New! Chowhound Cities: Satisfy your curiosity and your palate. Explore Cities
Discover the unexpected in the Bay Area. Explore All of the SF Bay Area
Food Media 1

NY Times on San Francisco's non-local wine lists

Robert Lauriston | Oct 21, 2009 02:03 PM

Eric Asimov's "Eat Local; Drink European" highlights the popularity of European wines at SF Bay Area restaurants that are otherwise generally very local-centric.

By accentuating the positive, I think he misses what might be the most important factor: the California fad for ultra-ripe grapes, massive extraction, lots of new oak, and high alcohol results in wines that many of us find unpleasant to drink with food, or at all. I think most of those restaurants will carry more California wines as soon as they find more that taste as good as European wines.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound