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Friday, January 29, 2010

Get Your Drink On: Red + White

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 4:34 PM

The Glen Park wine bar's decor ― like the vino offerings ― is all about careful editing. - C. ALBURGER
  • C. Alburger
  • The Glen Park wine bar's decor ― like the vino offerings ― is all about careful editing.
Like many Gen Y wine business owners, Peter Bell and Juliana Flores take wine ― not themselves ― seriously. The couple behind Glen Park's new Red + White wine bar fell in love with Uncorked at Squaw Valley years ago and wanted to create a similar wine-filled hideaway for the neighborhood.

Outfitted in red, white, and gray, Red + White has an edited list of thirteen wines with a California-to-international ratio of 3:2. There's a small food menu: five upscale grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese plates, and charcuterie. Crème brûlée (in Mason jars) is promised. Those waiting to eat at Chenery Park or Gialina, both a very short walk away, now have a place to sip and nibble before the main event. Or stay.

Bell pens quirky, lyrical descriptions for each bottle on the list. He compares a Batagallini Estate Zinfandel to Willie Nelson's spare, understated anthem "Red Headed Stranger." He recounts the grueling finish he experienced in Michigan's Bayshore Marathon, merely so he can contrast it with the long, beautiful finish of the Alicats Syrah. Meanwhile, Flores gives the grilled cheese sandwiches monikers like Appley Ever After (ham, apples, cheddar $9.50) and Nutty Frenchman (blue cheese, radicchio, chopped pecans, $8.50).

General manager Derek Cienfuegos (he's worked at Vin Folio and Wattle Creek Winery) helped curate the small-batch production wines currently on offer. Not surprisingly, Red + White plans to bring in winemakers for tastings. Also in the works: monthly chef-winemaker dinners. Let's hope Bell gets to name the dishes.

Red + White 678 Chenery (at Diamond), 333-2200

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