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Food & Drink

Master Soms Pick the Best Summer Wines

Raise your glass

best wines for summer!

Let us raise a glass to the approach of our (month-long) version of summer. Since time is of the essence, we found a sommelier-approved wine for every day — and dinner — of the week.

Monday (salad, charcuterie, and fresh fruit)
What:
Trefethen riesling, Napa Valley, $16-$18.
Who likes it: Emily Wines, director of wines, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and Fifth Floor Restaurant.
Why: “Mouthwatering acidity keeps it refreshing, and a low alcohol content means you can drink it all afternoon.”
Where: K&L Wine Merchants, 638 4th St., at Brannan St. (415-896-1734).

Tuesday (grilled salmon)
What:
Knez pinot noir, Anderson Valley, California, 2010, $30.
Who likes it:
Yoon Ha, dining room and beverage director, Benu.
Why:
“Flavors of intensely perfumed black and red berries, whisper of baking spices, dark flowers, with woodsy undertones.”
Where:
William Cross Wine Merchants, 2253 Polk St., at Green St. (415-346-1314).

Wednesday (garlic shrimp takeout)
What:
Pazo Señorans Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain, 2010, $20.
Who likes it:
Desmond Echavarrie, sommelier, The French Laundry.
Why:
“Tart apple, crisp pear, and green pineapple with orange blossom flavors. This wine is medium bodied and dry with bright acidity and no new oak.”
Where:
K&L Wine Merchants, 638 4th St., at Brannan St. (415-896-1734).

Thursday (BYO bistro)
What: Cep Hopkins Ranch sauvignon blanc, Russian River Valley, $22.
Who likes it:
Emily Wines.
Why: “Nuances of grapefruit and lemon are matched with lush guava and passion fruit flavors. Clean and fresh and quite dry.”
Where: K&L Wine Merchants, 638 4th St., at Brannan St. (415-896-1734).

Friday (oysters and crab)
What:
Kesner chardonnay, Rock Break Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, 2010, $59.
Who likes it: Yoon Ha.
Why: “The best representation of a California chardonnay I’ve tasted this year.”
Where: Golden Gate Wine Cellars, 2337 Ocean Ave., at Santa Ana Ave. (415-337-4083).

Saturday (backyard barbecue)
What:
Hirsch Vineyards pinot noir, San Andreas, 2009, $60.
Who likes it:
Desmond Echavarrie.
Why:
“Opulent and fruit-driven with baking spice aromas and volcanic earth.”
Where:
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Bldg., shop 23 (415-391-9400).

Sunday (Saturday leftovers)
What:
Bodegas Paso Robles, Solea, California, 2005, $25.
Who likes it:
Yoon Ha.
Why: “If you like red Rioja, this is the most authentic Rioja-inspired wine I have tasted to date. It’s aged for three years in cask before bottling.”
Where:
Golden Gate Wine Cellars, 2337 Ocean Ave., at Santa Ana Ave. (415-337-4083).

Photo: Heidi Coppock-Beard / Getty Images

LOCATIONS
William Cross Wine Merchants
2253 Polk St
@ Green St
San Francisco, CA 94109
K&L Wine Merchants
638 4th St
@ Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Golden Gate Wine Cellars
2337 Ocean Ave
@ Santa Ana Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127
1 Ferry Bldg
@ The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-983-8030
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