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 5/9/16 all glass pours are 250ml carafe


WINE of the WEEK
Romorantin, François Cazin. Cour-Cheverny, Loire Valley, FR 2013
Chardonnay, Sandhi. Santa Barbara County 2013
Chenin Blanc, M & S Bouchet.  Vin de France 2012
Riesling, Kruger-Rumpf.  Nahe, Germany 2008
Rosé of Zwigelt, Nigl.  Austria 2015
Pinot Blanc, REIN Winery. Schrader Ranch Vyd, Mendocino 2014
Sauvignon Blanc, Dragonette Cellars.  Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2014
Sparkling, Catherine & Pierre Breton ‘Le Dilettante’ Vouvray, Loire Valley, FR NV
Cabernet Franc, Bernard Baudry. Chinon, Loire Valley, FR 2013
Cabernet Franc/Cot, Clos Roche Blanche ‘Cuvée Pif’ Loire Valley, FR 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon, Ehlers Estate. St. Helena, Napa Valley 2013
Carignan, Oro en Paz.  Del Barba Vyd, Contra Costa County, CA 2014
Mourvedre, ROOM.  Shake Ridge Ranch Vyd, Amador County 2014
Nebbiolo, Germano Angelo ‘Visette’ Langhe, Piedmont, IT 2011
Pinot Noir, Soliste ‘Narcisse’ Sonoma Coast 2013
Shiraz, Seville Estate ‘The Barber’ Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 2012
Tempranillo, Ontanon, reserva.  Rioja, ESP 2005
   Andre Clouet. Grand Cru Grand Reserve Burt, Bouzy NV (magnum)  $190
   Benoit Marguet, Rosé Grand Cru  ‘Elements 11’ NV (magnum)  $200
   Le Brun-Sevenany ‘Cuvee Tresor Exhilarante Vieilles Vignes’ Grand Cru Avize 2004  $150
   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 Blancs Chouilly 2006  $145
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
Dirty & Rowdy, Traditional Method Pinot Blanc 2013  $80
Ultramarine, Heintz Vyd, Sonoma Coast Blanc de Blanc 2011  $95
Ultramarine, Heintz Vyd, Sonoma Coast Rosé 2011  $95
   Scholium Project ‘Midan Al-Tahrir’ California 2009 $45
   Vesper Vineyards. Rancho Guejito Vyd, San Pascaul Valley, San Diego 2013  $45
   Arnot-Roberts.  Watson Ranch Vyd, Napa Valley 2013  $80
   Ceritas. Charles Heintz Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2013  $120
   Ceritas. Peter Martin Ray Vyd, Santa Cruz Mountains 2013  $110
   Domaine de Chérisey. Les Chalumaux Vyd, Puligny-Monterachet 1er Cru, Burgundy 2013  $165
   Last Light Wine Co.  Spanish Springs Vyd, San Luis Obispo 2014  $45
   Lutum.  Gap’s Crown Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2013  $95
   Maison Morey Coffinet.  Saint Romain, Burgundy 2013  $75
   Matthiasson.  Michael Mara Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2011 $70
   Patrick Piuze ‘Val de Mer’ Vaillons Premier Cru, Chablis 2011 $60
   Philippe Pacalet.  Chassange-Montrachet, Burgundy 2012 $160
   Philippe Pacalet.  Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy 2011  $165
Chenin Blanc
   M & S Bouchet. Saumur, Loire Valley 2012  $45
   Sandlands.  Amador County, CA 2013  $50
Gruner Veltiner
   Alzinger, Federspiel.  Frauenweingarten Vyd, Wachau, Austria 2013  $50
   Alzinger, Smaragd.  Loibenberg, Wachau, Austria 2013  $110
   Schloss Gobelsburg ‘Tradition’ Kamptal, Austria 2012  $90
Marsanne, Domaine Laurent Habrard.  Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone Valley, FR 2012 $35
Pinot Gris
   Johan Vineyards ‘Drueskall’ Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012  $65
   Jolie-Laide.  Rorick Heritage Vineyard, Calaveras County 2015  $55
   Carl Schmitt-Wagner, auslese. Longuicher Maximiner Herenberg-MSR 2007 $60
   Element.  Finger Lakes, New York 2010  $35
   Fürst, grosse gewächs.  Centgrafenberg, Franken, Germany 2014  $140
   Kruger-Rumpf, spätlese.  Munsterer Rheinberg, Nahe, Germany 1998  $75
   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
Sauvignon Blanc
   Gerard Boulay. Clos de Beaujeu, Chavignol, Sancerre, Loire Valley 2013 $80
   Favia ‘Linea’  Coombsville, Napa Valley 2013  $90
   Sabastien Riffault ‘Les Quarterons’  Sancerre, Loire Valley 2011  $45
   Scholium Project ‘The Prince in His Caves’  Farina Vyd, Sonoma Mountain 2014  $50
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 Gris, Donkey & Goat ‘Isabel’s’ Gibson Ranch, Vyd 2015 (liter) $45
Touriga Nacional, Arnot-Roberts.  Luchsinger Vy, Clear Lake, CA 2015  $45
Trousseau Gris, Jolie-Laide. Fanucchi Road Vy, Russian River Valley, Somona 2014 $55
Barbera, Aldo Conterno. Conca Tre Pile, Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2011 $70
   AmByth Estate. PlaygGround Vyd, Paso Robles 2011  $75
   Bedrock Wine Co.  The Bedrock Heritage Vy, Sonoma Valley 2013  $85
   Scholium Project ‘Gardens of Babylon’ Suisun Valley, CA 2013  $50
Cabernet Franc
   Catherine & Pierre Breton. Clos Senechal, Bourgueil, Loire Valley 2011  $55
   Catherine & Pierre Breton, Franc de Pied.  Bourgueil, Loire Valley 2013  $52
   Favia ‘Cerro Sur’  Napa Valley 2012  $250
   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
   Petit St Vincent. Les Clos Lyzieres, Saumur, Loire Valley 2011  $$50
Cabernet Sauvignon
   Arnot-Roberts.  Fellom Ranch Vy, Santa Cruz Mountains 2012  $90
   Cain 5. Spring Mountain, Napa Valley 2009  $200
   Carmelo Patti.  Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, ARG 2006  $70
   Ch. Ségur de Cabanac. St. Estephe, Bordeaux, FR 2009 $100
   Continuum. Napa Valley 2013  $275
   Favia.  Napa Valley 2007  $250
   Gramercy Cellars ‘Lower East’ Columbia Valley, Washington 2011  $60
   La Fenêtre ‘Tête Brûlée’ Mount Veeder, Napa Valley 2007 $80
   Mt. Eden Vineyards. Santa Cruz Mountains 2010 (magnum)  $160
   Riverain. Tench Vy, Oakville, Napa 2012  $140
Cinsault, Scholium Project ‘1MN’ Bechtold Ranch Vyd, Lodi 2014  $55
Fumin, Institut Agricole Regional.  Vallee D’Aoste DOC, Itay 2010  $75
   David Beaupere ‘La Croix de la Bottiere’ St Julienas, Beaujolais 2014  $50
   Herve Souhaut ‘Les Souteronne’ Rhone Valley VdF 2014  $60
   Jean-Paul Thevenet.  Morgon, Beaujolais, FR 2014  $60
   Jolie-Laide, Barsotti Vyd, El Dorado County, CA 2015  $55
   Marcel Lapierre ‘Cuvée MMIV”  Morgon, France 2014  $75
   RPM Wines. El Dorado County, CA 2013  $60
Gamay/ Pinot Noir. Domaine Chevillon. Passetoutgrain, Burgundy 2012  $55
Grenache and blends
   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
   Jolie-Laide ‘Love’ Provisor Vyd-Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma 2013  $75
   Jolie-Laide.  Rossi Ranch Vyd, Sonoma County 2012  $70
Merlot, Korbin Kameron.  Sonoma, CA 2009  $45
Mondeuse, Prieuré Saint Christophe. Savioe, FR 2007 $70
Mourvedre, Dirty & Rowdy ‘Familiar’ California 2013  $55
   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. Baker Ranch Vyd, Anderson Valley 2013 $100
   Camille Giroud.  Cote de Beaune-Villages, Burgundy 2008  $50
   Contant-Grangé.  Premier Cru Les Clos de Loyeres, Maranges, Burgundy 2012  $60
   Ceritas. Elliot Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2013  $120
   Daniel Largeot.  Les Beaumonts, Chorey-les-Beaune, Burgundy 2011  $50
   Domaine de Chérisey. La Genolotte Monopole, Blagny Rouge 1er Cru, Mersault 2011 $100
   Fürst, grosse gewächs.  Centgrafenberg, Franken, Germany 2013  $200
   Gros Frere & Soeur.  Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Burgundy 2012  $70
   Gros Ventre.  Campbell Ranch Vy, Sonoma Coast 2012  $85
   Koehler-Ruprecht, spätburgunder.  Pfalz, Germany 2010   $35
   Louis Chenu ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Savigny-Les-Beaune, Burgundy 2009  $60
   Lutum. Durell Vy, Sonoma Coast 2013  $100
   Meyer-Näkel ‘Blauschiefer’ Ahr, Germany 2013   $105
   Moillard. Les Beau Monts 1er, Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy 2009  $150
   Philippe Pacalet. Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Burgundy 2011  $200
   Philippe Pacalet. Gevery-Chambertin, Burgundy 2012  $150
   Whitcraft Winery.  Melville Vyd, Santa Rita Hills, SBC 2014  $90
Pinot Noir/Poulsard/Trousseau. Caves Jean Bourdy. Cotes du Jura, France 2009  $50
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
   Domaine Durand ‘Lautaret’  Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhone, FR 2009  $60
   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
   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
Vernaccia Rossa di Pergola, Claudio Morelli ‘Suffragium’ Marche IGT 2011  $45
   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 $65 375mL
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
Sauternes, Ch. Roumieu-Lacoste.  Sauternes, FR 2013  $16 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.