New Wine Bar, Barrel Room, Rolls Into SF

Opening this Friday at 5 p.m. in the old Hidden Vine location (across the alley from Le Colonial) is The Barrel Room wine bar.

The space got a refresh along with an expanded food selection that includes cheeses, charcuterie, and flatbreads. The menu is put together by local chutney maker Alison McQuade of Celtic Chutneys, so expect to see some of her tasty and unique products (Curried Banana Chutney, anyone?) on the cheese and meat plates. A full kitchen is planned along with food and wine flights, but for the time being wine is the reason to stop by.

Sommeliers and owners Nikki Goddard and Sarah Trubnick have put together an impressive wine by the glass program with 48 different choices ($6-$16), 14 themed flights ($10-$14) of three wines, and 11 pairs of what they are calling comparisons — a blind tasting of two wines from a particular region, grape, or style. About 60 percent of the wines by the glass will be devoted to a certain regional focus and will change every six weeks. The Barrel Room opens up with a French theme, making it a perfect opportunity to travel the wine regions of France by the glass.

The Barrel Room, 620 Post (at Cosmo)

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