Continued from Beyond the Embarcadero Part I…
Upon exiting Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, we turn the corner and discover a sign that piques my interest: Sutton Cellars. Huh? They’ve got artisanal wineries in the Dogpatch too?! We walk up to a large red brick building and linger outside dough-eyed and curious, like apprehensive tourists (which we basically were). A nice lady welcomes us in and offers us wine tastings for just $5. Um…Yes please! We grab our wine glasses and are given a variety of wines to taste, all truly unique and flavorful.
Most notably, we got to try the housemade dry Vermouth, flavored with natural herbs including rosemary and wild chamomile. Dry and herbaceous, it was sharp yet finished smoothly.
The owner and artisanal winemaker, Carl, is truly passionate about his craft and is a living encyclopedia of wine knowledge. With his sarcasm and wit, he is also quite entertaining to talk to as we joked about the impending rise of the hipster population and how everyone and their mom is becoming a blogger these days (Guilty!).
Offering great wine, great ambiance, and great conversation, Sutton Cellars is definitely a hidden gem. You can even take a home a jug of the house wine, and get it refilled the next time you come back! Hmm…I’m starting to like this Dogpatch place…
It’s time to eat. We find Serpentine, which is just around the corner, where I enjoyed a delicious Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict. Resting on top of a fluffy english muffin (made in-house), it was enveloped in a silky herbed hollandaise sauce and topped with…get this…fried lemon. Genius! Crispy and tart. These fried rings of lemon definitely made this dish pop. Or maybe it was the fact that Drake’s newest album was bumpin’ on the speakers.
Cool Swag points for sure.
As we stumble our way down the main strip of the Dogpatch, with bellies full of brunchy food and still slightly intoxicated from wine tasting, we come across…yet another winery. Isn’t it an age-old Italian custom to drink wine as a digestiv after a meal? Right. In we go.
Dogpatch Wineworks is a collective where people go to become winemakers. For tasting, they offer an extensive list featuring wines that various winemakers have produced there. We met Alison and her fluffy other half/Golden Retriever, Rawley, who seduced every incoming customer into giving him a good tummy scratch. Alison poured us a few of her favorite reds and whites, ranging from Pinot Noirs to Rosés, and from Chardonnays to Pinot Grigios. Okay, the room is starting to spin at this point…but another glass of Jazz Cellars Zinfandel wouldn’t hurt….
Who knew that such a world existed beyond the Embarcadero? From gourmet ice cream to artisanal wineries, the Dogpatch is definitely a spot on the map where locals should visit more often. The next time I hop on the Muni and head beyond the Ferry building, it may not be by accident.