La Taberna


Lamb Tartare with Smoked Yogurt

Michael Salyer, the owner of the Napa tapas restaurant Zuzu, has extended his exploration of Spanish food with La Taberna, just two doors over. Here he presents an everchanging array of Basque-inspired pintxos, ranging from fried pork belly to salmon crudo to lamb tartare. They find plenty of flattering partners among the wines available, from Sherries and bright, effervescent Txakoli to richer albariños and brooding reds like the 7 Fuentes Listán Negro from the Canary Islands.


Based in Sonoma, Elaine Chukan Brown serves as the American specialist for JancisRobinson.com. Her work also appears in World of Fine Wine, the fourth edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine and on her own site, WakawakaWineReviews.com. Prior to writing about wine, Chukan Brown was a philosophy professor specializing in ethics and social politics.


This story appears in the print issue of October 2016.
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