"The San Francisco Wine Club has the best deals in town, making it
by far our readers' most popular Bay Area store.. a bunch of
crazy 'wine heads' on the staff make it a wonderful resource."
Thus spoke over 1000 readers of the highly-respected "Wine and
Spirits" magazine, and I agree with their appraisal. Founder Ron
Loutherback is a hands-on owner, charming and smart. He has two
Bay Area stores plus one in the L.A. area. Do they do a good
job? Sales rose from $24 million in 1995 to $27 million in
1996. Case closed.
Downtown San Francisco (plenty of parking)
Phone—(415)512-9086 Or (800)966-5432
Santa Clara Store
1200 Coleman Ave.
Phone—(408)567-0900 or (800)678-5044
Postscript: About those "crazy wine heads' on the staff, I can
vouch for their enthusiasm & knowledge, since several are graduates
of my wine courses. They know both the imports and the domestics.
PPS: What are some of the Club's (there's NO membership fee!)
best selling wines? California Cab—Arrowood, Chardonnay -
Chateau St. Jean, Bordeaux—Chateau Meyney, Champagne—Roederer,
California Pinot Noir—David Bruce, Merlot—Stonestreet,
Zinfandel—Ravenswood and Sauvignon Blanc—Clos Du Bois.