A cozy neighborhood wine bar where owners Aubrey Bailey and Colleen Fleming share wines and beers from around the world. Every week, a winemaker or brewer gets tagged to work with the owners behind the bar. Before you order anything, check out the shelf of vinyl records at the back — anyone who buys a bottle of wine gets to play DJ.
If a cork pops inside the tasting salon at this 19th-century-inspired chateau and there’s no one to hear it, does it make a sound? Considering the buzz around the new Kate Spade New York and Taittinger sparkling rose, it’s worth lolling about with caviar and cheese plate in tow to see what unfolds.
While the somm is letting that full-bodied Cab breath back at the ornate, Italianate winery, sneak off for a rosemary pear shrub or Bali-spice old fashioned at the country public house bar. Pass the fried Castelvetrano olives.
The San Sebestián-inspired pintxos bar — down the block from owner Mick Salyer's other beloved ZuZu restaurant — carries a huge selection of Spanish wines and a daily-changing menu of Basque tapas. The crispy pig ears and lamb tartare will go with anything on the drinks list.
Don’t go with your tourist hat on. A serious local dive bar that fills up with front-of-house and kitchen staff post-shift and French Laundry patrons who’ve wandered up the block and are not ready to throw in the towel. Bonus: everyone’s favorite taco truck, Tacos Garcia, is parked in the lot out front.
It's all about the vineyard views, the outdoor fireplaces, the epic wine list-as-homage to the area. Bottles date back to the 1950s. Goes great with the bacon tasting.