Kyle Nadeau has built one of the most impressive whisk(e)y collections in San Francisco at Maison Corbeaux: dozens of single-barrel Bourbons from producers like Four Roses and Wild Turkey, coveted old Scotch bottlings including a range from the long-gone Port Ellen distillery, plenty of Japanese whiskeys, plus bottles from lesser-known American distilleries like Westland in Washington State and Belle Meade in Tennessee. Nadeau opened his first wine and spirits shop inside Wingtip, a luxury menswear store in the Financial District, but his new space in Pacific Heights allows him to carry much more inventory. There are better places to go for $15 weeknight wines; this is where you’ll seek out special bottles, like the 2008 Chartogne-Taillet Heurtebise Brut Blanc de Blancs ($70). Don’t forget to peruse the floor-to-ceiling glass case at the front of the store, which houses rarities, from the ’68 Heitz and ’59 Haut-Brion to hundred-year-old D’Oliviera Madeira—whether you need a last-minute gift for a hard-to-please wine collector, or just want to ogle.
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