Coming up on Saturday June 4th in San Francisco is The Vinguard’s signature event, WINeFare, a wine tasting event featuring 40 womxn-owned natural wineries and importers who will be pouring at the Haight Street Art Center. In addition to hundreds of wines, there will be ciders, co-ferments, and rice wine. WINeFare was the first and quite possibly remains the only wine tasting event in the world featuring womxn in the natural wine movement.
The Vinguard is from founder Pamela Busch, who opened the second wine bar in San Francisco in 1994, Hayes & Vine (I loved that place) and later, CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen in 2005. She started the (now nonprofit) The Vinguard in 2013, inspired by and in response to the discrimination she experienced (sexism, homophobia, and agism) in the wine industry throughout her career. The Vinguard created WINeFare in 2018 to give womxn in natural wine a platform for their work as they were often shut out and sidelined. WINeFare provides a safe haven and space for womxn at wine tastings where everyone feels respected and valued. Read more about what makes WINeFare different.
Don’t miss this event, whose slogan this year is: Make Wine, Not War on Womxn’s Bodies. Cheers to that. Tickets are $45; discounts are available for essential workers, educators, students, seniors, and food and beverage industry workers. 1pm-5pm, Haight Street Art Center, 215 Haight St. at Laguna.