Wine Kitchen’s Sinfully Delicious Pairings
By Desarie Sy
Photography by Rey Del Fierro
It was the “morning after” and I find myself reminiscing about the previous evening’s first sensual bite of Wine Kitchen’s crispy blue cheese stuffed olives. That perfect first crunch was followed by a squirt of blue cheese, paired with a glass of 2012 Corvina blend, Le Fraghe Bardolino – it was as good as it sounds – was the start of many gratifying comforting flavors for Wine Kitchen’s menu who recently celebrated their first anniversary. Rosemary, lavender, citrus almonds and fried brussel sprouts accompanied by yuzmu aoili were the tantalizing counterparts following that first crisped crunch bite.
The intimate casual environment was coupled with the most attentive personnel who were quite comforting while we welcomed each of the pairings which followed. The 2012 Italian island blend, Cenatiempo, Ischia was a refreshing choice for their marinated shell-less mussels, quartered fingerling potatoes, celery blanketed with saffron broth. The 2012 Corvina blend, Le Fraghe Bardolino brought a smile to my face once again when sipped between bites of their pumpkin gnocchi, maitakes, beets, arugula and goat cheese small plate. “Ahhhh, I may need to go to confession after this” I thought.
With one more pairing to go, a visit to the kitchen was pleasant intermission. Chef owners Greg & Jason were in their element. Their passion & knowledge for quality ingredients were evident. Curating innovative food & wine parings is their mission statement. So as I savored the final small plate of braised lamb, bulgur, apple, celeriac, hazelnut & miso which melted on my palate, paired off with a 2012 Zinfandel, broc from Sonoma, my last words were “mission accomplished!” It was the morning after but it’s as if time stood still that night.
507 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117