I, Caviste!

It is said that there are two sides to every coin. In the world of fine wine, while the restaurant segment seems to more often engage the imagination with glamorous imagery that continuously draws the attention of the press, wine shops, with their row-upon-row of multi-colored bottles adorned with both classic and exotic labels, afford the […]

There’s No Place Like Beaune

Boris Champy is a soft-spoken winemaker whose focused demeanor speaks of a passion motivated by a singular objective – to seize each opportunity and create world-class wines . He currently directs a team of like-minded individuals at one of Burgundy’s most prestigious domains – the house of Louis Latour. I spoke with him in late March about his career in the industry. (This is […]

Et al. – Russian Hill Style!

Ceri Smith is the owner of the swanky Italian enoteca, Biondivino in San Francisco’s Russian Hill district. She recently unveiled what is poised to become another local favorite with her cozy-chic, cafe-cum-wine bar Et al.  I had a chance to chat with her and explore her irrepressible passion for the vine. (This is the second of a two-part feature) SlaveToTheGrape: […]

Etaliano

Ceri Smith is the owner of the swanky Italian enoteca, Biondivino in San Francisco’s Russian Hill district. She is poised to unveil what will certainly be another local favorite when she opens the doors to her cozy-chic, cafe-cum-wine bar Et al. this October. I recently had a chance to chat with her and explore her […]

Nopa – Encore!

The Divisadero corridor, a pulsing San Francisco neighborhood north of the Panhandle is for those in-the-know a culinary and entertainment hot spot anchored by the eponymously named Nopa, one of the best-loved and most-consistently creative dining spots in the city. Heading up Nopa’s precision-crafted and highly-expressive wine program is Chris Deegan. I recently spoke with him about his […]

Nopa – Decidedly Diviz!

The Divisadero corridor, a pulsing San Francisco neighborhood north of the Panhandle is for those in-the-know a culinary and entertainment hot spot anchored by the eponymously named Nopa, one of the best-loved and most-consistently creative dining spots in the city. Heading up Nopa’s precision-crafted and highly-expressive wine program is Chris Deegan. I recently spoke with him about […]

In Vino – Acquerello…Redux!

Gianpaolo Paterlini is wine director of Acquerello, one of the finest Italian restaurants in America. I recently had a chance to discuss what makes he and his wine program tick. (This is the second of a two-part feature) STTG: How do you structure your list and your by the glass program? GP:  …So we are […]

In Vino – Acquerello!

Gianpaolo Paterlini is wine director of Acquerello, one of the finest Italian restaurants in America. I recently had a chance to discuss what makes he and his wine program tick. (This is the first of a two-part feature) SlaveToTheGrape: What was the first hint that you were developing a fascination with wine? Gianpaolo Paterlini: With […]