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 2/4/16 all glass pours are 250ml carafe


WINE of the WEEK
Domaine Gramenon ‘Poignee du Raisins’ Cote-du-Rhone, FR 2014
Chardonnay, Last Light Wine Co.  Spanish Springs Vyd. San Luis Obispo 2014
Marsanne, Domaine Laurent Hebrard.  Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone Valley, FR 2012
Riesling, Kruger-Rumpf.  Nahe, Germany 2008
Rosé, Donkey & Goat ‘Isabel’s Cuvee’ Gibson Ranch Vyd, Mendocino 2015
Sauvignon Blanc, Lieu Dit.  Santa Ynez Valley 2014
Silvaner, Rainer Sauer.  Escherndorf, Franken, Germany 2014
Sparkling, Catherine & Pierre Breton ‘Le Dilettante’ Vouvray, Loire Valley, FR NV
Cabernet Franc, Olga Raffault ‘Les Picasses’ Chinon, Loire Valley, FR 2001
Cabernet Sauvignon, Ehlers Estate. St. Helena, Napa Valley 2012
Carignan, Vignoble Réveille ‘Franc Tireur’ Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon, FR 2013
Dolcetto, Roagna. Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2013
Montepulciano/Aglianico, Casa Contini.  Biferno Reserva DOC 2009
Pinot Noir, Soliste ‘Narcisse’ Sonoma Coast 2013
Spatburgunder, Koehler-Ruprecht.  Kallstadt, Pfalz, Germany 2010
Syrah, Whitcraft.  My Friend Matt’s Vyd aka Clover Creek, Santa Ynez Valley 2013
Tempranillo, R. Lopez de Heredia ‘Vino Cubillo’ Rioja, ESP 2007
   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
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
   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
   Lutum.  Gap’s Crown Vyd, Sonoma Coast 2013  $95
   Maison 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
   Philippe Pacalet.  Puligny-Montrachet, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy 2011  $165
   Rhys. Horseshoe Vyd, Santa Cruz Mountains 2012  $175
   Sandhi.  Sanford & Benedict Vyd, Santa Barbara County 2012  $90
Chenin Blanc
   M & S Bouchet. Saumur, Loire Valley 2012  $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
   Schloss Gobelsburg ‘Tradition’ Kamptal, Austria 2012  $90
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
   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
   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
Touriga Nacional, Arnot-Roberts.  Luchsinger Vy, Clear Lake, CA 2014  $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
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
   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
   Ch. Ségur de Cabanac. St. Estephe, Bordeaux, FR 2009 $100
   Ehlers Estate ‘120/80’  St. Helena, Napa Valley 2012 $50
   Favia.  Napa Valley 2007  $250
   Gramercy Cellars ‘Lower East’ Columbia Valley, Washington 2011  $60
   Mt. Eden Vineyards. Santa Cruz Mountains 2010 (magnum)  $160
   Riverain. Tench Vy, Oakville, Napa 2012  $140
Dolcetto, Roagna.  Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2013  $35
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
   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
   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
   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. Baker Ranch Vyd, Anderson Valley 2013 $100
   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
   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
   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
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-Joesph, 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
   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
   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
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.