Look out for the daily special by the glass, depicted on chalkboard behind the bar, or peruse the small list, which is heavy on natural wine, much of it from respected wine importers such as LDM Selections, Zev Rovine Selections, Selection Massale, Kermit Lynch, and Jenny & François. We recommend slaking your thirst with a glass of Maison P-U-R Porc Tout Gai, an easy-drinking yet mineral Gamay from the Beaujolais region.
The wine list rotates regularly and the menu changes daily—leave it in the hands of Michael or Emilia to offer a food and wine pairing suggestion or simply start with a white Burgundy in the form of Les Faverelles Bourgogne Vezelay 2010 or go for their signature lentils, lardons, and a hard-boiled egg, accompanied by a glass of Pierre Guillemot Bourgogne 2009.
The Farm on Adderley
Our suggestion by the glass at The Farm on Adderley? Definitely the Jean-Pierre Robinot “L’Opera des Vins” NV, a savory, sparking rosé made from Pineau d’Aunis (an old heirloom grape variety of the Loire Valley) or the mineral Benito Santos Albarino 2011 from Rias Baixas in Spain.
There’s a lot to choose from by the glass or you can order “shots” (essentially a tasting portion), and sample your way around the all-Italian wine list at D.O.C. On a recent balmy night we enjoyed glasses of structured rosé, including the Campi di Fonterenza "Rosa di Fonterenza" 2010 from Tuscany and the Weingut Nusserhof Lagrein Rosato 2010 from Alto Adige.
Hillside Wine Bar
To go with your briny oysters, Domaine de la Pepiere Clos des Briords Muscadet 2010—the quintessential wine to wash down mollusks and crustaceans with—is available by the glass. Also, on the small plates menu is a dish of luscious bone marrow best taken in with a glass of Damien Coquelet Chiroubles 2011.