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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: All Good Pizza, Kendejah Restaurant, Siam Bay Authentic Thai Cuisine

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Check, Please! Bay Area Season 13 episode 12 airs Thursday, September 27 at 7:30pm on KQED 9. See other television airtimes. And never miss an episode by subscribing to the video podcast.

In this episode, it’s Italy-meets-Louisiana-meets-backyard BBQ at All Good Pizza in San Francisco, a kid-friendly spot with great pizza and space to play. Then we uncover authentic Liberian cuisine, a rare culinary find, at Kendejah Restaurant in San Leandro. And finally, enjoy the warm welcome at Siam Bay Authentic Thai Cuisine in Oakland, where they make you feel a part of the family.

Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests on the set of season 13 episode 12.
Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests on the set of season 13 episode 12. (Wendy Goodfriend)

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Host Leslie Sbrocco sipping wine on set
Host Leslie Sbrocco sipping wine on set (Wendy Goodfriend)

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: pinot gris.

Schramsberg ‘Mirabelle’ Brut, California $29
For the quality, Mirabelle is a top value for bubbly lovers. A label from iconic Napa Valley sparkling wine producer, Schramsberg, who has been crafting world-class wines for more than 50 years, this California bottling is class in a glass.


2017 Funcken Hausen Rose, South Mendoza, Argentina $18 (one liter)
With a whimsical name and a larger format bottle, this wine is a steal for parties and casual sipping. Made from Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, its a dry, delicious pink that’s oh so FUN to drink.

2016 Dutcher Crossing ‘Bacigalupi Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California $41
With a philosophy focused on small-lot, high-quality winemaking, owner Debra Mathy and winemaker Nick Briggs, are making wines worth of seeking out. The winery is based in Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, but this Chardonnay hails from a famed vineyard in neighboring Russian River Valley. It is rich and lush yet balanced and juicy with a streak of minerality reminiscent of top white Burgundy.

2015 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California $99
Chimney Rock is one of Napa Valley’s classic anchor wineries. It produces some of what I consider Napa’s best versions of Cabernet Sauvignon. Case in point, the 2015 Stags Leap District bottling. Intense, weighty, complex and layered, it has only begun to shine. With the potential to age for decades, it’s a splurge-worthy red to covet.

Wine that guests drank on the set of season 13 episode 12.
Wine that guests drank on the set of season 13 episode 12. (Wendy Goodfriend)

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