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posted on September 29, 2017
Smuggler’s Cove
review by Erik Tennyson

Behind a veneer of tinted glass on a quiet block in Hayes Valley, Smuggler’s Cove looks like it was decorated by Captain Hook after a few too many Mai Tais. The drink menu features more than 80 cocktails from every corner of ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
The Punchdown
review by Barbara Haimes

At D.C. Looney’s lively natural-wine bar in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, you can almost pretend you’re at a natural-wine bar in Paris, with its tiled walls and wooden back bar. The list is French-dominant, to go with the menu (think marrow bones and Comté cheese plates), ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Rich Table
review by Luke Sykora

Some of Sara and Evan Rich’s dishes—like the porcini-dusted donuts and the sardine chips—have already taken on an iconic status in San Francisco, and the wine list, once a mere 40 bottles deep, has grown significantly under current wine director Dominique Henderson. She offers something for everyone, ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Mister Jiu’s
review by Barbara Haimes

Chef Brandon Jew transforms flavors and textures you may have encountered before at a Chinese restaurant into singular dishes, like an ethereal, silken crab custard topped with crabmeat and accented with a few shavings of pickled carrot. Mister Jiu’s wine director, ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Miminashi
review by Julia Weinberg

Miminashi is wine-nerd heaven: Of the 100 or so bottles Jessica Pinzon DiFede lists, nearly 30 are riesling or Champagne. She finds that they pair particularly well with the food offered by her husband and partner, Curtis DiFede: precise and inventive izakaya dishes honed through ongoing studies in Japan. Pro tip: ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
La Ciccia
review by Daria Frum

Thanks to Massimiliano Conti’s Sardinian food and the hospitality of his wife, Lorella Degan, La Ciccia emanates warmth. Ask for a recommendation rather than trying to navigate the wealth of Sardinian wines yourself—perhaps you’ll end up with a refreshing, ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Hillside Supper Club
review by Daria Frum

With its Craftsman aesthetic, chalkboard menu and Mason jar–encased light bulbs, Hillside Supper Club is a casual Bernal Heights spot offering elevated takes on farmhouse fare. Austin Ferrari handles the wines, and places coveted crus from Coche-Dury side by side with $40 ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
High Treason
review by Luke Sykora

This wine bar from Michael Ireland and John Vuong—both former fine-dining sommeliers—is a much-needed addition to SF’s Richmond District, long a wine desert. Ireland’s collection of punk, electronic and hip-hop records creates a playlist that mirrors the adventurous wines, from savory Hervé Villemade Cour-Cheverny to ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Heirloom Café
review by Luke Sykora

Owner Matt Strauss based the wine list at Heirloom Café on his own collection of properly aged gems, which range from back vintages of Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet to Hanzell pinot noirs from the 1970s and ’80s. The food ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Foreign Cinema
review by Luke Sykora

Gayle Pirie and John Clarke took over Foreign Cinema in 2001, two years after it opened, and on most nights one of them can still be found on premises, making sure everything’s running smoothly. Stop in for a glass of bubbles and ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Cala
review by Daria Frum

In a converted Hayes Valley garage, Mexico City–born chef Gabriela Cámara turns out vividly flavored Mexican food, often seafood-driven—think halibut ceviche with fennel, daikon radish and jalapeños. And Lauren Feldman’s tight wine list is clearly chosen with Cámara’s food in mind. The ...Read the full review

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