The Hidden Vine wine bar is great [San Francisco]
Went there last night for the first time and it was a really nice little place. It's name is spot on because it is very easy to miss in it's hidden location on a slightly obsure street. The Hidden Vine is in a basement location that you enter from Cosmo Place (same street as Le Colonial). There is a small awnig that simply says "wine bar". I believe there is an entrance from post street too, but I didn't see it myself.
The place itself is very cozy. Kind of a dark room with a variety of couchy seats, tables and a high-top with stools. There is also a small, 4-stool bar. They have a long list of wines by the bottle and many by the glass. We went for the flights, which they do a great job of putting together. I had the cal-ital flight, 3 reds that are made in California with Italian varietals. Big thumbs up on the 2003 Gianni Paoletti Nero d'Avola, Napa Valley. My wife had a white flight called "fun & funky" which featured less common California whites. They offer comparisson tastings too, like two pinot noirs from different regions; I'll go back to play with those. Oh, and the staff was very knowledgeable about the wines and friendly. They gave us some great info and had answers for all our questions, they really know there stuff!
They also offer a nice selection of local cheeses, sausages, olives, and xox truffles.
For a pre or post theater stop, or just a glass of great wine and a light snack this place is great.
620 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109
re: Robert Lauriston
I think another wine bar has taken its place in the old location: The Barrel Room
Same really nice set up, laid back cozy atmosphere, good wine and nice, knowledgeable staff.
A few weeks ago, I hung out with a Portuguese winemaker friend of mine, had a glass of Kerner and was able to talk shop without being hassled.
Easy walk from BART, this will be my go to place for Wine Geek get togethers in the City.
The Barrel Room
620 Post St
(between Taylor St & Trader Vic Aly)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Civic Center/Tenderloin
re: Robert Lauriston
Yes, I think the old place had only cheese + cold cuts. We rented out the bocce lane at Hidden Vine this Saturday and had a great time. Got to try a lot of their wine by the glass menu, which had an impressive range of appellations and prices. I had a Picpoul de Pinet that I liked.