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May 10, 2011 12:04 PM

Local Wine without the Winery

My boyfriend are tagging on a few days in San Francisco to a wedding in October and I'm starting to work on the itinerary which of course revolves around food - hello empire waist dress.

While I'm sure I can look to other posts for dinner recos, I specifically wanted to request recommendations for places to get a glass/bottle of wine in an array of neighborhoods, so we can pop in on the fly.

Wine bars focused on local names - We aren't making it to any wineries on this trip, but we love to go local whenever we are on vacation. I will not likely pay more than $15 for a glass or $40 for a bottle. As this will likely be our post tourist destination "adult naptime", I'm looking for relaxed, not stuffy.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. The Press Club is all local wines. It used to be a cooperative tasting room so each of eight (?) wineries had its own bar, so it was like visiting eight tasting rooms. I've heard that it's now more of a wine bar, but haven't been to check it out.

    Ice cream topics:

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      There's an active wine-on-tap movement, and those are all local. Barrique might have the biggest selection. The Western Addition branch of Out the Door reportedly has a lot.

      Out the Door
      2232 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

      461 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        another good place for wine on tap is fat angel. very good bacon-friendly menu too

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        Press Club was awful when I went. Expensive, not inviting, not very good wine.

        Although there are wine bars in every part of the city, most midrange restaurants in town serve lots of local wine. And given that food is best accompanied by wine, you might focus on restaurants instead.

      3. Ice cream - Bi-Rite Creamery. Definitely try the salted caramel, but they also have 'traditional' flavors for your boyfriend.

        Bi-Rite Creamery
        3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: morningbun

          Might be better to have the ice cream discussion in another topic with a more relevant title.

            1. re: morningbun

              Thanks for making the ice cream post, I just revised the above to no longer include ice cream, I got a little quick with the post before checking the title. I should have just named it sinning is winning.

        2. Same question applies to me, only looking for local wine withoput the winery OR bar.

          I'm staying in Alamo Square but will be spending time downtown around the Financial District, Nob Hill, N. Beach, Wharf, etc. districts as well as the Haight and will be around the Castro for the Noir City Fest in Jan.

          I'm looking for some recommendations for good local wine shops as well as names of great bottles from the region in the $50 price range. Thanks!

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          1. re: OliverB

            K&L, Ferry Plaza, Arlequin, SFWTC

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

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

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

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

            1. re: OliverB

              I'm curious -- when you say "local wine" what do you mean? There are over 3,000 wineries in California, and a good percentage of them are within 100 miles of San Francisco. I'm guessing that you mean wines not widely distributed, but clarification would help.

            2. Best wine bar is the Castro wine village on 19th in the Castro. Have dinner at anchor oyster bar afterwards and see Harvey milks camera store next door. They are a great local wine shop with tastings in the back and you won spend more than $10 a glass......