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Best place to buy Northern Italian Wines

The Librarian Dec 17, 2012 05:54 PM

My husband really likes the white wines from the Friuli and Alto Adige regions. Most stores have a very limited selection of whites from that area. We've been to Biondivino on Green St. in San Francisco, but I was wondering if there are other stores with a varied Italian wine selection. We live in Marin, but are willing to travel. Thanks!

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    DavidT Dec 17, 2012 07:26 PM

    Have you checked with K&L Wines? They have a store on 4th Street in San Francisco. You could also check their inventory online at:

    www.klwines.com

    It looks like they carry over 30 white wines from Northern Italy.

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    1. re: DavidT
      Robert Lauriston Dec 18, 2012 02:50 PM

      K&L has some direct imports that are particularly good values. Blason from the Friuli sub-region Isonzo is one. Quality varies from vintage to vintage and sometimes they run out in between.

    2. wolfe Dec 17, 2012 08:11 PM

      North Berkeley wines. Friuli yes, Alto adige no.
      http://www.northberkeleyimports.com/Buy-Wines/Search-Results.aspx?type=search&country=19&region=23
      http://www.northberkeleyimports.com/Buy-Wines/Search-Results.aspx?type=search&country=19&region=59
      Premier Cru, a few of each.
      https://www.premiercru.net/premier/shop/KeywordSearch.do?searchKeyword=alto+adige
      https://www.premiercru.net/premier/sh...

      1. Robert Lauriston Dec 18, 2012 09:03 AM

        Biondivino probably has the biggest selection.

        Other places with good selections of northern Italian whites in SF include Enoteca Vino Nostro and the Jug Shop (both near Biondivino), Arlequin, K&L (you can shop the full inventory online & pick up in the store), D&M, and SF Wine Trading Co.

        In the East Bay, Paul Marcus, Solano Cellars, Vintage Berkeley, and Premier Cru.

        If you like Friuli wines, you should check out wines from Slovenia and Croatia.

        1. BernalKC Dec 18, 2012 09:34 AM

          Vino Rosso has a limited selection, but I see some Friuli and Alto Adige labels on their list: http://www.vinorossosf.com/winelist/

          1. The Librarian Dec 18, 2012 03:26 PM

            Wow - thanks to all of you for your great answers. I think I'm going to take a buying trip to K & L on Friday!

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            1. re: The Librarian
              Melanie Wong Dec 18, 2012 03:51 PM

              I would suggest looking at K & L's site beforehand. The stock varies in the different stores but you can see the complete inventory online and arrange for the wines you want to be consolidated in San Francisco. There can be things in online inventory available at the warehouse that are not yet on the retail floor.

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                lmnopm Dec 18, 2012 07:57 PM

                I know little to nothing about Italian wines, but North Berkeley has a nice selection and is quite knowledgeable and always steers me in the right direction.

                1. re: lmnopm
                  Robert Lauriston Dec 19, 2012 09:38 AM

                  North Berkeley has only a handful of Friuli whites from two wineries. They're like Kermit, a retail outlet for an importer. Anything they carry you might find discounted elsewhere.

            2. The Librarian Dec 23, 2012 04:06 PM

              Thanks again to all of you for your suggestions. I ended up going to K & L in San Francisco, and had a great experience - super nice people, good prices, and lots to choose from. I bought: Erste e Neue Sauvignon, Muller Thurgau, and Pinot Grigio, as well as a Terra da Vino Masseria del Carmelitani Gavi. I didn't have a lot of time, so I plan to go back when I can really look. Hope he will like them. But I really could not have done it without all of you!

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                jane Jan 14, 2013 01:08 PM

                One more shop you should know about: Dig, in Dogpatch. Small shop but great selection of French and Italian wines. Some you know, a lot you don't.

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                1. re: jane
                  Robert Lauriston Jan 14, 2013 01:18 PM

                  http://www.digwinesf.com/wines.html?t...

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