Comfort food meets sports-bar-chic at this family-friendly neighborhood spot in San Rafael, called Flatiron. Next, Mediterranean flavors, complex cocktails and a warm welcome are served up in a contemporary setting at Oakland's Shakewell. Finally, old school, Italian fare combines with old world "familia" charm in a classic North Beach eatery called Firenze by Night.
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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, beer, and spirits 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: vermouth and how is it best used.
2014 Joseph Carr Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California $22
Joseph Carr started his eponymous wine brand more than a decade ago aiming to craft high-quality wine with an approachable price tag. Its popularity has increased over the years with accolades from press and consumers. This Chardonnay shows why Joseph Carr wines have resonated with wine drinkers. A blend of grapes from cool-climate vineyards in the Russian River and the Sonoma Coast, it's fruit-driven friendliness is what draws you in. That's soon followed by a core of taut minerality wrapped with a creamy texture. With my eyes closed, I just might think this is a premier cru from Burgundy in France, but for a fraction of the price.