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posted on March 22, 2017
Income Tax
review by John Lenart

A wine bar named after a classic cocktail, a bottle list that outsells by-the-glass selections, and a menu designed around the wine list: This is Income Tax, a new reason to head to Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Owner Nelson Finch ...Read the full review

posted on February 6, 2017
FLG Terroir
review by Elaine Chukan Brown

Late last year, Fred Wojtkielewicz transformed local downtown favorite The Wine Lo into FLG Terroir, a conversation-friendly wine lover’s retreat. The space is warm and expansive, with stone-cut tile, an exposed beam ceiling and an open kitchen. The wine ...Read the full review

posted on December 13, 2016
a.Kitchen + bar
review by Emily Teel & Benjamin Lemoine

Sleek and modern, a.Kitchen is where you’ll find Mariel Wega, one of Wine & Spirits’ Best New Sommeliers of 2016. Her selection of 250-plus wines, including an array of large-format bottles and splits, feels as though ...Read the full review

posted on December 12, 2016
The Good King Tavern
review by Emily Teel & Benjamin Lemoine

Bohemian and gregarious, with a convivial European spirit, The Good King is like countless places in France, but it’s the only one like it in Philadelphia. Co-owners Chloe Grigri and her father, Bernard, a wine importer, have created a true bistro à vins in Bella Vista. While the menu ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Union Larder
review by Luke Sykora

Run by Jay Esopenko and Melissa Gugni, who also own the Little Vine wine shop in North Beach, Union Larder is where the cool kids hang out after work, thanks to the cheeses curated by Kristi Bachman, former program director of the Cheese School of San Francisco, and a ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
The Punchdown
review by Barbara Haimes

After closing for a while, Oakland’s lively natural wine bar re-opened in the Uptown neighborhood last year. With its tiled walls, wood backbar and old copper implements, you can almost pretend you’re at a natural wine bar in Paris. Flip through one of the wine books on ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
High Treason
review by Luke Sykora

This new 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, hip hop and electronic records creates a playlist that mirrors the adventurous wines, from savory Hervé Villemade ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
The Barrel Room
review by Luke Sykora

Sarah Trubnick was studying laser physics before she got into wine and abandoned academia for restaurants. Maybe it’s her scientific training that allows her to keep track of the ever-shifting wine program at The Barrel Room, where the food-and-wine theme changes quarterly. You might expect that to lead ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Birba
review by Luke Sykora

In some places, the bartop at Birba is a mere eight inches wide—enough for a glass of wine and a little dish of olives. It’s a tiny space in Hayes Valley, bootstrapped by Angela Valgiusti, a veteran of the Bay Area wine scene, who has worked with ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Cadet
review by Elaine Chukan Brown

Co-owners Colleen Fleming and Aubrey Bailey brought together their collective experience in the wine industry (Fleming at her family’s winery in Calistoga, and Bailey at The French Laundry) to open a bar that caters to locals as much as to visitors, pouring wines and beers that tend toward ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Bergamot Alley
review by Elaine Chukan Brown

With its focus on European wines, Healdsburg’s Bergamot Alley has become a magnet for local winemakers who like to drink outside the Sonoma box. Grab a stool at the wooden bar and order a glass of Moncuit Champagne with a grilled cheese sandwich. The bottle list is loaded ...Read the full review

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