Here’s some friendly advice: when visiting San Francisco, don’t ask for “Cabernet Sauvignon.”
For that matter, don’t order a “Pinot Noir,” a “Zinfandel,” and absolutely do not even think of uttering the dreaded phrase “White Zinfandel.”
Why? Because the labels “pretentious,” “rube” and “non-wine drinker” will be stuck to your forehead and nothing else you say will be taken seriously, at least pertaining to food. Let’s face it, being so close to Wine Country, even SF biker bars serve a decent vintage or two.
Here’s a TasteTV tip: When in San Francisco, the “proper” way to order the above mentioned wines is the following:
- A “Cab” = Cabernet Sauvignon.
- A “Zin” = Zinfandel (red, mais bien sur)
- A “Pinot” = Pinot Noir (if you want a Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio, then say the full name)
- A “White Zinfandel” = This beast does not exist within the boundaries of the city, but you can ask for a nice “blush” wine and get something close
Voila, you are now charming, cultured, and good-looking. Plus, you now have the keys to any bartender, waiter or sommelier’s ear and respect in San Francisco.
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