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Paul Einbund

The Best Wine Shops, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

Now that the holiday season has come to a close, it’s time to replenish the wine cellar. Here is a short list of some of my personal favorites. Shop at any of these and you will not be disappointed. They all have good selections of fairly priced, interesting wines. 

How to Buy Wine: Some Purchasing Tips

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

It’s time to replenish your wine cellars after all the holiday parties.  Here are some tips on how to have the most successful purchasing trips.

1. Go Local.  There are good wine shops located in almost every neighborhood in San Francisco.  Find one near you with a friendly, and knowledgeable staff, and follow the steps below.

A Practical Guide to New Year's Bubbles: How to Chill It, Open It and Serve It

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

Was that a gunshot or someone opening a bottle of sparkling wine?  Before the clock strikes midnight, there are a few things you should know about serving the bubbles.

1. Temperature matters

If the wine is too warm, it’s going to explode all over everything.  Fun, but you wont have much left to drink.  If the wine is too cold, then you wont taste it.  Sparkling wine should be served a little colder then most white wine - let’s call it 55 degrees. 

The New House Wine: More Swagger Than Swill

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

Thanksgiving? How (And What) To Drink All Day Long

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

How could you not love a holiday that is based around dinner?  Here are some of my ideas on what to drink—and what to avoid. 

A Nip in the Air? Bring on the Madeira

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

Americans have historically been the largest market for Madeira wines in the world. Now most of us only know the stuff as cooking wine. All this is a’changing!

Drink It Up: The Thrifty White Burgundy Alternative

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

Natural Wine, Yes. But Not Too Natural.

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday.

The hippest trend in wine these days is to be associated with the natural wine movement. I love it! Go green, baby, in every way that you can.

But part of the honor of using that term now requires low to no sulfur dioxide additions to your wine. You know sulfur dioxide—that thing that causes all those headaches out there, the one that can cause a nose bleed or at least hurt a little if used with too heavy a hand?

Paul's Picks: 5 Ways to Get the Wine You Want

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

While I believe that talking to a sommelier is becoming less intimidating, I still also know that most guests could use a little help getting the most out of their ordering experience. Here are my tips.

Paul's Picks: Five NZ Wines to Drink in SF

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

I was recently in Denver for an immersion class in the wines of New Zealand. The wineries had initially gotten together to send a group of sommeliers to New Zealand for the weekend, but when that didn't work out, they decided to bring New Zealand to us—in Denver! The obvious choice. What I learned on this trip is that the people are great, the food and music are fun and that the wines can be very good but still have a long way to go. Kiwi invasion you ask? Don't trade in your Burgundies just yet, but the winemakers of New Zealand are working hard to make some good stuff. 

Here are the wines that I think are great right now.

Kumeu River Chardonnay 2007 ($20) is one of the first great wines from New Zealand.  This wine is like white Burgundy but softer and ready to drink on release.

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