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posted on September 29, 2017
Ordinaire
review by Barbara Haimes

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 ...Read the full review

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

There’s been a line out the door since Jen Pelka opened this Hayes Valley Champagne bar in early 2017, backed by an all-female team of investors and managers. The corner space looks like a Parisian wine bar with its wide windows, gold-leaf ceiling and marbled table tops. Grab some ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Petit Marlowe
review by Geoff Millar

Oysters are the main event at this new SoMa wine bar, alongside chef Jennifer Puccio’s menu of French bistro classics, like deviled eggs and beef tartare. To match, Jennifer Gomez has crafted a Champagne-heavy wine list with other oyster-ready pours, from Yuste Manzanilla and Urionde Txacoli to Lapeyre ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
20 Spot
review by Geoff Millar

Off Valencia Street in the Mission District, this wine-forward hangout is not quite a restaurant, not exactly a bar. On any given night, it’s filled with a mix of wandering tourists, millennials and industry locals who wish they’d come up with the idea first. A dimly lit ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
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 an abundance of cheeses (around 60), over a dozen selections of house-made ...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
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
The Barrel Room
review by Luke Sykora

Sarah Trubnick was studying laser physics before she got into wine; 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. A recent ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Birba
review by Luke Sykora

Delightfully quirky, Angela Valgiusti’s wine bar is about the size of a small living room—at lunch, you might end up elbow to elbow with a wine rep showing their wares. You won’t find the usual suspects here, but rather things like sparkling pineau d’Aunis from ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Cadet
review by Elaine Chukan Brown

Colleen Fleming and Aubrey Bailey’s downtown Napa wine bar has become a winemaker hangout, thanks to a by-the-glass list that mixes old-school California wines (Ridge Cabernet), wine-geek specialties (Olga Raffault Chinon) and easygoing quaffables (Txakoli rosé). For food, there’s prosciutto and other charcuterie sliced to order, along ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
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 wine list is loaded ...Read the full review

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