Sometimes Too Much IS Too Much

I love everything about Bocanova, the terrific Pan-Latin eatery on the waterfront in Oakland’s Jack London Square.  The managers are friendly, the service is attentive, the food is delicious and interesting, and the wine list, which changes constantly, is filled with reliable and offbeat labels, both Old and New World. And on those rare nights […]

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Hope Springs Eternal

The best way for restaurants to make money from their wine lists is to charge less. I know that sounds counter-intuitive, and to some restauranteurs it’s a mix of lunacy and stupidity, but it makes complete sense. If wine is more affordable, people will be more inclined to drink it. If, when new guests are seated, they […]

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