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 1/3/15

WINE of the WEEK
Quinta das Bageiras, Bruto Natural.  Bairrada-Portugal 2012  $14 / $35
CARAFE (250ml) $14 / $35 Bottle
Bianchello del Metauro, Claudio Morelli ‘La Vigne delle Terrazze’ Marche-Italy 2012
Pinot Gris, Johan. Willamette Valley-Oregon 2013
Riesling, Kabinett. Richter. Veldenzer Elisenberg-Mulheimer Sonnenlay-Mosel 2008
Rosé,  Vesper. Rancho Guejito Vineyard-San Pasqual Valley-San Diego 2013
Grenache, Skinner.  El Dorado-Sierra Foothils-Ca 2011
Right Bank, Chateau Canteloup.  Cote de Blaye-Bordeaux 2000
Rhone Blend, Neyers ‘Sage Canyon Red’  California 2012
Sangiovese, Piedrasassi ‘Carbonic’ Central Coast 2013
Zinfandel, Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’  Sonoma Valley-Ca 2013
CARAFE (250ml) $18 / $50 bottle
Chardonnay, Matthiasson.  Linda Vista Vineyard-Napa Valley 2013
Sauvignon Blanc, Lieu Dit.  Santa Ynez Valley 2013
Cabernet Sauvignon, Gramecy Cellars ‘Lower East’ Columbia Valley 2011
Cabernet Franc, Olga Raffault ‘Les Picasses’  Chinon-Loire Valley 2006
Pinot Noir, Melville ‘Estate’ Santa Rita Hills 2012
Syrah, Domaine Durand ‘Lautaret’ Saint Joseph-Northern Rhone Valley 2009
   Gaston Chiquet.  Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc d’Ay 2004 1.5L  $215
   Gratiot-Gerard ‘Désiré’ Extra Brut Rosé. Charly Sur Marne-Vallee de Marne 2009  $75
   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
   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
Ultramarine, Heintz Vineyard-Sonoma Coast Blanc de Blanc 2010  $75
Ultramarine, Heintz Vineyard-Sonoma Coast Rosé 2010  $75
WHITE bottle
Blend, Scholium Project ‘Midan Al-Tahrir’ California 2009 $45
   Chanin. Los Alamos Vineyard-Santa Barbara 2012 $70
   Chanin. Sanford and Benedict Vineyard-Santa Barbara 2012  $85
   Domaine Costal ‘Les Truffières’ Chablis 2012  $50
   Domaine Rolet. Arbois-Jura 2005   $30
   Matthiasson.  Michael Mara Vineyard-Sonoma Coast 2011 $70
   Mt. Eden Vineyards.  Santa Cruz Mountains 2010   $60
   Patrick Piuze, Val de Mer.  Vaillons-1er cru Chablis 2011  $50
   Pierre Morey.  Burgundy-France 2011  $65
   Saxon Brown.  Durrell Vineyard-Sonoma Coast 2009  $55
   Talley. Oliver’s Vineyard-Edna Valley-Central Coast 2012  $70
Chardonnay/Savagnin, Domaine Macle.  Cotes du Jura-France 2008  $55
Chenin Blanc, Habit.  Jurassic Park Vineyard-Santa Barbara 2013  $45
Chenin Blanc, M & S Bouchet. Saumur-Loire Valley 2012  $45
Melon de Bourgogne, Roots.  Deux Vert Vineyard-Yamhill Carlton-Oregon 2013 $35
Pinot Gris, Florian Beck Hartweg.  Frankstien Grand Cru-Alsace 2010 $50
Pinot Gris, Jolie-Laide.  Windsor Oaks Vineyard-Chalk Hill-Sonoma 2013  $55
Riesling, spätlese, JJ Christoffel. Ürziger Würzgarten-Mosel 2009  $60
Riesling, spätlese. Willi Schaefer. Graacher Dromprost #10-Mosel 2011  $70
Sauvignon Blanc, Clos Roche Blanche.  Touraine-Loire Valley 2011   $40
Vermentino.  Ryme ‘His’ Las Brisas Vineyard-Carneros 2010  $65
ROSE bottle
Salina Wine Company ’25 Reasons Rose’ PET NAT Mendocino   $45
Vesper. Rancho Guejito Vineyard- San Pasqual Valley- San Diego County 2013  $35
RED bottle
Blend, Bedrock Wine Co.  The Bedrock Heritage-Sonoma Valley 2013  $90
Blend, Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage-Contra Costa County 2013  $70
Cot, Puzelat-Bonhomme ‘KO In Cot We Trust’ Touraine-Loire Valley 2010 $45
Cabernet Franc, Domaine de Pallus ‘Les Pensees de Pallus’ Chinon-Loire Valley 2010  $50
Cabernet Franc/Merlot, Duemani ‘Altrovino’ Riparbella-Tuscany IGT 2009  $45
Cabernet Sauvignon
   Cade. Howell Mountain-Napa Valley 2010 $95
   Cain 5. Spring Mountain-Napa Valley 2004  $150
   Chateau Bel Aire Lagrave. Moulis-en-Medoc Bordeaux-France 1986  $80
   Kenefick Ranch ‘Chris’ Cuvee’ Calistoga-Napa Valley 2009 $90
   Mt. Eden Vineyards. Santa Cruz Mountains 2009 1.5L  $160
   Neyers Vineyards ‘AME’ Napa Valley 2011  $85
   Riverain. Tench Vineyard-Oakville-Napa 2011  $140
Cinsault. Birichino ‘Vignes Centenaires’ Bechthold Vineyard-Mokelumne River-Lodi 2012  $40
Frappato, Occhipinti. Sicilia IGT-Italy 2011 $70
Freisa, Giuseppe Mascarello ‘Toetto’ Langhe DOC-Italy 2009   $50
Fumin, Institut Agricole Regional.  Vallee D’Aoste DOC-Itay 2010  $75
Gamay, Bow and Arrow.  Willamette Valley-Oregon 2011  $40
Gamay, Jean-Marc Burgaud.  Cote du Py-Morgon 2012 $50
Gamay, Marcel Lapierre ‘Cuvée MMXI”  Morgon-France 2011  $75
Grenache/ Carignan.  Los Pilares.  McCormick Ranch Vineyard-San Diego County 2013  $40
Grenache/Syrah, Jolie-Laide.  Rossi Ranch Vineyard- Sonoma County 2012  $70
Merlot, Korbin Kameron.  Sonoma-Ca 2004  $45
Mourvedre, Dirty & Rowdy ‘Familiar’ California 2013  $55
Nebbiolo, Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo ‘Agamium’ Colline Novaresi DOC-Piedmonte 2008  $35
Negroamaro, Schola Sarmenti ‘Roccamora’ Nardo DOC-Italy 2011  $35
Pais, Louis-Antoine Luyt ‘Pipeno’  Portezuelo-Itata Valley-Chile 2014 1L  $35
Pinot Noir
   Anthill Farms. Demuth Vineyard-Anderson Valley 2010 $70
   Domaine Gros Frere & Soeur.  Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits-Burgundy 2012  $70
   Domaine Marcel Deiss.  Alsace-France 2011  $50
   Dragonette Cellars. Radian Vineyard- Santa Rita Hills  $90
   Gros Ventre.  Campbell Ranch Vineyard- Sonoma Coast 2012  $85
   Gros Ventre. Cerise Vineyard-Anderson Valley 2012 $80
   Louis Chenu. VV. Savigny-Les-Beaune AOP 2009  $60
   Pisoni.  Pisoni Vineyard-Monterey County 2012  $120
   Roar.  Santa Lucia Highlands 2012 $65
   Thierry Richoux. Irancy-Burgundy 2010 $55
Pinot Noir/Poulsard/Trousseau. Caves Jean Bourdy. Cotes du Jura-France 2009  $50
Petite Sirah, Forlorn Hope ‘Les Deux Mathieux’ Suisun Valley 2007 $55
Sangiovese, Bindi Sergardi.  Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG 2011  $35
   Alain Graillot ‘Syrocco’ Zenata-Morocco 2009  $45
   Cruse Wine Co.  Charles Heintz Vineyard-Sonoma Coast 2013  $45
   Donkey & Goat ‘The Recluse’ Broken Leg Vineyard-Anderson Valley 2010  $70
   Donkey & Goat. Fenaughty Vineyard-El Dorado-CA 2011  $70
   Eric Texier ‘Domaine de Pergaud’ St Julien en St Alban-Rhone-France 2010 $60
   Riverain. Cardiac Hill-Bennett Valley 2011  $60
Tempranillo Blend, Clos Pons ‘Alges’ Costers del Segre-Catalonia-Spain 2010  $38
Tempranillo, Lopez de Heredia. Rioja-Spain 2002  $90
Valdiguie, Cruse Wine Co. Rancho Chimiles Vineyard-Napa Valley 2013  $45
Vernaccia Rossa di Pergola, Claudio Morelli ‘Suffragium’ Marche IGT 2011  $45
Zinfandel, Robert Biale ‘Black Chicken’   Napa Valley 2012  $75
Amontillado, Gonzalez Byass ‘Del Duque VORS 30 Year’ Jerez-Spain 375ml   $65
Fino, Valdespino ‘Inocente’ Macharnudo Vineyard-Jerez-Spain  $8 gl
Manzanilla, Valdespino ‘Deliciosa’  Sanlúcar de Barrameda D.O.-Spain $8 gl
Banyuls, Domaine La Tour Vieille, Rimage 2013  $15 glass
Muscat Canelli, Birichino.  Monterey County 2012  $12 gl
Pedro Ximenez, Valdespino ‘El Candado’  Jerez-Spain  $14 gl
Porto, Quinta do Infantado ‘Green Label Reserva’ Gontelho-Covas do Douro-Portugal NV $10 glass
Riesling, auslese, Carl Schmitt-Wagner. Longuicher Maximiner Herenberg-MSR 2003 $40
Sauternes, Domaine de l’Alliance. Sauternes-France 2010  375ml $70
Triple Cream Sherry, Rancho de Philo.  Cucamonga Valley


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. There is a $20 per 750 ml bottle corkage fee for most events at Playground 2.0.