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East Bay Wine Bars? New Solano Cellars … brrr

rworange | Oct 24, 200501:27 AM

Any recommendations for wine bars in the East Bay?

Much of Solano Cellars under the new ownership has remained the same.

There are some positive things with the new owners. The shop is more organized and the wine bar area a very slight bit more organized. I think there are more upgrades to the area in the works. They now use Reidel glasses.

The wine bar menu is a better idea. Here’s what they had last week:

Artisan Cheese Plate: Red Hawk, Humbolt Fog, Manchago, with Membrillo.$9

Fatted Calf Charcuterie Plate: Mortadella, rabbit rillette, chorizo $10

Jamon Serrano Plate: Thin sliced dried cured Spanish Ham aged 18 moths $6.5

All plates come with thinly sliced La Farine bread

Single Organic Mixed Green salad - $4.5
Basque Olive Mix - $3
Spanish roasted almonds - $3

I only tried the Charcuterie which had nice generous portions that could really be split by two. There were also some cornichons on the plate. This week the mortadella was replaced with a pate and the other two items are the same.

Everything else is staying the same like the wine club, newsletter, the type of wine the sell, etc.

On the bad side, the prices for the glasses of wine and wine flights are higher and there are fewer selections. The ports and sparkling wines seem to be gone. There are no half glass options.

One other bad thing is that the wine bar hours have changed. It is closed on Monday. On Sunday it is open from noon to closing and the rest of the week from 4 pm to closing. The wine shop is still open seven days a week. It is just reduced hours for the bar.

I don’t find the new owners as helpful though and a little standoffish. So after a couple of visits it is unlikely I’ll go back.

The only other East Bay Wine Shop with a wine bar that I know of is Swish in Pinole. Are there any others? What about plain old wine bars? Extra gratitude points if they are open Monday night.

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