Jeff Maher in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - In part two of my recent San Francisco excursion, I took in a breathtaking demonstration of aeronautical mastery then headed to an island concealing treasures that locals don't even know about.
It seems I picked the perfect weekend to take a trip to San Francisco. Not only were there more things to do than I could choose from, but it was also "Fleet Week," dedicated to our armed forces in the air and sea, and a chance for me and thousands of others to see the Blue Angels.
But my time with the Angels did not come without a price. By the time I got back to my vehicle, I had a $90 parking ticket on the windshield. Wonderful! That, along with the crowds and difficulty finding parking was my cue to get out of downtown for a bit. So I went to a place I had never been before -- Treasure Island.
Upon reaching Treasure Island, I stopped at what I thought was an old World-War-II era hangar. Turns out, the hangar concealed its own treasure in the form of a winery.
Bryan Kane, who is the head vintner of Winery SF, revealed how wine lovers in the Bay Area are now flocking to Treasure Island to satisfy their palates, "I would say every single day, more and more people are figuring out that Treasure Island is becoming San Francisco's wine country."
Kane says the hangar, built in the 1940s by the Navy, is large enough to accommodate as many as 1,000 people for special events.
He explained that the grapes are brought in from northern regions, synonymous with great wine, like Napa and Sonoma. Some of the wine is made on site, and there are plenty of free samples to go around," said Kane.
Megan Nunes, who was visiting Winery SF for the first time said, "So it's kind of like, people that are from here don't even know about it, so it's cool that we get that sneak preview, per say, into something that is not very advertised, so it's really cool. A hidden treasure, on Treasure Island, fancy that!"
During my visit, it was also revealed to me that Treasure Island features one of the best views of the San Francisco cityscape, and if I were to stand at the right spot, at the right moment, I would be privy to another one of the island's great secrets-- an exquisite sunset beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
The dense fog bank unfortunately prevented my experiencing the sun dipping down beyond the bridge, but the view was spectacular nonetheless and provided a fitting end to a wonderful day.