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Wine Bars to Try Right Now

Sure, craft beer is booming in the Bay Area, but a new slew of bars makes the case that wine is still worth a sip.

Former Perbacco wine man Claudio Villani has opened InoVino, a new Cole Valley enoteca that counters its tiny 30-seat space with style to spare. His 100-bottle menu favors wines from the mineral-laden soils of Italy’s alpine and volcanic regions, like the Cantina Nebbiolo di Carema, a velvety red with rose-petal notes.
108B Carl St. (At Cole St.), 415-681-3770

A sleek, light-filled sipping spot, Encuentro has stocked up on its red wines for the fall. Proof that wine still sells: this Oakland wine bar’s new incarnation opens early next year with two and a half times the space, a larger vegan-friendly dinner menu, and a pizza oven.
200 2nd St. (near Jackson St.), Oakland, 510-832-9463

By the glass, on tap, or purchased to go, grapes can be had any way you like at Ordinaire. At this new Grand Lake venture, owner Bradford Taylor stocks wines from the likes of Clos Saron and Ryme Cellars, which are not often found in retail stores. Look for his prix-fixe winemaker dinners this spring.
3354 Grand Ave. (at Elwood st.), Oakland, 510-629-3944

 

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