Check, Please! Bay Area Season 13 episode 2 airs Thursday, May 3 at 7:30pm on KQED 9. See other television airtimes. And never miss an episode by subscribing to the video podcast. Note: This digital episode is longer than the broadcast episode, so there are special scenes included that you won't see on air!
We stay in San Francisco for all three eateries this time beginning with Rocco's Cafe, a SoMa neighborhood institution serving up big portions of home-style Italian dishes. Then, you can sit alone or party with a crowd while trying a different special each night at Maybeck's in the Marina. Finally, we find a taste of New Orleans in the Tenderloin with Creole-influenced dishes at Brenda's French Soul Food.
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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: Punch!
2015 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng, Monticello, Virginia $30
When I tasted this deeply-hued white, I was blown away by its complexity and uniqueness. Packed with compelling richness layered with vibrancy, it’s a wine that serves up the unexpected. The white grape – Petit Manseng – is known in the French Jurancon region as one that begets sweeter wines pinging with acidity. Michael Shaps’ version is dry and full-bodied with lemon-custard-like decadence that still maintains an elusive sense of freshness. Michael is a talented winemaker on both sides of the pond crafting wine in not only Virginia, but also in Burgundy, France. This is a white to seek out for adventurous lovers of wine.