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A16 (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Named for the highway that runs from Naples to Bari, A16 is centered around properly blistered Neapolitan-style pizza and Shelley Lindgren’s eye opening list of southern Italian wines, from aglianico and Etna Rosso to biancolella and zibibbo.

1760 (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

One big reason to visit 1760: Every Monday, sommelier Gianpaolo Paterlini knocks 20 percent off the price of all his grower Champagnes. San Francisco’s Polk Gulch isn’t a food mecca, but now a detour to the neighborhood can lead to...Read Full Story

Tawla (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

First, ask for two orders of flatbread. Soft, warm and yeasty-rich, with a crisp wheat-bran crust on the bottom, the loaves will disappear alongside an order of the rich, tangy fava-based ful medames. Ful is a transnational dish, a spread prepared in various ways from Lebanon to...Read Full Story

The Morris (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

While running the wine program for Melissa Perello at Frances and joining Daniel Patterson as a partner at Coi, SF sommelier and all-around wine geek Paul Einbund began...Read Full Story

The Progress (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s The Progress is the follow-up to State Bird Provisions, their runaway hit right next door. The food is restlessly innovative and international; the wine list, run by Jason Alexander, is filled with mildly geeky,...Read Full Story

Octavia (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Like Frances, Melissa Perello’s Castro restaurant Octavia feels comfortable and unassuming, with wooden tables and little in the way of décor. Start with cold squid-ink noodles with bottarga, a salty and primal introduction to the...Read Full Story

Birba (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

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 Full Story

The Barrel Room (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

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....Read Full Story

Foreign Cinema (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

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...Read Full Story

Heirloom Café (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

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 ’8...Read Full Story

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