Wine Lover's Guide

From a chic wine bar to a restaurant with a fine wine list, we've popped the cork on the best chardonnays and merlots in the East Bay.

Updated: May 07, 2004

Where to Sip


Chez Panisse Restaurant

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

The wine list features an evolving selection of international favorites with many available by the half bottle.


Cesar

1515 Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94709

Tastings from local vineyards and a lengthy list of European wines complement this trendy Spanish restaurant's tapas menu.


A Cote

5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Aficionados and newcomers come for small-plate dining and the vast offerings of French and Italian wines.


Citron

5484 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Charming Mediterranean eatery features wines from different grape-growing regions, as well as a generous by-the-glass selection.


Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant

5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Upscale Cal-Italian hot spot draws longtime grape enthusiasts with its hard-to-find Italian wines.