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If you love wine, then Hotel Biron is a place you should visit. The cozy, sophisticated interior houses a selection of wines that would please the pickiest of palates, and the friendly, humble staff can help budding wine connoisseurs find the perfect glass. An exquisite selection of international cheeses enhance the flavor experience, while the paintings on the walls by the artist of the month help those on a first date break the ice.
Initiated as a place to relax and indulge in good food and wine, this wine bar comes across as a tasting room with a lounge area. The ambiance of this tasting room is more like a bar from the prohibition era, with dim lights and a warehouse-like setup serving as a backdrop to socialize with fellow drinkers. The selections from the wine list are curated by the experts who have not only scouted local wineries for their pickings, but also have sourced their collections from other Northern California wineries in Napa, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. The constant change in collection of wines adds to the fun where seasonal varietals find their way onto the list. Wine fights are available, where you can taste four wines, paired with a cheese sampler plate. Seasonal fruits and charcuterie are other options to complement your wine.
Tender is a wine bar with a casual and unpretentious vibe, reasonable prices and an eclectic crowd. Young and old alike gather here to sample the premium wines, charcuterie platters, French cheeses and desserts, while having a good time with friends. The dimly-lit interiors are upscale and feature murals by contemporary artists. Enjoy cheese such as Sainte Maure and Brillat Savarin from France and the five-year old Gouda from Holland. Pair them with sides like fig jam and cured olives, and wines such as Longmeadow Ranch from Napa Valley. For the best experience, indulge in the wine flights and craft beers during happy hours.
Backed by a selection of 20 Californian wines and 10 draft beers, all of which are available only on tap, the family-owned Jamber wine pub aims to bring people together for an unpretentious and casual wine drinking experience. Adding to the exquisite experience is the home-cooked, delicious American comfort food that complements your selection of wine. Select from one of the red wines and pair it with the delicious mac 'n' cheese or meatloaf and you won't regret it. You can sit inside, surrounded by the rustic decor, or relax on its patio with your friends and enjoy the treat.
California wines are the focus at Press Club, located at the foot of the Four Seasons Hotel. Each month features two new wineries, and on Thursday nights guests can try wines directly from the vintner. There is also an extensive menu of small plate dishes aimed at complimenting the featured wines. Press Club is the perfect place to get a drink after work or plan a day around a wine-tasting experience.
A good glass of wine always seems to be the answer for everything. Whether it's a date night, a business dinner, or a much-needed five o'clock drink, District wine bar provides it all. Located in SoMa, District offers over 30 wines by the glass. An accompanying lounge menu pairs cheese plates, salads, and other fabulous dishes like the spicy Kona kampachi tartare or New Zealand lamb lollipops with your vino selection. Surrounded by rustic brick walls and candlelight, pull up a seat at the U-shaped bar to enjoy menu selections from Bordeaux blends, exotic whites, bubbles around the world, pinot lovers unite and more.
Located in back of the Old Fitzgerald Hotel, with an alley entrance and descending staircase, this cozy little wine bar is fast becoming a favorite among Bay Area wine lovers, connoisseurs and amateurs. The Hidden Vine has been on the SF Bay Guardian's "Best of the Bay" list, and you can see why upon entering. Visitors love the comfortable atmosphere with its deep cushy couches, richly-colored decor and soft candle light. They are equally taken with the unimposing warmth of the two owners, who share their love and knowledge of fine wines with quiet enthusiasm. Each month, the Hidden Vine features wines from different regions, always keeping some excellent Californian varieties in stock. Fine cheeses, charcuterie and chocolates are served as well.