Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sonoma in SoMa

Tank 18 debuts with a BYOB opening party


With appellations from Santa Cruz to Sonoma producing damn good grapes, it's become clear there's no longer just one "wine country."

But starting tomorrow, you can taste your way through all of them without leaving San Francisco, thanks to Tank 18 in SoMa.

The concrete floors and barn-like wood rafters will make you feel as though you're in your favorite Sonoma winery, sipping your way through a $15 tasting flight of local wines.

And we use the term "local" loosely. Tank 18 scours the state for worthy varietals (they're currently pouring five wines ranging from an El Dorado Tempranillo to a Russian River Chardonnay), then makes the wine at their Howard Street winery.

The reasoning: sourcing from multiple plots helps keep the price down (bottles range from $13-24).

Or you can stop by during Saturday's grand opening with a used, washed wine bottle, and they'll fill it directly from the barrel for $7.99.

It's the best deal you've gotten on wine since that ill-fated evening with a bottle of Two Buck Chuck.

And infinitely better.

Tank 18
1345 Howard St. (at Dore), SoMa

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Street.
BYO-bottle opening party: Sat Jan 26 10-4p. Free.
Nearby: Una Pizza Napoletana; Sightglass Coffee; Citizens Band

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