Places to Drink Wine: Wine Bars Around Moscone Center
By: Pamela Busch
After spending a few days, or even hours, at a convention, a little relaxation is in order. Some of you might hit up the stores, others the sports bars but if wine is your thing, here are three spots just a few blocks from the Moscone Center where you can kick back and sip some of the best glasses San Francisco has to offer.
The Ame Lobby Bar at the St. Regis is a great place to people watch with a drink in hand. The international selection of wines includes some obscure stuff like the ’10 François Cazin Cour-Cheverny ($10) from the Loire Valley but it also has enough domestic wines including the ’11 Fort Ross Pinot Noir, “Sea Slopes” ($18) to appeal to a range of wine taste. There is also a bar menu from the Michelin star Ame kitchen.
689 Mission Street
The Press Club was originally a showcase for several California wineries. Now, it serves wines from Europe as well, without forgetting its original roots. The list is diverse in price and style, with $10 choices like the Antonio Sanz Verdejo from Rueda, Spain, a snappy, fruity white wine to the ’07 Château Vignot, a Grand Cru Saint Emillon, a classic Bordeaux. The Press Club also offers three and four wine flights that range from $16 - $160. A range of cheeses, charcuterie, sliders and other snacks are served.
20 Yerba Buena Lane (Off Market, between 3rd and 4th Streets)
RN74 is part of the Michael Mina Group. Partner, Raj Parr, has assembled one of the best Burgundy selections you will find outside of Beaune. “Premier Selection” wines like Etienne Sauzet’s ’11 Chassagne Montrachet are available in half glass pours ($16) to lessen the blow when the check comes. While Burgundy is the focus, artisan California wines and other European selections such as the Torley Gala Sec ($12), a Hungarian sparkling wine, are available. Bonus, the food is very good.
301 Mission Street (Fremont and Beale)
Photo by Daniel Hoherd.
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