Restaurant Review: Oakland, California

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This Grand Lake–neighborhood wine bar and shop is where the cool kids like to hang and talk natural wine with the young, very passionate staff. The 15 wines by the glass change almost daily, as most are from small producers or from small cuvées, like the “orange” sauvignon from Donkey & Goat or the latest from Nic Coturri. French wines fill the shelves on the long wall, with a good selection of magnums, too. There are wines from the Jura, Binner (Alsace), and Clos du Jaugueyron (Bordeaux) as well as more familiar producers like Lapierre from Beaujolais and Mosse from the Loire. There’s a bit of cheese and charcuterie to go with the wines and, on a whim, there might be a pop-up dinner.

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