For a blend of Jamaican and Californian flavors using local and organic ingredients, take a trip to the Caribbean oasis at Kingston 11 Cuisine in Oakland. Local artisans gather together to supply simply-prepared fresh-food in sustainable surroundings in San Mateo at 31st Union. Our last dining destination serves a Cal-Indian menu that combines classical French cooking techniques with fresh local ingredients at The Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco.
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My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine tips with each episode. This week I discuss: the trend of wines on tap.
2011 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, California ($53)
What’s so compelling about Jordan is their never-ending focus on quality paired with innovation. Founded in 1976 the classic producer has been owned by one family – the Jordan’s – with one winemaker – Rob Davis – for nearly 40 years. Davis crafts the wines with a steady hand in an elegant style. I call their approach California classic with a French flair. Though the 2011 vintage was a challenging one, this complex blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, showcases red fruit freshness followed by silky tannins. It’s a wine to uncork now with a few hours of decanting or age for up to a decade.