Stop at a hidden gem and experience flavors from Arabian nights and desert sands at an Iraqi spot called Jannah – Baghdad by the Bay in San Francisco. Next, we stay in the city to taste the fiery Thai home-style cooking at Kin Khao. Finally, it’s time to visit a Pleasant Hill strip mall where farm-to-table freshness joins Southern Mexican sauces and stews at El Aguila Mexican Cuisine.
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- Jannah – Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco) [CLOSED]
- Kin Khao (San Francisco)
- El Aguila Mexican Cuisine (Pleasant Hill)
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: Size does matter! About the different sizes of wine bottles.
2015 von Schubert, Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany $29
On my first trip to Germany, I had the fortune of visiting the bucolic winery, Weingut Maximin Grünhaus, and meeting Carl von Schubert, a legend in Riesling. The von Schubert family estate stretches as far as the eye can see up the steep slopes of the river valley and includes three famed vineyards: the Abtsberg, the Herrenberg, and the Bruderberg. All unique, each vineyard produces wines of distinction. I have a personal love for the Abtsberg, which refers to its history the place grapes were grown for the Abbey of St. Maximin. Vines have been planted in the blue slate soils for nearly 1,000 years. With just 7.5 percent alcohol, this ethereal, aromatic white smells of peaches and orange blossoms. The mouthfeel is delicate with a medium-sweet finish making it a wine to pair alongside fiery, spicy fare or fruit-based desserts. This is Riesling at its best.