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Best Sancerre under $20 retail in San Francisco

Domaine Aucherre is a Sancerre made from organic grapes that retails for under $20.

Le Grand Caillou is a Loire Sauv Blanc, made by a Sancerre producer but from grapes outside of the AOC that shares many flavor characteristics with the AOC wines that retails for around $12

In my shop (Farmstead in the East Bay), I carry several other Sancerres that hover in the $20 range ($22-25), and have seen several in that price range at Paul Marcus and Solano Cellars.

Apr 14, 2013
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine with Thai Food

richard's right - an off dry chenin like the chidaine would work very well. a vouvray, or even a non-yeasty sparkling wine would be a great accompaniment.

Feb 25, 2011
jeffyd in Wine

Wine with Thai Food

Aromatic whites, whites with a bit of residual sugar, or rosé wines with a bit if extraction on them will all work very well with Thai food.

Try a dry muscat from Botani or Heidi Schroek (Spain and Austria respectively), a Gewurz from CA or the Alsace, a Trocken or Kabinet reisling from Germany, or a reisling from the Anderson Valley. Mordorée Tavel (or another rich rosé) would work very well too.

Stay away from very light whites like Gruners, Verdicchio, Sauvignon Blanc or oaked wines like CA chards and you'll be just fine.

Feb 25, 2011
jeffyd in Wine

Locanda da Eva closing?!

80% Favorita (aka Vermentino), 10% Chardonnay and 10% Moscato.
and it is at #farmstead

Dec 05, 2010
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

chez panisse attire?

Berkeley attire is whatever you feel like wearing, and Chez is no exception. If you're going downstairs, then I'd wear a sportcoat, but it's truly a casual restaurant - dressing wise....

Nov 07, 2008
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Burrata cheese

the problem is that all burrate has a seven day shelf life, and that even with the most concientious and speedy importers, it can take up to four days to get the cheese from the producer to the cheese store. then it has three days until it gets sour.

Jul 13, 2008
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Burrata Source?

Burrata is definitely best when consumed soon after purchase.

I've found that the locally made stuff (from Gioia) is fresher and has a longer shelf life than the stuff flown in from Italy (all burrate has about a 7 day shelf life, and it takes two days to get it from Italy to here and only a day to come from LA to heare, and it doesn't to sit in customs or for through FDA inspections)

Jul 13, 2008
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Truffle Tremor cheese at Farmstead Cheeses & Wines/Alameda...

thanks for the kind words; i'll pass the compliment on to Molly

Cheesemonger Jeff

Feb 25, 2008
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

I am done with Cafe Rouge (Berkeley)

We've been going there since they've opened. When it's good, it's very good; when it's not, it's horrible.

We call the place either "Café Rude" (for the inconsistent service) or "Café Meat" (when it's good).

I must say, that our last few meals there have been less than stellar - slow service and lukewarm food.

We haven't been back in months.

Very well-thought out wine list though.....

Oct 28, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

How is Taylor's Refresher, REALLY?

unimpressed really. expensive, greasy. not much there, there, beyond marketing, I'm afraid

Oct 21, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Farmstead Cheeses Opening in Montclair?

thanks for linking to my blog, cecilia. we've never gotten so many hits!!

Oct 21, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Farmstead Cheeses Opening in Montclair?

Yes, it's true. We've signed a lease to go into the old LaSalle Cigar Store space @ 6218 La Salle (in the Village, across from the city parking lot).

The space will be 1200 square feet (400 square feet larger than our Alameda Marketplace space), but divided into two rooms.

We're very excited to be opening in Montclair, as my wife and I live in the hills above the village.

We expect to open in early 2008.

Oct 20, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Alameda: Park Street Marketplace

Thanks for the kind words. I'll pass on to my feloow vendors.

Jeff (Farmstead)

Sep 09, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville) - 50 Person Dinner - Any good spots?

I just did a dinner for 40 at The Bay Wolf. It was fabulous. For fifty you wouldn't all be in the same room, but they;d make up for it in level of service and cuisine

Feb 27, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Shops in SF

Hmm, all of the wine shops that you call "very expensive" or "very, very expensive" sell their wines at normal markup

The Wine Club works at a deper discount, but doesn't offer anywhere near the service of any good full retail shop.

Feb 27, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Help finish off my French Laundry weekend

Bistro Jeanty is a fine choice for lunch - as rt sez - the tomato soup is great . in fact all of their first courses are super.

we're also big fans of Bouchon. we were turned off by Redd. Not much there there

Jan 27, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Help finish off my French Laundry weekend

Boy, we hated Taylor's Refresher - found the burger's not cooked well, the fries soggy, the shakes thin, and the whole affair (one burger, one reuben, one shke, two fries and a glass of wine) to be expensive - over $50.

Jan 27, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Burrata Cheese

It is available all year - it's just so darned persihable that most cheese stores only carry it when tomatoes are in season.

Jan 27, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Burrata Cheese

Actually, I think that they are 1.5 oz. No matter - they are the perfect size for two.

Jan 27, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Bay Area Wine Outlet question

Actually Robert, we have over 150 selections under $15, and more than half of our 500+ selections is $22 and under.

JD

Jan 27, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Burrata Cheese

I wouldn't say that we're not carrying it anymore Ruth. It's a seasonal thing. People associate it with tomatoes. So when the tomatoes are in season, we have great demand for burrata and bufala mozzarella

Jan 17, 2007
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Valentine's Day?

I've read that the botulism present in ultra low temp Sous Vide cooking destroys the poisons in the Fugu.

Now, where to find the Fugu in SF Bay Area? Any suggestions?

Jan 10, 2007
jeffyd in Home Cooking

Valentine's Day?

I want to surprise my wife with something really special, and I have been thinking about sous vide cooking.

Has anybody had any experiences they could share with me?

Does it work well with fish?

How about Fugu? Do you think that would be good cooked a la Sous Vide?

Thanks!

Jan 10, 2007
jeffyd in Home Cooking

Late lunch Sunday in Berkeley / Oakland?

Gewurz, Riesling, Pinot Blanc and big spicy reds.

Dec 13, 2006
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Oliveto now accepting reservations for Whole Hog 2007

They were accepting reservations for this months ago; I made mine in September.

Dec 13, 2006
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Baron's at Star Market, Berkeley (or is it Oakland?) opening this week

yes robert. they have a dry aging space in the alameda shop - which i assume they will be copying at star. you buy the beef - they continuie to aged it for you. you come in and they trim it for you as needed.
it works out to be about 1-2 dollars per pound cheaper that way, as there is a lot of trim.

Nov 16, 2006
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheese Crawl

if you're looking for cheese factories, I'd add cowgirl creamery in Pt reyes and marin french (rouge et noir) on the petaluma-novato road to the ones listed above

if you're looking for cheese shops, the bay area has a myriad of fine stores.

ask and i'll post a rec or two, depending upon where you are and where you want to go

Nov 16, 2006
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

White Truffle Source?

expect to pay a minimum of $225 an ounce for the small white truffles, to $300/oz for the fist size ones.

most stores get their white truffles from one or two local wholesalers who contract with folks in alba to select and export.

Nov 16, 2006
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Cesar's on Piedmont

I'm that friend, and we're going back again tonight. We never tire of Cesar- the piedmont store is just more of what we like cesar for......

Aug 25, 2006
jeffyd in San Francisco Bay Area

Interesting thing I heard about super-aged Gouda

If you like Piave, there's an artisan cheese that is available is ome places called Lateria Sant'Andrea. It's got more depth of flavor than Piave (even the Extravecchio) and is made by a small caseria (Piave is made by a large industrial maker).

Aug 16, 2006
jeffyd in Cheese