Wine is not simply a perfect complement to great food; it is also a social lubricant and the best aid to seduction known to man. It is a beverage whose benefits are amplified by the surroundings in which it is enjoyed and the friends with whom it is shared. We believe in wine and its many benefits, and we’ve hired a sommelier to help us put together a list of exciting food-friendly wines from around the world that you probably haven’t had elsewhere. We’ve listened to guest comments and criticisms and put together a by-the-glass program that will make most people happy. It seems few people agree on the appropriate volume of a glass of wine, and nothing appears to be enough in our 14 oz. glasses. So we will serve a dozen or more wines in 250 ml carafes. (Dessert and sparkling wines will still be served by the glass.) 250 ml is exactly one-third of a bottle, so it is a fair amount to share or a pleasant evening for one.

Updated 9/1/15 all glass pours are 250ml carafe


WINE of the WEEK
Eladio Piñeiro ‘La Coartada’ Alentejo, Portugal 2006
Chardonnay, Caraccioli Cellars.  Santa Lucia Highlands 2010
Gruner Veltliner, Nikolaihof ‘Hefeabzug’ Wachau, Austria 2013
Riesling, Von Hovel.  Oberemeler, Mosel, Germany 2013
Rosé, Vesper Vineyards.  Rancho Guejito Vyd, San Diego County 2014
Sauvignon Blanc, Sebastien Riffault ‘Quarterons’ Sancerre, Loire Valley, FR 2011
Sparkling, Catherine & Pierre Breton ‘Le Dilettante’ Vouvray, Loire Valley, FR NV
Cabernet Franc, Olga Raffault ‘Les Picasses’ Chinon, Loire Valley, FR 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon, Ehlers Estate. St. Helena, Napa Valley 2012
Dolcetto, Roagna. Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2013
GSM, Bonny Doon Vineyard ‘Le Cigare Volant’ Red Wine of the Earth 2011
Pinot Noir, Soliste ‘Narcisse’ Sonoma Coast 2013
Spatburgunder, Koehler-Ruprecht.  Kallstadt, Pfalz, Germany 2010
Syrah, Domaine Faury. IGP Collines Rhodaniennes 2014
Zinfandel, Vinos Totol.  Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico 2012
   Gaston Chiquet.  Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc d’Ay 2004 1.5L  $215
   Le Brun-Sevenany ‘Cuvee Tresor Exhilarante Vieilles Vignes’ Grand Cru Avize 2004  $150
   Le Claire-Gaspard “Cuvee Grande Reserve’  Grand Cru Avize NV  $70
   J.Lassalle ‘Special Club’  1er Cru-Montagne de Reims 2006  $140
   Moussé Fils, Tradition Rosé.  Vallee de Marne NV  $95
   Pehu-Simonet ‘Face Nord’ Brut Grand Cru.  Verzenay, Montagne de Reims NV  $85
   Vazart-Coquart et Fils ‘Cuvee Club Tresor’ Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc Chouilly 2006  $145
Cremant du Jura, Tissot. Extra Brut.  Jura, France  $45
Quinta das Bageiras, Bruto Natural.  Bairrada, Portugal 2012  $35
Pet Nat
   Chardonnay, Donkey & Goat ‘Lily’s Sparkling’  Cozlman Vyd, Anderson Valley, Mendocino 2014   $55
   Chenin Blanc/ Pineau d’Aunis, Jean-Pierre Robinet ‘Les Annes Folles’ Loire Valley, FR $55
   Pinot Noir, Rosé,  Johan Vineyards.  Willamette Valley, Oregon 2014  $40
Prosecco, Caneva da Nani ‘El Vin Col Fondo’  Guia di Valdobbiadene, IT NV  $35
Ultramarine, Heintz Vyd, Sonoma Coast Blanc de Blanc 2010  $75
Ultramarine, Heintz Vyd, Sonoma Coast Rosé 2010  $75
Blend, Scholium Project ‘Midan Al-Tahrir’ California 2009 $45
   Ceritas. Charles Heintz Vyd, Somona Coast 2013  $120
   Ceritas. Peter Michael Ray Vyd, Santa Cruz Mountains 2013  $110
   Lutum.  Gap’s Crown Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2013  $95
   Masion Morey Coffinet.  Saint Romain, Burgundy, FR 2013  $75
   Matthiasson.  Michael Mara Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2011 $70
   Mt. Eden Vineyards.  Santa Cruz Mountains, CA 2010   $60
   Patrick Piuze ‘Val de Mer’ Vaillons Premier Cru, Chablis 2011 $60
   Rhys. Horseshoe Vyd, Santa Cruz Mountains 2012  $175
   Sandhi.  Sanford & Benedict Vyd, Santa Barbara County 2012  $90
   Talley. Oliver’s Vyd, Edna Valley, Central Coast 2012  $70
Chenin Blanc
   M & S Bouchet. Saumur, Loire Valley 2012  $45
   Michel Autran ‘Les Enfers Tranquilles’ Vouvray, Loire Valley, FR 2013  $45
   Sandlands.  Amador County, CA 2013  $50
Furmint, Heidi Schrock.  Rust, Neusiedlersee-Hugelland, Burgenland, Austria 2013  $55
Gruner Veltiner
   Alzinger, Federspiel.  Frauenweingarten Vyd, Wachau, Austria 2013  $50
   Alzinger, Smaragd.  Loibenberg, Wachau, Austria 2013  $110
   Nikolaihof ‘Hefeabzug’ Wachau, Austria 2013  $50
   Schloss Gobelsburg.  Steinsetz Vyd, Kamptal, Austria 2013  $50
   Schloss Gobelsburg ‘Tradition’ Kamptal, Austria 2012  $90
Pinot Blanc, Prieler. Seeberg Vyd, Neusiedlersee-Hugelland, Burgenland, Austria 2013  $55
Pinot Gris
   Johan Vineyards ‘Drueskall’ Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012  $65
   Jolie-Laide.  Windsor Oaks Vyd, Chalk Hill, Sonoma 2013  $55
   Carl Schmitt-Wagner, auslese. Longuicher Maximiner Herenberg-MSR 2003 $40
   Element.  Finger Lakes, New York 2010  $35
   Fürst, grosse gewächs.  Centgrafenberg, Franken, Germany 2014  $140
   JJ Christoffel, spätlese.  Ürziger Würzgarten, Mosel 2009  $60
   Kruger-Rumpf, feinherb. Munsterer Dautenplanzer, Nahe, Germany 2013  $50
   Schloss Gobelsburg ‘Tradtion’ Kamptal, Austria 2012  $90
   Schloss Schönborn, auslese.  Erbacher Marcobrunn, Rhiengau, Germany 1994 375ml  $60
   Wagner-Stempel, grosse gewächs. Hollberg, Rheinhessen, Germany 2013  $95
   Willi Schaefer, spätlese.. Graacher Dromprost #10, Mosel 2011  $70
Rousanne/ Marsanne, Vesper Vineyards ‘Alcala’  Highland Hills Vyd, Romona Valley, San Diego 2012  $45
Sauvignon Blanc
   Clos Roche Blanche.  Touraine, Loire Valley 2011   $40
   Gerard Boulay. Clos de Beaujeu, Chavignol, Sancerre, Loire Valley 2013 $80
   Favia ‘Linea’  Coombsville, Napa Valley 2013  $90
Tocai Friulano/Chardonnay/Ribolla Gialla, Massican Winery ‘Annia’ Napa Valley 2014  $60
Vermentino.  Ryme ‘His’ Las Brisas Vyd-Carneros 2010  $65
   Favia ‘Suize’  Shake Ridge Ranch Vyd, Amador County, Ca 2012  $90
   Francois Villard ‘Les Contours de Donponcins’ VdF 2013  $50
Grenache, Penville Wine.  Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara 2014   $40
Grenache Gris, Donkey & Goat ‘Isabel’s Cuvée’ Gibson Ranch Vy, Mendocino County $45
Touriga Nacional, Arnot-Roberts.  Luchsinger Vy, Clear Lake, CA 2014  $45
Trousseau Gris, Jolie-Laide. Fanucchi Road Vy, Russian River Valley, Somona 2014 $55
Blend, Bedrock Wine Co.  The Bedrock Heritage Vy, Sonoma Valley 2013  $85
Cot, Puzelat-Bonhomme ‘KO In Cot We Trust’ Touraine, Loire Valley 2010 $45
Cabernet Franc
   Catherine & Pierre Breton. Clos Senechal, Bourgueil, Loire Valley 2011  $55
   Catherine & Pierre Breton, Franc de Pied.  Bourgueil, Loire Valley 2013  $52
   Domaine de L’R ‘Les 5 Elements’ Chinon, Loire Valley, FR  2013  $40
   Favia ‘Cerro Sur’  Napa Valley 2011  $150
   M&S Bouchet.  Saumur, Loire Valley 2010  $50
   Olga Raffault ‘Le Picasses’ Chinon, Loire Valley 2001  $60
   Oro en Paz.  La Colina Vy, Lake County, CA 2012  $50
Cabernet Franc/Merlot, Duemani ‘Altrovino’ Riparbella, Tuscany IGT 2009  $45
Cabernet Sauvignon
   Arnot-Roberts.  Fellom Ranch Vy, Santa Cruz Mountains 2012  $90
   Cade. Howell Mountain, Napa Valley 2010 $95
   Cain 5. Spring Mountain, Napa Valley 2004  $150
   Continuum.  Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley 2012  $250
   Ch. Ségur de Cabanac. St. Estephe, Bordeaux, FR 2009 $100
   Favia.  Napa Valley 2007  $250
   Gramercy Cellars ‘Lower East’ Columbia Valley, Washington 2011  $60
   Mt. Eden Vineyards. Santa Cruz Mountains 2010 1.5L  $160
   Priest Ranch ‘Coachgun Red’ Somerston Estate, Napa Valley 2009  $90
   Riverain. Tench Vy, Oakville, Napa 2012  $140
Frappato, Occhipinti. Sicilia IGT, Italy 2011 $70
Fumin, Institut Agricole Regional.  Vallee D’Aoste DOC, Itay 2010  $75
   Herve Souhaut ‘Les Souteronne’ Rhone Valley VdF 2014  $60
   Jean-Paul Thevenet.  Morgon, Beaujolais, FR 2014  $60
   Marcel Lapierre ‘Cuvée MMXI”  Morgon, France 2011  $75
   RPM Wines. El Dorado County, CA 2013  $60
Gamay/ Pinot Noir. Domaine Chevillon. Passetoutgrain, Burgundy 2012  $55
Grenache and blends
   Black Sheep Finds ‘Cafe Society’ Santa Barbara County 2013  $55
   Ch. Fonsalette.  Cote du Rhone 1999  $200
   Ch. Rayas ‘Pignan’ Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone 2000  $250
   Domaine Gramenon ‘La Sagesses’  Cote du Rhone, FR 2013  $65
   Favia ‘Rompecabezas’  Shake Ridge Ranch Vyd, Amador County 2011  $90
   J. Brix ‘La Libresca’  Santa Barbara Highlands Vyd, SBC 2013  $50
   Jolie-Laide ‘Love’ Provisor Vyd-Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma 2013  $75
   Jolie-Laide.  Rossi Ranch Vyd, Sonoma County 2012  $70
Mencia, Envinate ‘Lousas’ Vinas de Aldea, Riberia Sacra, Galicia, ESP 2013   $45
   Korbin Kameron.  Sonoma, CA 2009  $45
   Neyers.  Napa Valley 2012  $75
Mondeuse, Prieuré Saint Christophe. Savioe, FR 2007 $70
Mourvedre, Dirty & Rowdy ‘Familiar’ California 2013  $55
   Cascina Adelaide. Cannubi, Barolo, Piedmont, IT 2007  $120
   Cigliuti. Vie Erte, Barbaresco, IT 2011  $100
   Cigliuti. Serraboella, Barbaresco, Piedmont, IT 2011  $125
   La Palazzina.  Bramaterra, Piedmont, IT 2006  $65
Pinot Noir
   A.F. Gros.  Chambolle Musigny, Cotes de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2012  $170
   Anthill Farms. Demuth Vyd, Anderson Valley 2010 $70
   Camille Giroud.  Cote de Beaune-Villages, Burgundy 2008  $50
   Ceritas. Elliot Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2013  $120
   Chanin.  Bien Nacido Vyd, Santa Maria Valley 2012  $85
   Clos Pepe Estate.  Sta. Rita Hills, CA 2012  $90
   Daniel Largeot.  Les Beaumonts, Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, FR 2011  $50
   Fürst, grosse gewächs.  Centgrafenberg, Franken, Germany 2013  $200
   Gros Frere & Soeur.  Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2012  $70
   Gros Ventre.  Campbell Ranch Vy, Sonoma Coast 2012  $85
   Koehler-Ruprecht, spätburgunder.  Pfalz, Germany 2010   $35
   Laleure-Piot. Corton Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, FR 2008  $120
   Laleure-Piot. Pernand-Vergelesses 1er, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2009  $70
   Louis Chenu ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Savigny-Les-Beaune, Burgundy, FR 2009  $60
   Lutum. Durell Vy, Sonoma Coast 2013  $100
   Lutum. Sanford & Benedict Vy, Sta. Rita Hills 2012  $100
   Mazilly Pere et Fils “Vielles Vignes.” Gevrey-Chambertin,  Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2009  $80
   Meyer-Näkel ‘Blauschiefer’ Ahr, Germany 2013   $105
   Moillard. Les Beau Monts 1er, Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2009  $150
   Pisoni.  Pisoni Vyd, Monterey County 2012  $120
   Rhys.  Bearwallow Vyd, Mendocino 2010 (magnum)  $300
   Roar.  Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, CA 2012 $65
Pinot Noir/Poulsard/Trousseau. Caves Jean Bourdy. Cotes du Jura, France 2009  $50
Petite Sirah, Priest Ranch.  Somerston Estate, Napa Valley, CA 2010 $65
Sangiovese Grosso
   Le Gode ‘Riserva.’ Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany 2004  $130
   Padelletti. Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany 2006  $100
   Padelletti. Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany 2007  $120
   Tenuta Greppone Mazzi. Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany 2006  $150
St. Laurent, Cruse Wine Co.  Ricci Vyd, Carneros, Sonoma County, Ca 2014  $55
Syrah and blends
   Cruse Wine Co.  Charles Heintz Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2013  $45
   Domaine Durand ‘Lautaret’  Saint-Joesph, Northern Rhone, FR 2009  $60
   Donkey & Goat ‘The Recluse’ Broken Leg Vyd, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, CA 2010  $70
   Donkey & Goat. Fenaughty Vyd, El Dorado, CA 2011  $70
   Dragonette Cellars ‘MJM’  Santa Ynez Valley, CA 2010  $90
   Eric Texier ‘Domaine de Pergaud’ St Julien en St Alban, Rhone Valley, FR 2010 $60
   Favia ‘Quarzo’  Shake Ridge Ranch Vyd, Amador County 2011  $90
   Herve Souhaut.  Northen Rhone, FR 2014  $65
   Joesph Swan.  Trenton Estate Vyd, Russian River Valley 2007  $60
   Riverain. Cardiac Hill Vyd, Bennett Valley, Sonoma 2012  $60
   Bodegas Altanza ‘Club Lealtanza’ Riserva. Rioja, ESP 2005  $110
   Lopez de Heredia. Rioja, ESP 2002  $90
   Perez Pascuas ‘Vino Pedrosa’ La Navilla, Ribera Del Duero, ESP 2010  $85
Vernaccia Rossa di Pergola, Claudio Morelli ‘Suffragium’ Marche IGT 2011  $45
   Joesph Swan.  Mancini Ranch Vyd, Russian River Valley 2009  $55
   Limerick Lane.  Russian River Valley, Somona County, CA 2012  $50
   Sineann ‘Old Vine’  Pines Vyd, Columbia Valley, OR 2013  $75
DESSERT and FORTIFIED (3oz glass)
Amontillado, Gonzalez Byass ‘Del Duque VORS 30 Year’ Jerez, ESP NV 375ml  $65
Beerenauslese, Heidi Schrock ‘Selektion’ Rust, Neusiedlersee-Hugelland, Burgenland, Austria 2013  $90  375mL
Colheita, Niepoort.  Oporto, Portugal 1999  $60 375mL
Eiswein, Nigl, Gruner Veltiner.  Niederosterreich, Austria 2012 $70  375mL
Muscat Canelli, Birichino.  Monterey County 2012  $12 gl
Pedro Ximenez, Valdespino ‘El Candado’  Jerez, ESP  $14 gl
Port, Quinta do Infantado ‘Late Bottled Vintage’ Gontelho, Covas do Douro, Portugal 2007  $10 gl
Sauternes, Ch. Roumieu-Lacoste.  Sauternes, FR 2012  $16 gl
Triple Cream Sherry, Rancho de Philo.  Cucamonga Valley, CA NV  $12 gl


Corkage Policy

We’ve done our best to provide a number of excellent and affordable wine options for you. If none of these meets your mood or if you think that The Playground is just the place you want to crack open that ’61 Chateau Latour your dad gave you when you graduated from college, then bring your own wine. There is no corkage fee at Playground, just make sure your server gets to enjoy a glass.