From the former wine director of Perbacco, Claudio Villani, comes InoVino, a compact wine bar and enoteca near the intersection of Carl and Cole. As you might guess, it's fairly heavy on Italian wine. And Cole Valley narrowly pulls ahead of arch-rival Bernal Heights in S.F.'s Cutest Urban Village contest.
In addition to its impressive pedigree, the 30-seat space offers three-, six- and twelve-ounce pours, as well as one of our favorite pedagogical tools, if not one of our favorite things in general: flights of three three-ounce glasses, for $16. The full list, chiefly of high altitude and volcanic wines, runs on for four pages, which means more learning for you.
If you're looking for a nosh, too, there are plenty of bruschettas, a buffalo mozzarella caprese salad, plus ample cheeses and the salumi misti that make Perbacco such a splurge. No papardelle, but Inovino's worth a quaint walk over the hill (or a trip on the N-Judah, which stops right outside). Be adventurous: Conquer Twin Peaks by foot with a date and reward yourself with a flight of volcanic wines upon your descent!
Now if only Cole Valley had a single-screen theater...
InoVino, 108B Carl St.