Pin It
favorite

The Wine Annex 



click to enlarge 1009.wg.sns.jpg

Seems that once a good thing is found, it's too soon gone. Who knew, for example, that the Bottle Barn, Santa Rosa's bastion of cheap dead grape housed in a nondescript industrial park, also occupied coveted real estate in the high-class hamlet of Healdsburg? I'd heard of it, nosed around and never found it and gave it up as a chimera. Then one day I stumbled upon the Bottle Barn Wine Annex in its plain-as-day location between Flying Goat Coffee and Zin Restaurant.

Santa Rosa's Bottle Barn is a liquor, beer, but mostly wine warehouse where limited-production labels routinely sell for a few dollars less than suggested retail, often a whole lot less. The Healdsburg storefront would do well to scream, in bright colors unbefitting of neighborly decorum, "Absolutely the Best Prices in This Burg or Any Other—Plus, Try-Before-You-Buy tasting!"

The wine Annex offers casual, seated tasting of about 27 wines that are literally on tap via a compressed gas system. One-ounce tastes go for $1 to $3.50 each; there are also two- to five-ounce pours, and whole bottles are available. On weekends, it's a spot where folks share a bottle at tables in the front of the shop while waiting for their table at a nearby restaurant. Our man at the taps, straightforward if not brusque, is spot-on helpful in getting the right wine for the price and the purpose.

Here's Evodia, by the taste or shiny blue bottle, a go-to minty, burnt-raspberry education in Spanish old vine Garnacha ($7.99). I had a shot of Copain's Saisons des Vins "L'Hiver" Syrah, a mouthful of wet, rotting leaves and red berries mingling with mushrooms on the forest floor, finishing gentle as a fern—at $12.99 ($18 elsewhere), an excellent value.

Great prices, a smorgasbord of tasting options and a laid-back joint—what could go wrong? The shop's closing on May 2 due to lack of business. Until then, check out a good thing before it's gone.

The Wine Annex, 340 Center St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am to 7pm. 707.433.6488.







View All





Pin It
favorite

Latest in Swirl

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

More by James Knight

Boho Beat

July 22: Dine & Drive in Penngrove

July 22: Mind Your P's in Kenwood

July 22: Gourmet Field Trip in Guerneville

More »

Facebook Activity

Twitter

Read more @nbaybohemian

Copyright © 2017 Metro Newspapers. All rights reserved.

Website powered by Foundation