Best Wine Bars San Francisco 2006 - Wine Bar & Shop
Readers' Choice: Hotel Biron
Every week the simply named Wine Bar & Shop offers a new menu of more than 40 wines by the glass in its large, airy ground-floor space, with colorful abstract art hung above low, comfortable upholstered chairs and light wood-topped tables. The food isn't elaborate (nor cooked to order), but it is choice: olives, charcuterie, foie gras, smoked fish, antipasto platters, and cheese, assembled from excellent purveyors, with the emphasis on local artisans. From the large retail section you can pick up a bottle or a case of wine to go, including many rare and interesting vintages in addition to the ones available on the menu; corkage for a bottle purchased on-site is $12. Wine Bar also schedules special winemaker nights, and the soundtrack is almost always cool jazz.