Farmstead Cheeses and Wines opened today. Although they aren't fully stocked yet (they were up all night cutting cheese), and they were a little disorganized, it looks quite promising. The couple that run it are very friendly and eager to talk wine and cheese. The wine selection is small but diverse, consisting mostly of small and midsized US producers and a small number of wines from around the world. Interestingly, he has them arranged by style, not by varietal or country, and from the lightest whites on one end to the heaviest reds on the other. Right now he has mostly reds, but he says in the summer he'll display more whites.
I bought a piece of aged Brescianella that I remember fondly from French Laundry. Then I walked across the aisle to the bakery for an Acme sour Batard and headed the half block home for a dinner of bread, cheese and homemade butternut squash soup.
The fish market, which they've been hoping to open in three weeks for the last six months, is down to an estimated few days, at which time I will have achieved shopping Nirvana.
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines
1650 Park Street (inside the Alameda Marketplace)
Open 11-8 M-Sat and 11-7 Sunday.
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