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Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas visit Ancora in San Francisco where they kick off the review with a few highly recommended cocktails before discovering a fabulous selection of wines, and If seafood is on your mind, this is the restaurant for you. Ancora is focused on seafood and is influenced by Italy. You could even go as far as to say this restaurant pays homage to the bounty of the ocean, and the wine list has been specifically curated to work with the seafood dishes. Grant talks bubbles and whites, and a few great reds that go with seafood.

Wines reviewed include:

●  2016 Caraccioli Brut Cuvee

●  2021 Do Ferreiro from Val do Salnes in Rias Baixas

●  2021 Arnot-Roberts rose of Touriga Nacional

Transcript: Ancora


RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where, in each episode, we will review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Grant, it’s great to have you!

SH: Hi Robert! Great to be back.

RT : Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules. We created CorkRules to demystify wine lists because we know from experience, that sometimes when we get that  list handed to us, well… it can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, or value wines or that special bottle that will take your dining experience over the top.

RT: So, sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list. Today Grant and I are reviewing

Ancora SF

Ancora is a new seafood restaurant right in the middle of the Mission district brought to you by Chef Nick Anichini and Joe & Andi Conte. They focus on the freshest bounty of the ocean with an Italian lens on cooking. They offer prefix and a la carte and have a wonderful wine list to match. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer!

Let’s get right into it! Being a seafood focused place, I’m going to lean into bubbles and whites but want to take this opportunity to talk about great reds that will go with seafood as well. 

For bubbles I love the 2016 Caraccioli Brut Cuvee coming from the SLH and is a wine that bursts with bright acid, mineral flinty goodness and classic toasty aromatics that follows. Their winemaker spent time at Roderer estate in Mendo and is making very exciting domestic sparklers. 

If you want classic Champagne then I’d go for the Mark Herart BdB Extra Brut which is a style that works great with seafood but a great rose is the Burt rose from R.H Coutier which is a favorite of mine for the price. 

Next let’s talk about white wines. Right away you have to have a good muscadet on your menu if you have good seafood and here I love the 2018 Ch De Chasselas from Muscadet Sevre et Maine in the Loire which is perfect with oysters. I also love Albarino with fresh seafood so the 2021 Do Ferreiro from Val do Salnes in Rias Baixas which this sub region is closest to the ocean and has a fresh saline character to the wines which is perfect with this menu. 

Another great option is Chenin blanc to which I’d go for the 2020 Dom Aux Moines which is a producer I’ve recommended a few times on here and for good reason. A great Italian white to look to here is the 2018 Mariotti Campi, Salmarino from Castelli de Jesi Classico Riserva which is verdicchio at it’s best and is a great selection on their list. 

If you want some domestic chard then I’d go for the 2019 Radio Coteau from the Sonoma coast. They’re an awesome producer that makes great zin and syrah but their chard is killer as well and a great wine for this list. Another nice domestic wine is as always the 2021 Arnot-Roberts rose of Touriga Nacional just because it’s so crushable and food friendly. 

Moving on to reds I’d go for the 2020 Jean Claude Lapalu, Cuvee des fous from Brouilly which is bright and fresh and is a red that is soft enough to match well with the black cod on their menu as well. A great Italian alternative would be the Frappato by Paola Cali, Mandragola in Sicilia which is also a wine that’s light on its feet and is just so joyful and fun. 

For a bigger red but that still has fines and bright aromatics is the 2020 Pax Sonoma Coast Syrah. Pax is one of the best Syrah winemakers in Sonoma and his wines are always so distinct and easy to enjoy. 

Lastly, I would finish with a nice glass of Madeira and btg they have the Rare Wine Co NY Special Reserve Malmsey which is a great wine and is versatile with food as well. Rare wine co makes a few fun Madeiras named after different American cities as a nod to what was very popular with our founding fathers. 

RT: Grant, thank you so much for helping us navigate the wine list at Ancora

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