the tasting. If you would like to host your event at your office or other designated venue, we offer off-site food and wine tastings as well.