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RonnieO Mar 12, 2012 05:47 PM

I'll be in SF later this week. I live in urban Chicago where there are great wine bars and wine stores. I know there have to be some gems in SF, But I've never had much luck finding SF wine bars or wine stores that might offer interesting stuff--especially stuff that I might not be able to get in Chicago. (If it matters, I prefer red and pinot's my all-time favorite.) Thanks!

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    DavidT Dec 23, 2012 04:57 PM

    The other day, I noticed a new wine bar (at least new to me!) on the north side of Geary Boulevard, just east of Parker in the inner Richmond, SF.

    This is the place:

    http://www.internoswinecafe.com/

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/internos-wine...

    1. Robert Lauriston Dec 23, 2012 11:50 AM

      Any new interesting wine bars?

      AQ's by the glass list is great, you can treat it as a wine bar.

      Same goes for the counter at Perbacco. The new sommelier Claudio Villani (who left Incanto for Vegas a few years back) has added some high-end Piemontesi wines to the BTG list.

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        absc Dec 23, 2012 04:37 PM

        How about Et Al? http://www.etalsf.com/

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          Robert Lauriston Dec 23, 2012 06:26 PM

          Not a helpful web site yet. Spinoff of Biondivino? That's exciting.

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            absc Dec 23, 2012 09:34 PM

            Exactly. A spin-off of Biondivino. I must admit I had not looked at the website.

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              wally Dec 23, 2012 10:05 PM

              Have you been? Is this the one that has some connection to Boulette's Larder?

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                absc Dec 23, 2012 10:41 PM

                I can recommend the wine, but I haven't had food there yet. Tasting Table SF had some nice things to say: http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_det...

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        rebeccakinney Mar 17, 2012 06:15 PM

        Et Cetera wine bar has a pretty wide selection.
        http://etceterawinebar.com/

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          Robert Lauriston Mar 17, 2012 06:32 PM

          Definitely an interesting list.

          http://etceterawinebar.com

        2. steve h. Mar 17, 2012 03:13 PM

          The Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants deserve a modest mention. At the bar, they have wines by the glass, wines by the bottle (it's a wine shop). What I like is that you can sit at the bar, order a cracking good wine and feast on foods you sourced yourself at the Ferry Plaza. They also have their own menu. They are friendly and accommodating. I go during the week, mid-afternoon, so I can avoid crowds.

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            Robert Lauriston Mar 17, 2012 03:25 PM

            FPWM's by-the-glass list is longer and more interesting than the last time I went there a few years ago. They close really early, though.

            http://www.fpwm.com/index.php/wine-bar

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              steve h. Mar 17, 2012 03:44 PM

              It's an interesting shop. They do close early (8 p.m.?) but the attributes, whether through proximity or attitude, are worth noting. I try to go in mid-afternoon.

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              lmnopm Mar 17, 2012 03:25 PM

              Swirl on Castro has an eclectic collection, and a small and very friendly wine bar in the back of the store. Probably 20 wines by the glass at any given time, and white or red flight options.

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                scullymika Mar 17, 2012 05:50 PM

                Castro Wine Village is another one -- sort of like the neighborhood Cheers. They specialize in California wines but Keith and Joseph are great. Check it out.

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              chuckl Mar 12, 2012 06:14 PM

              Also, Whole Foods Potrero Hill just opened a beer/wine bar. In addition to the wines and beers they pour, you can buy a bottle upstairs in the store and have them open and serve it for you for a $2 corkage fee. The selection is actually pretty nice, and you can have food as well.

              1. Robert Lauriston Mar 12, 2012 06:08 PM

                wine bars: Terroir (also a shop), Hidden Vine, Pause, Yield, Hotel Biron (not a hotel), District

                stores: K&L, Biondivino (Italian), Arlequin, Ferry Plaza, SF Wine Trading Co.

                http://www.terroirsf.com
                http://www.thehiddenvine.com
                http://www.yieldandpause.com
                http://hotelbiron.com
                http://districtsf.com/

                http://www.klwines.com
                http://www.biondivino.com
                http://www.arlequinwinemerchant.com
                http://www.fpwm.com
                http://www.sfwtc.com

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                  Paul H Mar 13, 2012 06:39 PM

                  Robert's lists here are spot on and should be regarded as definitive. (Though I'd be happy with just Terroir, and Arelquin).

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                    Robert Lauriston Mar 17, 2012 01:14 PM

                    Barbacco's a restaurant but you can treat it as a wine bar. Its by-the-glass selection is as or more interesting than the other places I listed.

                    http://www.barbaccosf.com

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