Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 3: Episode 9 (#309)

Check, Please! Bay Area’s third season episode 9 (#309) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:

1) Chez Maman: | restaurant information | reviews |

2) Half Moon Bay Brewing Company: | restaurant information | reviews |

3) Kirala: | restaurant information | reviews |

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Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. Also, in my “What to Sip” suggestions, I choose one restaurant from each show and offer tips for selecting libations to enjoy with your meal.

Wines of the Week: KQED Wine Club

From the KQED Wine Club come our selections poured on this week’s show. Join the club!

Wine of the Week: 2004 Yalumba Shiraz/Viognier, Barossa, Australia
Yalumba is one of Australia’s success stories. A family-owned property founded in 1849, the winery ranks among my favorites from Down Under. Their lush, dark-berry scented Shiraz is actually co-fermented with a dash of the white grape Viognier to add complexity, intensity, and elegance to the wine. Try this beauty with lamb, sausage pizza, or duck breast.

What to Sip: Kirala
If you’re not acquainted with sake — the Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice — then Kirala is the spot to learn. You can take a delicious journey through various types of sake and discover the differences with their signature sampling menu.

To make sake, rice is polished then fermented. Depending upon the polishing level of the rice, sake is separated into categories including junmai (pronounced june-mi), gingo (gin-joe), and finally, daigingo (dye-gin-joe). These correspond to the various styles and quality of sake, and all three are worth a taste test.

Kirala offers traditional carafes of sake, so you can enjoy a small amount or you can order a whole bottle. I recommend the “Intro Tasting Flight” for less than $10 to sample selections from all three categories. If you are already an aficionado and want to splurge on a whole bottle of ethereal yet sultry sake, try the Masumi “Yumedono” Daigingo for a mere $128. Serious sake.

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  • david

    Love the show, but two comments about episode #309

    Chez Mamam is a french bistro, embarrassed to hear that “diner” was even used.

    Kirala, great pronunciation because this Japanese word is really hard to pronounce and normally people mess up the pronunciation pretty bad. However, Leslie is a renown wine critic who needs to get something right. “Sake” is pronounced with an accent over the “e”, always. The American way to pronounce it means a completely different word in Japanese and means “a point” as in a needle. We are speaking about Japanese sake. As an authority, I feel Leslie needs to pronounce correctly and has the opportunity to TEACH people how to correctly pronounce.

    Thanks for listening and keep up the great shows!

  • Akemi

    Overall very happy to see Chez Maman getting great press, though I would like to keep it a nice little neighborhood dining secret! That said, hailing from Jersey, I know “Diners,” and this is in NO WAY a “Diner.” Annoyed that this was even debated.