A sweet bakery serving creative savory flavors for breakfast, lunch and, often dinner in San Francisco at Heartbaker. Then locally-sourced, community-centric cooking is the focus at The Cook and Her Farmer in Oakland. Finally, a contemporary take on Sri Lankan cuisine with vibrant small plates prepared by a French-trained chef at 1601 Bar & Kitchen in San Francisco.
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- Heartbaker (San Francisco) CLOSED
- The Cook and Her Farmer (Oakland)
- 1601 Bar & Kitchen (San Francisco)
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: What’s the right serving temperature for wine?
Le Grand Courtâge Grande Cuvee Brut Blanc de Blancs, France $25
This wine is not only delicious, it sports elegant packaging, and a fascinating back story. First thing to note: it’s French sparkling wine not Champagne, which is only from the Champagne region of France. Grapes used to make the sparkler come from various parts of France including Burgundy. Made from a variety of white grapes, it shows alluring honeysuckle and orange zest aromas with a fruit-driven palate. Perfect for celebrations, it’s also an ideal brunch bubbly. Secondly, it has a Bay Area connection worth explaining. Simply put, vintner Tawnya Falkner, is my hero. A handful of years ago she gave up her design job in San Francisco to move to Nuits St. Georges in Burgundy and pursue her passion for food and wine. What resulted is Le Grand Courtâge wines. They represent her journey (courtage means a long voyage) to discover what is important in life. I think she found it.