On our last trip to Napa (August 2015), we decided to spend one night in San Francisco to see our beloved Nationals get revenge on the Giants for the 2014 NLDS. I was excited to visit AT&T Park, located right on San Francisco Bay in the heart of downtown. And I was thrilled to watch baseball in a stadium with more wine choices than just Sutter Home Chardonnay. After going to over 20 games a season in DC, I had lost all patience for mediocre wine.
Upon entering the ballpark, hubby and I made a beeline for the wine cart on the view level. While not quite wine geek level wine, the wine cart definitely had a respectable selection of California wine, including: Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay, A by Acacia Chardonnay, Brassfield Estate Pinot Grigio, CK Mondavi Chardonnay, Clos Du Bois Sauvignon Blanc, Mulderborch Rose (From South Africa), Francis Ford Coppola Votre Sante Pinot Noir, Stone Cellars Merlot, De Loach Cabernet Sauvignon, and Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon.
Now on to the main course — the perfect food and wine pairing of the ballpark has to be the Dungeness Crab sandwich on toasted buttery sourdough bread from Crazy Crab’z, served with a glass of Saint Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut Sparking Wine (cover photo and below). They even serve it to you in a tall (plastic) champagne flute. From the Langueoc-Roussillon region in Southern France, this wine is a combination of aromas of white nectarine and pear, with tasting notes of green apple, citrus cream, and fresh baked bread. It hit the spot.
And finally, for the last few innings (which we were completely losing, sigh….) I tried a delicious Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir from Monterey ON TAP from the glorious Vintage 58 Wine Bar. It was the perfect way to end our time at AT&T Park, and kept me distracted from the fact that we lost 3 – 1.
Nats Park —take notice! The city that drinks more wine per capita than any other city in the United States (ahem, Washington, DC) NEEDS BETTER WINE OPTIONS. Totally open to any angel investor out there that wants to sponsor my future wine cart….seriously, call me!