I tried Magnolia Station Wine Bar in Larkspur last evening.
It is owned by Ambrosia restaurant next door, which opened it to handle the overflow of patrons who were more focused on tasting and buying wine then on dining.
The space is welcoming with high tables and chairs, well lit and friendly. Although they have an abundance of wines on the shelves and by the bottle, the wine by the glass is limited to about eighteen.
My wife had a glass of Artesa Merlot, which had a full body and smooth finish. I tried the Zinfandel Flyte (sic) with Steele-Catfish Vineyard (Lake County) which I thought was excellent, full flavor with a mild tannic finish; Stors-Rusty Ridge (Santa Clara) which had a strong petrol taste which I mentioned to the wine steward/bartender and he thought that to be unusual. (I don't care for that taste but I have noticed it other wines); Ridge-Lytton Springs (Sonoma) enjoyable, full taste without a bite at the end.
We had a cheese plate which included Stilton, a very dry spanish cheese and blue goat cheese***.
A nice repose with the final bill at $31.00 with tip
Magnolia Station 1139 Magnolia Ave. Larkspur CA 94939 (415) 925-9100
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