Here’s an idea we like: save yourself the one hour drive north, and let the fine wines come to you.

As part of the first stop of the 2012-2013 AC World Series in San Francisco this week, Napa Valley wineries will be pouring for guests at the Race Village at Marina Green.

The world’s fastest 45-foot catamarans are racing in the magnificent amphitheater of San Francisco Bay, along the city shoreline, providing viewers with unprecedented vistas of the races. A second AC World Series in San Francisco will take place October 2-7, coinciding with Fleet Week.

“The America’s Cup is a fantastic way to showcase the wines of Napa Valley. This high-profile, world-renowned sporting event’s stature perfectly aligns with the high quality and world renown of Napa Valley, America’s premier wine region,” said Linda Reiff, executive director of the Napa Valley Vintners.

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Featured Wineries for August in San Francisco include: Atalon Winery, Bouchaine Vineyards, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Duckhorn Vineyards, Freemark Abbey, Heitz Wine Cellars, Heritance, Miner Family Winery, Mt. Brave, PEJU, Saintsbury, Schweiger Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Somerston, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, and Waterstone.

The next Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series (July-August 2013) and America’s Cup Match (September 2013) will be held for the first time in San Francisco Bay, a natural sailing arena where more than one million spectators are expected.

Team Stark will be on location this week on the Bay and will have more sights and sounds coming soon.

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.