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Aug 20, 2010 12:55 PM

wine store San Francisco

looking for a wine shop in San Francisco.

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  1. What part of the city? Large selection? Specialty? Value only?

    Two of the best all around are K&L [638 4th Street] and The Wine Club [953 Harrison Street (800) 966-7835], but there are many, many more.

    Wine Club
    953 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1. Here are some standouts.

      K & L Wine Merchants
      638 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      San Francisco Wine Trading Co
      250 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

      Dee Vine Wines
      19 Pier 45, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go
      384 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1415 Green Street, San Francisco, CA

      John Walker & Co
      175 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA

      Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
      1 Ferry Bldg # 23, San Francisco, CA

      6 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        large selection, quality. mainly california lables more important.

        1. re: Mr Etler

          K&L is your spot. They'll have the big name CA labels at the most reasonable prices in the city. They have the capital to have stuff like ScrEagle and Petrus in the store if that's your thing.

          If you're willing to go a bit further south, Beltramo's has a even stronger selection of high end California wine.

        2. re: Robert Lauriston

          FYI I find the Jug Shop has taken a dive since Chuck Hayward left it for JJ Buckley. I was in there recently to find a bunch of cava or prosecco for a party and the selection was pathetic -- about 15 misc. bottles of mass-produced plonk with dust on the bottles that looked like it had been sitting forgotten for ages. I left empty-handed.

          1. re: originalfig

            I agree. When I lived in that neighborhood, I felt lucky to have it as my local shop; but on a recent visit, it was a shadow of its former self.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            Great list. I'm also a big fan of Wine Club on Harrison - it's a cluttered and strange space but the selection is impressively wide and the guys working there are true wine geeks. The advice is a big part of the experience for me which is why I'm hesitant to go to K&L - they seem to be morphing into Bevmo+.

            Wine Club
            953 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            1. re: a geek

              +1 for Wine Club on Harrison. I have had nothing but good experiences there.

              Wine Club The
              953 Harrison, San Francisco, CA

          3. AND . . . are you looking for a specific type/kind of wine? Certain retailers specialize in certain wines.