First, we visit Jack's Prime Burgers & Shakes in San Mateo, where Angus beef burgers, organic milkshakes and craft microbrews stock this modern-day diner. And then, tucked away in a strip mall, we find bold flavors and local wines at the newly renovated Posada Contemporary Southwestern Cuisine in Livermore. Finally, we find an Asian-centric eatery with a contemporary-Californian twist and cocktails at Noodle Theory Provisions in Oakland.
Get Restaurant Information:
- Jack's Prime Burgers & Shakes (San Mateo)
- Posada Contemporary Southwestern Cuisine (Livermore)
- Noodle Theory Provisions (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: Rum.
2014 Alta Mora Etna Rosso DOC, Cusumano, Sicily $28
One of the darlings of the sommelier set is Etna Rosso, red wine produced from grapes grown on the rugged slopes of Sicily’s Mt. Etna. An active volcano, the terrain looks almost lunar in its lava-laden state. Yet, swaths of green vineyards are draped on this unique soil, which gives the wine a mineral finesse unlike those grown anywhere else. This bottling is made from the native Sicilian red variety Nerello Mascalese, known for its spicy elegance (think Pinot Noir with a wild side). Brambly berry and earthy aromas combine with pure dark cherry and black peppery flavors. A gorgeously exotic red.