Mezcal, mole and a "muy especial" vibe will have you saying "si" to salsa and spicy sips at Agave Uptown in Oakland. Next, serving up rustic pastas, Fairfax's Sorella Caffe is a family-friendly, homey eatery that's stayed true to its roots. Finally, One Market Restaurant pioneered farm-to-table cooking long before it was trendy. Just steps from the Bay, it's been an epicurean's haven for more than twenty-five years.
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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: Limoncello.
Shingleback ‘Black Bubbles’ Sparkling Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia $25
Take a trip “down under” with Shingleback’s fun fizz. This deep-purple, slightly sweet red sparkling wine is a novelty to Americans. In Australia, however, sparkling Shiraz is a holiday classic. When it’s hot outside in December, they serve it ice cold with Christmas fare. Here in the States, I like to introduce red wine lovers to the unique bubbly paired alongside dark chocolate and tangy ribs slathered in barbecue sauce.