Saturday, January 17, 2009

San Francisco Profile: Fish and Farm

San Francisco is unfolding itself to me as a wonderful city for food. Restaurants are abundant not just in quantity, but also in quality and affordability. Fish and Farm is a great 'slow food' restaurant where the chef endeavors to bring as much 100-mile food into the restaurant as possible and when food is brought from afar, he ensures it is ethically sourced and as fresh as possible. As an added bonus, the corkage for a bottle of California wine is $5 ($10 for non-CA).

The food I had was tremendous, with innovative flavours and fresh ingredients abound. I won't get too much into the food since this is a wine blog. Luckily, however, the restaurant had great wines by the glass for very reasonable prices. Here's what I had:

Wine #1: Preston Sauvignon Blanc 2007

This wine is from Dry Creek in Sonoma Valley and is a tremendous bargain. The nose was classic new world Sauv Blanc with lively citrus and mineral. The palate was very complex for this price point with orange, quince and grapefruit dominating, but also with tinges of minerals or stones. The mid-palate was quite fruity, but this worked perfectly with the fennel and organic apple cider base of my dish. Highly recommended for shell-fish.

Very Good+
$9 a glass

Wine #2: Chateau Fagol Bordeaux Superieur 2006
An extremely tasty bordeaux with a nose of cassis, wood, cedar, forest and mushroom. The palate was slightly spicey with notes of blackberry, but also wonderful elemental forest floor and herbal aromas. This was perfect with thyme and red meat. Another great wine by the glass.

Very Good+
$10 a glass

If you are ever in San Francisco, check this place out.

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