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Fig & Thistle Market (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Fig & Thistle Market, the Castro outgrowth of Fig & Thistle in Hayes Valley, particularly took off last November, after proprietor Angel Davis got a license to pour wine. Her selections feel fresh and personal, and her menagerie of potted plants (also for sale) make this a...Read Full Story

Elda (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

With any luck, Elda will become a lasting fixture in the heart of the Mission. That’s partly because the renovated space, with its lofty ceilings, white tiles and sleek wood tones, feels like an ideal place for a cocktail date. Partners Eric Ochoa and Alvaro Rojas ...Read Full Story

DecantSF (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Co-owners Cara Patricia and Simi Grewal take an unusual tack when wine reps visit their tidy little SoMa wine bar and shop: They usually brown-bag the samples to make their picks. Because they select most of the wines blind, trendy offerings like Larmandier-Bernier Champagne and multiple Beaujolais from Jean-Louis...Read Full Story

Compline (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At this combination wine bar, shop and restaurant, Ryan Stetins and Matt Stamp, MS, put together a list that helps Napa residents do some serious globetrotting. Their combined tasting experience allows them to zero in on superlative bottles wherever they land: Grosset Springvale Riesling from South Australia, Bott Czontos...Read Full Story

20 Spot (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

You can still sometimes find Bodhi Freedom at Russian Hill’s Bacchus, where he runs what’s likely the smallest wine bar in SF. But he has more room here. He’s filled a space on the corner of 20th and Lexington with vintage midcentury furniture and...Read Full Story

Absinthe (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“Still one of the fairest priced lists in the Bay Area,” says Jeremiah Morehouse, MS, wine director at Gary Danko. Opened in 1998, Absinthe serves French bistro fare that’s more hearty than nouveau, tending toward classics like duck-liver mousse and coq au vin. They started...Read Full Story

Angler (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Wine director Mark Bright is a fanatic for Burgundy and northern Rhône wines, and there’s an abundance of rarities at this gracious dining room on the Embarcadero. But Bright and head sommelier Morgan Harris have assembled an impressive library of pinot noir and chardonnay from California as...Read Full Story

Angler (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Wine director Mark Bright is a fanatic for Burgundy and northern Rhône wines, and there’s an abundance of rarities at this gracious dining room on the Embarcadero. But Bright and head sommelier Morgan Harris have assembled an impressive library of pinot noir and chardonnay from California as...Read Full Story

Barndiva (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Local Sonoma and Mendocino wines are on heavy rotation at this farm-to-table anchor of downtown Healdsburg. But wine director Chappy Cottrell knows his way around Old World wines as well. Among Cottrell’s pet projects, you’ll find a small collection of English sparklers from Hattingley Valley and Nyetimber,...Read Full Story

Acquerello (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

For those craving well-aged Barolo, Gianpaolo Paterlini’s northern Italian wine program is paradise. First, though, it’s worth ordering from his meticulously selected Champagne list. Like the wine program, chef Suzette Gresham’s menu pulls strongly from Piemonte while remaining flexible to deliciousness in all its...Read Full Story

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