We meet a chef inspired by her childhood in Barbados who serves up Caribbean flavors at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland. Next, we step into a fairytale fit for the Brothers Grimm with Eastern European furnishings, fixtures and flavors at Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant in Alameda. Lastly, we lighten things up and end with bright, clean flavors fresh from the ocean at Bar Crudo 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, 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: Lagers vs Ales and the hottest trend in beer.
2104 Hess Collection Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California $22
The Hess Collection – founded in 1986 by Donald Hess – sits high atop Mount Veeder surrounded by the beauty of Napa Valley below. With a world-class art gallery and unique tasting experiences, the winery is one of my top picks when visiting Napa. It’s a destination worthy of its famed reputation due to the wines, too, with stars including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. This bottling demonstrates Hess Collection’s focus on quality. From their Su’skol vineyard, which is influenced by the cooling breezes of San Pablo Bay, the wine is all about balance. The crisp acidity is layered with creamy complexity from a small percentage of oak aging and malolactic fermentation. With an affordable price tag, it’s one to enjoy regularly (daily would be ideal).