The temperatures are dropping and here in San Francisco, we’ve been blessed with rain. I’m a huge fan of rainy days as it makes the whole world seem fresh and new. Plus, I spent time living in London where it rains frequently and fell in love with mulled wine on cold evenings. Though Americans are not as familiar with mulled wine, many do enjoy a glass of wine as they curl up around the fire!
Noe Valley Wine Merchants (24th Street between Church Street and Vicksburg Street)
Noe Valley Wine Merchants hosts a large selection of wines, expertly arranged by type. Upon entering, they have a display featuring their selection of wine for customers to read about and potentially try should they be interested. The staff seems helpful and when I made my visit, they were assisting another customer with finding the perfect wine for the occasion he was shopping for. You’re sure to find a great selection for your holiday party or just for a night in!
PlumpJack Wine and Spirits (24th Street and Noe Street)
When I walked in, the gentleman behind the counter warmly greeted me and told me about their selection. They have a diverse array of wine, beer, and scotch so regardless of your taste, you can find something to please your palate. They are happy to help you find something that fits your needs and their beer selection is unlike anything you’ll find at the market. If you’re looking for something unique or if you’re into trying beers off the beaten path, check out PlumpJack Wine and Spirits! They’d be happy to help you out!
Whole Foods (24th Street between Noe Street and Sanchez Street)
If the other two stores are closed, don’t fret. Whole Foods has a surprisingly large selection of great alcohol choices. Wander in and browse their choices, it is bound to be more unique than picking something up at the local Safeway and the prices won’t be too steep. You can get some of the more popular choices here and they have an excellent floral selection if you want to pick up some flowers for the evening. Plus, you can grab hot cocoa or tea for the kids while you’re in the store so everyone can have a drink that will keep them warm.
As the temperature begins to drop and the winter winds begin to gather, head into these local merchants to pick up something to warm your bones. With Thanksgiving and the holidays in general coming up, these venues will offer great, unique choices for you to bring for your host. If you’re just looking for something to enjoy at home, you’ll be able to find something to please your palate at any of these locations that is a bit more sophisticated than a boxed wine or generic choice. There are plenty of restaurants in the area as well if you want to grab dinner or take out to enjoy with your drink, so check out the Skive it websiteand make your evening memorable even if you do just spend it inside!