Drinking wine is an activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and 2 feet taller than they actually are. Bask in the power of belief with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get an Eastern European wine tasting for two at Bistro SF Grill (a $30 value).
Bistro SF Grill’s Eastern European sampling menu includes wines from Bosnia, Slovenia, and Croatia, which are shaped by Mediterranean, Alpine, and Continental climates that coexist as harmoniously as a choir of Brady Bunch siblings. White elixirs from Croatia and Slovenia treat tongues to light and nuanced flavors including a 2009 grasevina from Daruvar Winery, which is similar to a smooth riesling, and the Slovenian jerenincan 2009 from Crnko Winery, which expertly melds riesling, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc grapes into a series of refreshing sips. Drink swishers can also taste reds such as Dingac Winery’s dingac from 2006 and the peljesac from 2009 made from the plavac mali grape. Meanwhile, Bibich Winery blends three native grapes–the bibich, plavina, and lasin varietals–into their 2008 R6 bottle to enhance pleasantries (your dining companion, your meal, your hand-cobbled variegated corn-ear loafers) while sentencing all your worries to a time-out in the corner.
Swilling patrons can complement their wines with selections from Bistro SF Grill’s delectable menu, stuffed with creative burgers trapped between organic multigrain or kaiser bread. And after tasting their selection of chicken, turkey, and vegan burgers, refreshing salads, and sandwiches, tone-deaf taste buds may find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
Bistro SF Grill
In Bistro SF Grill, glasses brimming with Slavic wines clink in toasts, launching their cool song against carmine walls punctuated by vivid paintings. Patrons slide into booths or seats to browse a menu dominated by inventive, sustainable, organic burgers trapped between organic multigrain or kaiser bread. Patties crafted from Johansing Farms' grass-fed and free-range beef parade alongside a construction named for Iggy Pop, which captures the fiery personality of the rock icon with roasted red peppers atop organic grass-fed buffalo from Wyoming. Chicken, turkey, and vegan burgers proffer beefless options, and the bistro's wine menu highlights Eastern European varieties, including wines from Slovenia and Croatia, which patrons may sip at the bar while holding staring contests with a dazzling mosaic-ringed mirror. The terroir of each elixir is shaped by Mediterranean, Alpine, and Continental climates that flock to the region's feuding meteorologists.
Lower Pacific Heights
2819 California Street
San Francisco, California 94115