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To Live and Drink in Russian Hill

For the lucky people who get to live and drink in Russian Hill, there's Biondivino, Ceri Smith's tiny new wine shop at 1415 Green Street a few feet west of Polk. No bins or stacks of cardboard boxes here, just walls of bottles and a big table under a chandelier. The concentration is 95% Italian, with expensive blue-chip stock like Pio Cesare, but mostly small producers, making it a great neighborhood shop and one worth traveling to. We bought a white from Ronco del Gnemiz (Friuli) a blend of Malvasia and Tocai, for $16, and most of the bottles range from there to around $30. There are reds from the slopes of Mt. Etna, a raft of Nebbiolo, five Lagrein. For an aperitivo, Franciacorta fortified with Italian brandy. Biondivino is introducing Austrian reds at a tasting tomorrow, Tuesday March 20th, 6PM to 8PM. $10 tasting fee.
Biondivino, 1415 Green Street (Polk) 415-673-2320