Check, Please! Bay Area Season 11 episode 15 airs Thursday, October 13 at 7:30pm on KQED 9. See other television airtimes. And never miss an episode by subscribing to the video podcast.

There’s an Asian twist to the Cal-Ital dishes at our first stop, Jason’s Restaurant in Greenbrae. Then, it’s all about locally-sourced, responsibly-raised meat in Oakland at Clove & Hoof Butchery and Restaurant. Finally, a spacious eatery serving steaming dim sum at lunch and sizzling hot pot at dinner, in San Francisco at Dragon Beaux.

Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests having fun on the set of the episode 15 of season 11.
Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests having fun on the set of the episode 15 of season 11. (Wendy Goodfriend)

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Host Leslie Sbrocco tasting wine.
Host Leslie Sbrocco tasting wine. (Wendy Goodfriend)

My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine, beer, and spirits the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine tips with each episode. This week I discuss: Sparkling Wines

2015 Trinchero “Mary’s Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California $24
This single-vineyard sauvignon shows the heights the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety can reach in California. More on the melon and tropical fruit scale than citrus/herbal side, it sports a deep minerality that intrigues. Its complexity will appeal to SB fans, while the lack of overt green notes will appeal to Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio drinkers looking to enjoy a great bottle of white. Pair alongside steamed fish in lemon beurre blanc sauce served over jasmine rice.

2015 McEvoy Ranch “Rosebud” Rosé, Carneros, California $22
McEvoy is one of the most beautiful spots to visit in northern California (and I’ve been to a lot of places). Located in the rolling hills of Petaluma, the ranch is blanketed with olive trees. McEvoy Ranch is primarily known for its award-winning olive oil and beauty products made from olive oil, but wine is the newest addition to their roster. This crisp, dry-styled pink is a blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir and will please Rosé drinkers looking to expand beyond French versions. It’s a wine to sip all year long and will make an ideal partner for the Thanksgiving table.

2011 McEvoy Ranch “Red Piano” blend, North Coast, California $35
The McEvoy family has a history as pioneers. Nan McEvoy’s grandfather started the San Francisco Chronicle in 1865 and she was Chairwoman of the paper until her retirement in 1995. She then took on the project of planting 1,000 Tuscan olive tree seedlings in the Petaluma hills and creating McEvoy ranch. Her son Nion is now at the helm, and with the wine project, is continuing the family’s innovative spirit. There is a red piano at the property showcasing the family’s love of music so it makes sense that this succulent, juicy Red Piano is an eclectic blend of grapes like Syrah, Montepulciano, and Refosco. To me, it reflects the heart and soul of McEvoy – unique and stylish but with a nod to the fun of life.

Wines that guests drank on the set of the fifteenth episode of season 11.
Wines that guests drank on the set of the fifteenth episode of season 11. (Wendy Goodfriend)

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