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- Capocheny - 05-23-2005 05:26 PM

Greetings,

We're going down to San Francisco in October and wanted to visit some of their high-end wine stores... any suggestions?

Primarily, I'd love to find a few stores with great Bords/Burgs/California Cabs...

If they have a website/email address... that would even be better since I'd be able to peruse their selections and put together a listing before visiting in person.

I've already visited Dee Vee Wines on the pier... any others that you'd recommend? [Image: smile.gif]

Thanks in advance...

Cheers

So many wines... so little time!!!


- TheEngineer - 05-23-2005 05:52 PM

I went to K&L Wine Merchants (on 4th St) and they were rather good. Online they have about 190 bordeau and 180 burgundy choices between the two stores and their "storage?" center, however, you can get them to ship to the SF Store which is what I did last week to get three Magnums of 2003 Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Goldkapsel.....plus a couple of 1996 Bordeauxs...bloody heavy to carry back to Boston on the hand carry....on a red eye flight.....nearly dropped the whole lot in parking lot 4.....!$#@...

They have parking there too so it is not too bad....any suggestions for a wine store in Oakland? Gonna be there on Thursday....Friday........


- winoweenie - 05-23-2005 05:55 PM

Hi Capo. Is that Dee Vine Wines? California Wine Merchant is a dedicated, good merchant that, Surprise, spexcializes in Calif wines. Plumpjack (of the Napa winery fame) has both a restaurant and wine shop. All of the above are in the Marina district. Leslie Hennessy used to have an excellent selection. Hope this is helpful. WW


- californiagirl - 05-23-2005 08:19 PM

Oakland, huh? Suggest following all the street signs, keep your windows rolled up and doors locked. Just some neighborly advice [Image: wink.gif]


- Bucko - 05-23-2005 09:08 PM

Get your butt across the bay on I-80 to:

North Berkeley Wine: Long a fixture of the "Chez Panisse block" of the Gourmet Ghetto, this store has moved to more spacious quarters a few blocks away, where it's actually possible to park. If the new store lacks the funky, friendly atmosphere of the old, its cool temperature keeps the wine in excellent condition, and its selection of French and Italian wines is superb. You can find some good bargains and the sales staff is knowledgeable. E-mail nbw@slip.net. 1505 Shattuck Ave., 510-848-8910.

While you're there, make reservations and go to:

Chez Panisse : What can we say about a restaurant that not only inspired an American revolution in food preparation but whose proprietor, Berkeley resident Alice Waters, is one of America's best and most beloved cook-celebrities? Fixed price, get your reservations months in advance, eat what they serve you. Amazing ingredients, perfectly fresh and of the highest quality, prepared with imagination and profound respect, will make you remember the experience for years. 1517 Shattuck Ave., 510-548-5525 (dinner reservations only).


- TheEngineer - 05-23-2005 10:29 PM

Bucko,

Many thank! We are going to head into Berkley most likely for dinner and we'll see if we are lucky enough to get a seating. Staying at the Hilton Oakland immediately after the bridge along I-80 so that we can jump on it quickly. Client is in Berkley anyways so this will be good!

CG, Thanks for the neighbourly advice....I wanna watch out for my east coast butt too!


- winoweenie - 05-24-2005 07:05 AM

Not much to add to Herr Buckinheimers post except you mite also look at the selection at Warehouse wines that's close to your hotel. Give Alice a hug fer moi'. WW


- Capocheny - 05-31-2005 06:02 PM

Greetings all...

E,

I'd forgotten about K&L... thanks for the reminder. [Image: smile.gif]

And, sounds like you got your exercise in during that trip...glad you didn't drop them thar bottles of gold!

WW,

Yes, that is Dee Vee Wines... I ended up buying a pile of stuff there 5 years ago. And, the best thing was... the Customs officer didn't even charge me additional taxes/duties on 12 bottles! [Image: smile.gif]

Bucko,

I may also take your recommendation and hop across the Bay! [Image: smile.gif]

Thanks all...

So many wines... so little time!

Cheers


- Aimee M Male - 08-04-2005 04:45 PM

Hi all!

Thanks for the kind words about North Berkeley Wine -- just as an update, here's where we are now:

North Berkeley Wine
1601 Martin Luther King Jr., Way
Berkeley, CA 94709
retail@northberkeleyimports.com
(800) 266-6585

We'd love to see you all at the store!

Aimee


- TheEngineer - 08-04-2005 04:50 PM

I came in a few weeks ago and your staff were great! Coming back for that half bottle of Yquem though! Should be by again next week (seeing that I am now going to SF/Oakland/Berkeley about once a week now....).


- Capocheny - 08-06-2005 10:55 PM

Greetings AIM,

Went and checked out your website... I "wish" there was a bit more information on it.

Will try and drop in for a look-see when I'm down in your neck of the woods. [Image: smile.gif]

So many wines... so little time! [Image: smile.gif]

Cheers,