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

Robert Lauriston | Oct 21, 200902:03 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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/din...

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.

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