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Go to Yield Wine Bar

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, November 13th, 2006 at 2:49 pm in Uncategorized.

This weekend, Michaela and I hit Yield, that new wine bar in the Dogpatch ‘hood. The nook of Potrero Hill was totally dead except for Yield, which serves only organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines. We walked in and people had brought Amici’s pizzas or were eating  small plates the wine bar sells to accompany their wines. It was a totally kick back and mellow vibe. We took one of the last tables and stools in the barebones place. Ever since I researched biodynamics, I’ve been hooked. They just taste the way they should. I don’t know how to explain it, just go out and buy a bottle of Ceago Vinegarden or Marc Kreydenweiss and you’ll understand what I mean. Now its trendy enough to merit its own bar. We talked to the staff and they change their menu weekly, which sounds like a lot but you have to understand that most of France’s (I can’t vouch for Italy or Germany) vineyards maintain some level of organics. Tradition means something there. 100 years ago, everyone made wine this way.

At Yield, just to give you an idea, there are 22 reds on the menu from all around the world and half are available by the glass. They also have whites, sparklings and dessert wines. Now, on to what we tried:

Michaela, who works for French winemakers, has been obsessed with Languedoc wines of late. She got the ’04 Mas Du Petit Azegat, Languedoc-Roussillon. It was an amazingly rich and smooth blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre. Yum.

Forever partial to sparklings, I had to try the Patrick Bottex La Cueille, Bugey Cerdon, Savoie, France. I was intrigued by the description of strawberry and mint, but found the wine too sweet. Like Nerds, Michaela said. But the staff was kind enough to let me taste the wine, rather than spend $13 on a glass.

Eager to learn more about South African expressions, I settled on an earthy Cabernet from coastal Fairvalley. Boy, talk about green. It was like a veritable bell pepper salad in my mouth. I usually like my cabs smoky and dark, but this was so fresh I couldn’t resist.

Hands down, a fabulous and down to earth wine bar experience. You need to check it out.

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