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
Tokaji Furmint, Kirayudvar.  Tokaji, Hungary 2012  $15/$40
CARAFE (250ml) $14 / $35 Bottle
Sivi Pinot, Krauthaker.  Kutjevo, Croatia 2013
Sauvignon Blanc, Lieu Dit.  Santa Ynez Valley 2013
Rosé,  Dragonette Cellars.  Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2014
Sparkling, Quinta das Bageiras ‘Bruto Natural’ Bairrada, Portugal 2012
Gamay, Jean-Paul Brun ‘L’Ancien’ Beaujolais, FR 2013
Red Blend, Harrington Wines ‘Secateur’ California 2013
Right Bank, Chateau Canteloup.  Cote de Blaye, Bordeaux 2000
Syrah, Domaine Louis Clerc.  Northern Rhone Valley 2012
Syrah, Saxon Brown.  Owl Box Block, Parmelee-Hill Vy, Sonoma Coast 2008
Zinfandel, Carol Shelton ‘Monga Zin’ Lopez Vy, Cucamonga Valley, CA 2012
CARAFE (250ml) $18 / $50 bottle
Chardonnay, Domaine Costal.  Chablis, FR 2012
Marsanne/ Roussanne, Vesper Vineyards.  Highland Hills Vy, Romona Valley, San Diego 2012
Riesling, Parr Wines ‘Trocken’ Santa Barbara County 2013
Cabernet Franc, Oro en Paz.  La Colina Vy, Lake County, CA 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chappellet ‘Mountain Cuvee’ Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley 2012
Pinot Noir, Soliste ‘Narcisse’ Sonoma Coast 2012


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.