Marin County, California Pinot Noir
Marin County is shorthand for two things: high real estate prices (the average home costs $1.2 million) and scenic hiking trails (in Muir Woods and at Point Reyes). But there may soon be a third: Pinot Noir. There are currently some 125 acres of grapevines planted in this posh suburb of San Francisco, with Pinot Noir showing particular promise. Marin producers currently turning out noteworthy wines include Pey-Marin, which also makes an excellent Riesling, and Stubbs Vineyard, whose 2004 Marin Pinot Noir may not seem like a bargain at nearly $40 a bottle—until you consider how many houses could have been built on the land where those grapes were grown.
Healthy Fast Food, San Francisco-Style
Sellers Markets in San Francisco are a combination of restaurant and take-out shop, offering freshly prepared dishes like Dungeness crab melts, breakfast pizzas and barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches made with artisanal ingredients from local producers like Niman Ranch, Boulangerie Bay Bread, Cowgirl Creamery and Equator Estate Coffees & Teas. The company recently opened its second location; both branches are located near the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. By 2010, the owners plan to have 15 venues throughout the Bay Area (388 Market St., San Francisco; 415-956-3825; 595 Market St., San Francisco; 415-227-9850; sellersmarkets.com).
A Taco from Oyamel
Star Chef José Andrés’s authentic Mexican street food moves from Crystal City, Virginia, to downtown Washington, DC, in late January. At Oyamel, tacos, handmade tortillas and chilaquiles will be served in the Adamstein & Demetriou–designed space (401 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC; oyamel.com).