Being in the food and wine business, I am constantly asked for my favorites. During the summer, with many people coming into town, I got this question almost daily. Here's what I've been telling people:
• Dosa - Great Indian food with an adventurous wine list in a fun atmosphere.
• Piperade - Love the authentic flavors of this restaurant. Order the cheese/ham terrine..... insane! It is salty, creamy, crispy... just divine.
• Perbacco - A talented chef, who is also just the nicest, begets the best food and best service. Top down.... you have heard the phrase but so true here.
• Tadich Grill - SF tradition. Sit at the bar and order shellfish and a martini. Love the wait staff here: they are sooo no-nonsense.
• La Taqueria - Everyone needs favorite cheap places to eat. Order the carnitas quesadilla with salsa (flour tortilla).
• Rich Table - The vershizzle! Amazing and creative.
• Boxing Room - Love the low-key vibe, solid southern food with fantastic wines by the glass.
• Bar Tartine - This place inspires me—the food, the wine. Also, quite affordable.
• Nopa - Great city vibe, great owners, great food, great bar scene, great wine list.
• Nopalito - Same owners as Nopa.. love them! Authentic Mexican food without making it
precious. Takes traditional and makes it their own. A gourmands dream!
• A16 - Again, incredibly nice owners... Top-down people!!! Talent, authenticity, fabulous food, and a wine list that has me going back.
• Delfina - Solid staple in the restaurant scene and it never disappoints. Inspired food, no fuss, great wine list.
• Boulevard - Another solid staple in SF. Much prefer this Nancy Oakes place over Prospect. I always forget about it, and then when we go back I wonder why we don’t go there more often.
• Cotogna - Creative, affordable, inspired, with a fun wine list.
• House of Prime Rib - Best steak restaurant ever! This is a machine, managed well and delivering consistent tasty meat with great service. I also like that the wine markup is not super aggressive here.
• Piccino - New find... you can find parking here and it's authentic (again, without getting precious). Great wine list too!
Of course I have more, but these are my “go to” faves.
Life is too short not to be drinking GOOD Burgundy. The trick is to find affordable ones, so you can continue enjoying them for longer. Claudie Jobard is an 8th-generation wine maker. Her mother was head winemaker for Domaine Drouhin from 1973 to 2005. Her father is pépiniériste in Burgundy and is considered "in the know” in Burgundy.
The winery is organic with vines about 45 yrs old. Claudine is no stranger to oak and she knows how to use it correctly. Only 15% of her wines will go into new oak. As my colleague Anya said, “It was the 2011 Rully Montagne La Folie that got me oohing and ahhing and also thinking about those A-list California wines that I got to taste earlier in the day. What occured to me was that this Rully, in its composition and character, was exactly what I believe many domestic producers are trying to replicate but so often miss the mark because their fruit, though vinified dry, can taste sweet on the finish, whereas this Rully, with all its fullness and broad palate, finishes crisp and bone-dry. It’s fresh and vibrant and it begs you to take another sip.” I could not have said it better myself.
Be sure to check out the Company’s Coming selections: we are featuring a white and a red burgundy. The holidays are fast approaching and these are affordable winners for your dinner parties or gifts.
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