With a history as storied as The Tadich Grill in San Francisco, it's hard to resist the classic fish menu... unless you want a steak! But nothing says American cuisine like down-home BBQ and we visit Pleasant Hill and Slow Hand BBQ. Our last stop takes us to Oakland, where Vietnamese street food and handmade rice paper rolls are served at Tay Ho Oakland Restaurant & Bar.
Get Restaurant Information:
- The Tadich Grill (San Francisco)
- Slow Hand BBQ (Pleasant Hill)
- Tay Ho Oakland Restaurant & Bar (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, beer and spirits tips with each episode. This week I discuss: the reemergence of craft beer in America.
2014 Martin Ray, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California $70
I remember starting my journey with wine two decades ago and learning one of California's historic names, Martin Ray. Back in the 1940s through the early 1970s, Martin Ray was a winemaking pioneer in the Santa Cruz mountains. The brand disappeared and was resurrected in 1990 by Courtney Benham. Now housed in Sonoma's Russian River Valley in one of the state's oldest continually-working wineries, Martin Ray is not only a producer to seek out, but a wonderful spot to visit. Making wines from Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Cruz, their portfolio covers whites, reds and pinks. This Napa Cabernet captures Stags Leap District's signature structure with velvety richness. A splurge-worthy wine that will show beautifully for years to come, it's also one to uncork tonight alongside a grilled steak.