Wine Bar

The Riddler


The Riddler wins San Francisco’s bubbly battle by sheer, happy hedonism. The popcorn is free and the Tater-Tot waffles, topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche, are legendary; the drinks run from a Chambong (yes, that’s a bong of Champagne) to grande marque library selections back to 1949 (Charles Heidsieck Extra Dry; $3,000). In between, there’s plenty to explore, including multiple cuvées from Jacques Lassaigne and bottlings from newcomers like Flavien Nowack in Châtillon-sur-Marne.

528 Laguna St., San Francisco, California


2017, 2018 W&S SF50

This review appears in the print edtion of the October 2018 issue.
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