Best Wine Tastings: Sip Syrah without feeling like a wine snob
Solano Cellars Wine Shop and Wine Bar
Solano Cellars Wine Shop and Wine Bar 1580 Solano Ave., Albany, 510-525-9463 SolanoCellars.com
Travel through another country in good company without leaving your barstool! It's easy to do any evening at Solano Cellars, the crème de la crèmeof East Bay wine stores with a tasting bar in the back, offering delicious light supper and snacks to go with your vino. But if you make it on a Wednesday, you'll probably catch Drea behind the bar, and the most down-to-earth conversation about wines can be had for the price of a question or two. The Red Flight and White Flight offer an affordable way to sample four wines of a similar type or from a similar region, depending on the focus of a particular evening's Flight. You may be touring Australia via Shiraz one night, and Spain via Garnacha the next. And you will want to come back the next night -- even if only for the famous Gruyère cheese puffs! Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter, and you'll be up on all the special events at the bar (perhaps a visiting vintner, or a special farmers' market dinner menu), as well as all the new arrivals and special deals in the shop.