Nostalgia abounds at the old-school Italian mainstay Gold Mirror Italian Restaurant in San Francisco. In contrast, a trip to the South Bay supplies a modern twist with sumptuous bites, a huge wine list and amazing service at The Plumed Horse Restaurant. Finally, unwind at a modern cantina with elevated contemporary Mexican cooking at NIDO in Oakland.
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- Gold Mirror Italian Restaurant (San Francisco)
- The Plumed Horse Restaurant (Saratoga)
- NIDO (Oakland)
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: mezcal and how it differs from tequila.
2015 Ritual Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile $15
Chile is often thought of as red wine country, but I’m a fan of their whites from Riesling to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This version of Sauvignon hails from the cool climate Casablanca Valley, which is home to many of the country’s top whites and Pinot Noirs. Located on the western coast of Chile running alongside the coastal mountain range, Casablanca is influenced by cold Pacific Ocean currents providing a long, slow growing season. Ritual’s version of Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and fresh with a ping of vibrant acidity making it an ideal wine to pair with fish of any kind and fresh-from-the-garden salads. The wine marries layers of complexity with affordability and versatility. Stock up as it will become a household favorite.