Descriptive Wine Menus?
- Pei May 12, 2011 11:14 AM
I'm always on the lookout for new wine, but in search of a wine bar that offers lengthy, well-written descriptions of the wines. I've appreciated this feature at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and Barrique. Who else does this well?
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
1 Ferry Bldg # 23, San Francisco, CA
461 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Bar Agricole has a nicely arranged and informative wine menu. Unfortunately, many of the wines are natural and the menu doesn't list the resulting characteristics, since it's hard to write about oxidation, cloudiness, or excess VA in an appealing way.
355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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i <3 Heart's wine menu. Sometimes, though, it feels a little too close to my own snarky-ass brain, and I find myself perilously close to hating it as much as I do... well, my own snarky-ass brain. It's the kind of thing I might write in an email to a single friend... that would seem too cloyingly clever by half were they to be for public transmission. It's like some weird wino-beast offspring sprung from the diseased loins of Chuck Klosterman and an aggrieved/would-be Pitchfork writer. Robert, any even remote inklings of doing something else? (If any of you missed his fantastic Locanda da Eva, check out the pdf of his wine list if it's still available online. If Heart's list is David Foster Wallace at best and Chuck Klosterman at worst, Robert's was Jim Shepard/Rick Bass/Jim Harrison -- earnest, lovely, expository, unshowy.)
Check the wines out at the source. Try Dry Creek Valley up near Healdsburg. There are some great small producers up in this area about an hour and a half from SF. This is just one of the wineries with really interesting notes. It's a one man winery with natural single person made Rhone varietals mostly grown on the property or next door. Tasting menu has detailed personal notes and food pairings by the wine maker himself who is usually behind the bar weekends. www.frickwinery.com