Eat Local; Drink European

Link: The Pour – Eat Local; Drink European – NYTimes.com

A surprising number of Bay Area restaurants, including many dedicated to cooking with local ingredients, offer wine lists dominated by European bottles. What gives? Is this hypocrisy pure and simple?

“We recognize that it’s a tricky thing, and it’s a little hypocritical, but we also recognize there’s a certain style and authenticity that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Chris Deegan, the wine director at Nopa, a popular restaurant north of the Golden Gate panhandle. Nopa’s Web site declares, “We serve simple food created with seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors,” but its wine list is overwhelmingly European.

The message of this piece would seem to be, “YOU STUPID PROVINCIAL CALIFORNIA HIPPIES CLEARLY CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO FOLLOW YOUR OWN STUPID RULES ABOUT SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS EATING.”

Also, carpetbagger reporter du jour, what is this “Golden Gate Panhandle” you speak of? Could you be referring to the Golden Gate Park panhandle?