By Kori ~ February 1st, 2010.
For years, Iâ€™ve had friends tell me that they canâ€™t find the great Washington State wines that I tell them about where they live. So with the help of Wine-Searcher.com and a lot of legwork, Iâ€™ve set out on a mission to prove them wrong.
This is the sixth in a series of posts to help you find great Washington State wines in the major cities and areas all around the country. So far, the series has featured New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles. Today, Iâ€™m searching for Washington State wine in the San Francisco, California, area.
Hereâ€™s the format: To be selected, a store first has to have a Wine-Searcher.com rating of 4 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 for customer service, reliability, etc. Next, it has to stock Washington State wines that we really like. Finally, they need to be an online retailer as well, so that if you donâ€™t live close enough to the store to drop in, you can still purchase their wines.
Based on the Wine-Searcher rating alone, I would only have two San Francisco area retailers to recommend, K&L Wine Merchants and J.J. Buckley.Â However, because I have personally done business with and been pleased with the service at Beverages and More, I have included them in this list as well. Iâ€™m hoping that some of our readers will weigh in with their comments if they know of other San Francisco area wine retailers with a good selection of Washington wines.
Of the three retailers that Iâ€™ve selected, K&L Wine Merchants has the largest overall selection of Washington State wines, which includes a good mix of mainstream and high end wines. Beverages and More comes in as a close second and has five locations in the San Francisco area. J.J. Buckley doesnâ€™t have a huge selection but carries some great Washington wines. I was hoping for more retailer choices in San Francisco that met our criteria, but its proximity to Napa and Sonoma probably explains why there are not more.
Listed below are the three retailers with their street addresses and links to their websites. Please let me know how you find their service and selection when you visit in person, and donâ€™t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have about any of the Washington wines they are offering.
K&L Wine Merchants, 638 4th St, San Francisco, CA
Beverages and More, 1301 Van Ness Blvd, San Francisco, CA
J.J. Buckley, 7305 Edgewater Dr, Suite E, Oakland, CA
(Photo by zoonabar)
Filed under: American Wine, Great Washington State Wine Available in (City), Washington State Wine