From the issue Green Scene
Isle of Wines
Not all of the Bay Area's most interesting wines are experienced amidst rolling latticed vineyards and opulent tasting rooms. Some are enjoyed in giant warehouses on an island. Over the last few years, Treasure Island has been quietly building a reputation for pouring excellent wines. While the grapes are grown elsewhere, the wide-open warehouses here are ideal for producing, bottling, and, of course, drinking award-winning vintages. You can drive out to TI, but for those looking to sip and swirl with abandon, the Muni 108 can be your chauffeur. Start your island vino-journey at The Winery SF. Its 20,000-square-foot warehouse blends favorites such as the double-gold-medal-winning Flower Power Grenache. Next, make your way to the western shore and walk up Avenue of the Palms to 9th Street. Turn right, and in a few blocks you'll reach Treasure Island Wines, the first winery on the island. Here you can sample from Treasure Island Wines' own label and from four other small operations like Eristavi Winery (on many Saturdays, Victor Eristavi, the owner and winemaker, is on site and it's not difficult to persuade him to open the barrels). Spend the rest of the day strolling to any of a handful of tasting opportunities including Fat Grape Winery, which makes blends with no added sulfites. Pour it on!
From San Francisco, catch the 108 Muni bus from the Transbay Temporary Terminal (on Beale between Howard and Folsom). The Winery SF is located at 200 California Ave., Bldg. 180 North. They're open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Treasure Island Wines is located at 995 9th St. Bldg. 201. They're open on Saturdays form 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fat Grape Winery is located at 1080 Ave. M. They're open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The bus is not dog-friendly, but the wineries are.