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 4/4/15


WINE of the WEEK
Gewurztraminer, Tercero Wines ‘The Outlier’ Santa Barbara County 2013  $14/$35
CARAFE (250ml) $14 / $35 Bottle
Picpoul Blanc, Skinner Vineyards.  Eldorado County, Sierra Foothills, CA 2013
Sauvignon Blanc, Roger Neveu.  Clos des Bouffants, Sancerre, Loire Valley, FR 2013
Rosé,  Dragonette Cellars.  Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2014
Sparkling, Quinta das Bageiras ‘Bruto Natural’ Bairrada, Portugal 2012
Bordeaux Blend, Cru Monplaisir.  Bordeaux Superieur 2012
Malbec, Juan Benegas. La Encerrada Vy, Mendoza, ARG 2013
Sherry, Valdespino ‘Inocente’ Fino.  Marchanudo Vy, Jerez, ESP NV (3 oz.)
Syrah, Saxon Brown.  Owl Box Block, Parmelee-Hill Vy, Sonoma Coast 2008
Zinfandel, Ledge Vineyards ‘California Soul’ Paso Robles 2012
CARAFE (250ml) $18 / $50 bottle
Chardonnay, Iconic Wines ‘Heroine” Sonoma Coast, CA 2013
Marsanne/ Roussanne, Vesper Vineyards.  Highland Hills Vy, Romona Valley, San Diego 2012
Riesling, Element Winery.  Finger Lakes, New York 2010
Cabernet Franc, Oro en Paz.  La Colina Vy, Lake County, CA 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon, Ehlers Estate. St. Helena, Napa Valley 2012
Pinot Noir, Soliste ‘Narcisse’ Sonoma Coast 2012
   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 d’Alsace, Clement Klur. Alsace, FR NV  $40
Cremant du Jura, Tissot. Extra Brut.  Jura, France  $45
Cremant du Jura, Rosé, Caves Jean Bourdy.  Jura, FR NV $45
Methode Traditionelle, Brut, Franck Breton.  Montlouis, Loire Valley, FR NV $40
Quinta das Bageiras, Bruto Natural.  Bairrada, Portugal 2012  $35
Pet Nat
   Chardonnay, Donkey & Goat ‘Lily’s Sparkling’  Cozlman Vy, Anderson Valley, Mendocino 2014   $55
   Riesling, J.Brix ‘Coloborum’ Kick On Ranch Vy, Santa Barbara County 2014  $40
Ultramarine, Heintz Vy, Sonoma Coast Blanc de Blanc 2010  $75
Ultramarine, Heintz Vy, Sonoma Coast Rosé 2010  $75
Blend, Scholium Project ‘Midan Al-Tahrir’ California 2009 $45
   Chanin. Los Alamos Vy, Santa Barbara 2012  $70
   Domaine Costal ‘Les Truffières’ Chablis 2012  $50
   Domaine Rolet. Arbois, Jura 2005   $30
   Liquid Farm ‘White Hill’  Santa Rita Hills 2012  $60
   Lutum.  Gap’s Crown Vy, Sonoma Coast 2013  $95
   Masion Morey Coffinet.  Saint Romain, Burgundy, FR 2013  $75
   Matthiasson.  Michael Mara Vy, Sonoma Coast 2011 $70
   Mt. Eden Vineyards.  Santa Cruz Mountains, CA 2010   $60
   Pierre Morey.  Burgundy, FR 2011  $65
   Sandhi.  Sanford & Benedict Vy, Santa Barbara County 2012  $90
   Talley. Oliver’s Vy, Edna Valley, Central Coast 2012  $70
Chenin Blanc
   Habit.  Jurassic Park Vineyard, Santa Barbara 2013  $45
   M & S Bouchet. Saumur, Loire Valley 2012  $45
   Michel Autran ‘Les Enfers Tranquilles’ Vouvray, Loire Valley, FR 2013  $45
Pinot Gris
   Jolie-Laide.  Windsor Oaks Vy, Chalk Hill, Sonoma 2013  $55
   Jolie-Laide. Rorick Heritage Vy, Calaveras County 2014  $55
   Carl Schmitt-Wagner, auslese. Longuicher Maximiner Herenberg-MSR 2003 $40
   Dunham Cellars.  Lewis Estate Vy, Columbia Valley, Washington 2013  $35
   Element.  Finger Lakes, New York 2010  $35
   JJ Christoffel, spätlese.  Ürziger Würzgarten, Mosel 2009  $60
   Parr Wines ‘Trocken’ Santa Barbara County 2013  $50
   Willi Schaefer, spätlese.. Graacher Dromprost #10, Mosel 2011  $70
Rousanne/ Marsanne, Vesper Vineyards ‘Alcala’  Highland Hills Vy, 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 Vineyard-Carneros 2010  $65
   Favia ‘Suize’  Shake Ridge Ranch Vy, Amador County, Ca 2012  $90
   Francois Villard ‘Les Contours de Donponcins’ VdF 2013  $50
Barbera/Groppello/Sangiovese/Marzemino, San Giovanni ‘il Chiaretto’  Valtènesi, Lombardy, IT 2014  $35
Cabernet Franc, Jourdan & Pichard.  Chinon, Loire Valley, FR 2014 $35
Grenache Gris, Donkey & Goat ‘Isabel’s Cuvée’ Gibson Ranch Vy, Mendocino County $45
GSM, Matthiasson. California 2014  $45
Syrah/Pinot Noir, Eric Kent.  Sonoma County 2014  $35
Touriga Nacional, Arnot-Roberts.  Luchsinger Vy, Clear Lake, CA 2014  $45
Trousseau Gris, Jolie-Laide. Fanucchi Road Vy, Russian River Valley, Somona 2014 $55
Aglianico del Vulture, Elena Fucci ‘Titolo’ Barile, Basilicata, IT 2008  $90
   Bedrock Wine Co.  The Bedrock Heritage Vy, Sonoma Valley 2013  $85
   Maravalle ‘Phi’ Umbria IGT, IT 2009  $80
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
   Catherine & Pierre Breton ‘Trinch’  Val de Loire 2013  $35
   Domaine 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 2006  $50
   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
   Ehlers Estate ‘120/80′  St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA 2012  $50
   Favia.  Napa Valley 2007  $250
   Gramercy Cellars ‘Lower East’ Columbia Valley, Washington 2011  $60
   Kenefick Ranch ‘Chris’ Cuvee’ Calistoga, Napa Valley 2009 $90
   Mt. Eden Vineyards. Santa Cruz Mountains 2010 1.5L  $160
   Neyers Vineyards ‘AME’ Napa Valley 2011  $85
   Priest Ranch ‘Coachgun Red’ Somerston Estate, Napa Valley 2009  $90
   Riverain. Tench Vy, Oakville, Napa 2012  $140
Cinsault. Birichino ‘Vignes Centenaires’ Bechthold Vy, Mokelumne River, Lodi 2012  $40
Frappato, Occhipinti. Sicilia IGT, Italy 2011 $70
Fumin, Institut Agricole Regional.  Vallee D’Aoste DOC, Itay 2010  $75
   Bow and Arrow.  Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011  $40
   Marcel Lapierre ‘Cuvée MMXI”  Morgon, France 2011  $75
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 ‘La Pialade’  Cote du Rhone 2009  $80
   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 Vy, Amador County 2011  $90
   J. Brix ‘La Libresca’  Santa Barbara Highlands Vy, SBC 2013  $50
   Jolie-Laide ‘Love’ Provisor Vy-Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma 2013  $75
   Jolie-Laide.  Rossi Ranch Vy, 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 St. Christophe. Savioe, FR 2007 $70
Mourvedre, Dirty & Rowdy ‘Familiar’ California 2013  $55
Nebbiolo, Cascina Adelaide. Cannubi, Barolo, Piedmont 2007  $120
Pinot Noir
   Anthill Farms. Demuth Vy, Anderson Valley 2010 $70
   Anthill Farms.  Sonoma Coast 2012  $55
   Camille Giroud.  Cote de Beaune-Villages, Burgundy 2008  $50
   Chanin.  Bien Nacido Vy, Santa Maria Valley 2012  $85
   Clos Pepe Estate.  Sta. Rita Hills, CA 2012  $90
   Dom. A.F. Gros.  Chambolle Musigny, Cotes de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2012  $170
   Dom. Gros Frere & Soeur.  Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2012  $70
   Dom. Laleure-Piot. Corton Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, FR 2008  $120
   Dom. Laleure-Piot. Pernand-Vergelesses 1er, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2009  $70
   Dom. Mazilly Pere et Fils “Vielles Vignes.” Gevrey-Chambertin,  Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2009  $80
   Dom. Moillard. Les Beau Monts 1er, Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, FR 2009  $150
   Gros Ventre.  Campbell Ranch Vy, Sonoma Coast 2012  $85
   Koehler-Ruprecht, spätburgunder trocken.  Pfalz, Germany 2010   $35
   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
   Neyers Vineyards.  Placida Vy, Russian River Valley, Sonoma 2012  $80
   Pisoni.  Pisoni Vy, Monterey County 2012  $120
   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, Montesecondo.  IGT Toscana 2013   $40
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
Syrah and blends
   Cruse Wine Co.  Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast 2013  $45
   Domaine Durand ‘Lautaret’  Saint-Joesph, Northern Rhone, FR 2009  $60
   Donkey & Goat ‘The Recluse’ Broken Leg Vy, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, CA 2010  $70
   Donkey & Goat. Fenaughty Vy, 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 Vy, Amador County 2011  $90
   Riverain. Cardiac Hill, Bennett Valley, Sonoma 2011  $60
   Saxon Brown.  Owl Block Box, Parmelee-Hill Vy, Sonoma Coast 2008  $35
   Bodegas Altanza ‘Club Lealtanza’ Riserva. Rioja, ESP 2005  $110
   Perez Pascuas ‘Vino Pedrosa’ La Navilla, Ribera Del Duero, ESP 2010  $85
   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 Vy, Columbia Valley, OR 2013  $75
Amontillado, Gonzalez Byass ‘Del Duque VORS 30 Year’ Jerez, ESP NV 375ml  $65
Fino, Valdespino ‘Inocente’ Macharnudo Vineyard, Jerez, ESP NV  $8 gl
Banyuls, Domaine La Tour Vieille, Banyuls, FR 2013  $15 gl
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 glass
Sauternes, Ch. Roumieu-Lacoste.  Sauternes, FR 2012  375ml  $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.