So I’ve posted about my SF foodie hit list (here). Given SF is the wine capital of the US, it’s only natural that I have a wine bar “hit list”!
I’m here for 3 months, so my mission is to try a new wine bar every week – specifically every Wednesday night. Here’s my list, based on recommendations by friends and some research (in no particular order):
- Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Ln (SOMA). An extremely large lounge-like wine bar, Press Club is supposed to showcase wine from around California. Try any one of the ‘flights’ – great value at around $22 for a 3 half-glass flight. The only downside is that it is closed on Sunday and closes at 10pm Mon-Thur.
- Amelie, 1754 Polk St (Russian Hill). Described as “high on style and French flair” (here), Amelie is supposed to be a lively bar with an extensive wine list from around the world and a great variety of french food.
- Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Ferry Building (Embarcadero). A favourite with the locals, the FPWM is touted to have some of the most educated wine staff in SF, the wine bar housing wines that are “the Olympic athletes of the wine world” (here). A bold call – look forward to sampling some of these! A bonus for my cause is that they have tasting events at their wine bar every Wednesday from 4.30pm til 7.30pm all for the cost of a flight 🙂
- Hotel Biron, 45 Rose St (Hayes Valley). If going to a wine bar wasn’t enough, you get to enjoy being in an art gallery at Hotel Biron! Featured as one of America’s best wine bars (here), and given its named after a historic 18th century Parisian building, it’s not surprising that the wine list is supposed to have a Californian and French bias. Are we complaining?
- Bar Agricole, 355 11th St (SOMA). While technically not a wine bar but a restaurant (do we care?), Bar Agricole is supposed to have one of SF’s most unique wine lists comprising a range of both new world and old world wines. It’s described by Food & Wine as “a wine bar with great cocktails” and as one of America’s top 50 bars (here). It’s also supposed to have great rum drinks 🙂
- Terroir, 1116 Folsom Street (SOMA). Self-described as a “natural wine bar,” Terroir focuses on natural, organic and biodynamic wines. For Terroir, it’s a case of “don’t judge a book by its cover” – don’t let its location in a warehouse-style block on Folsom St fool you. It’s been featured as one of America’s best wine bars (here).
- Bin 38, 3232 Scott St (Marina). Voted by OpenTable diners as having the best wine list in SF, this Marina institution is supposed to be the real deal, bistro-style.
- Barrique, 461 Pacific Ave (Financial District). A very untraditional wine bar, Barrique serves wine directly from barrels, thereby offering wine at much lower price points by avoiding costs associated with bottling. Barrique promises to “allows guests to value and judge the wines without the distraction or intimidation of ratings and marketing prose“. An interesting proposition!
- The Hidden Vine, 408 Merchant St (Financial District). Touted by Travel+Leisure as one of America’s best wine bars (here), the Hidden Vine recently moved out of the Tenderloin to the new Financial District location. The wine list has a Californian bias, although rotating a new region around the world every month. The food is also supposed to be great.
- Bar Bambino, 2931 16th St (Mission District). An exclusively Italian wine bar (well, maybe more European), this Mission gem is nice and cozy and offers everything from Sangiovese to Tempranillio. Again, with a good selection of Italian food, cant go wrong with this place.
Cheers to Wine Wednesdays!