Eno Wine Bar is a small chain of wine rooms, two of which are in the Bay Area. They serve what they call “the eno trio” – wine, cheese, and chocolate.
My husband and I were scouting dinner places when we were shopping at Union Square and found this wine bar just up the street from Macy’s.
I really like the atmosphere – it has a sleek and modern yet cozy feel. The walls are lined with wine bottles, they have a set of couches as a seating option, and the benches that line the wall have comfy pillows scattered around to sit on. It wasn’t overly packed like bars could get in SF, so we could easily hear ourselves in conversation and enjoy our food and drink comfortably.
As for the food, we ordered a flatbread, a cheese plate, and two wine flights to share. The coppa flatbread was topped with caramelized herb onions, capicola (an Italian pork cold cut), and aged gouda cheese. I loved the crispness of the flatbread, which provided great satisfaction with each bite. The cheese was melted so well that it was like eating a thin crust pizza. The combination of flavors worked very well too, though it was a little salty for my tastes. (To be fair, my tolerance for salt is fairly low.)
Our cheese platter was the Reserve flight, which included Humboldt Fog, Central Coast Goat, and Truffled Sheep Pecorino. Each cheese had its own distinct flavors. The Humboldt Fog had the soft texture of Brie with hints of a blue cheese aftertaste. The Central Coast Goat was the hardest one of the three. The Truffled Sheep Pecorino was my favorite – the texture was soft and creamy, and the truffle flavor was strong, which I like.
The menu recommended that this cheese platter should be paired with the Syrah wine flight, so we got one of those. The Syrah wine flight included half glasses of these wines:
- 2012 Coursodon Rouge Silice – Saint Joseph, France
- 2006 Yarra Yering, Shiraz – Yarra Valley, Australia
- 2012 Piedrasassi Syrah – Santa Barbara, California
I’m no wine connoisseur, and it’s taken me a while to even like red wine let alone distinguish much between them, but my husband likes Syrah. I find it fascinating to try different variations of the same type of wine side to side because it’s amazing how different the tastes can be even though they’re the same type. My favorite of the three was the French wine because it had the fruitiest flavor.
I’m more of a white wine person, so we also ordered a white wine sampler, which included:
- 2014 Muller-Grossman Riesling – Kremstal, Austria
- 2013 Cembra Meuller-Thurgau – Alto Adige, Italy
- 2013 Sassabraglia Timorasso – Piedmont, Italy
I really enjoyed the Riesling — it wasn’t overly sweet like other dessert wines. In fact, the sweetness came as an aftertaste, so it was very easy to drink. As for the Meuller-Thurgau, the menu uses the word “funk-i-licious” to describe it, and that’s probably the best way to describe this wine. The smell was strong, and not in a pleasant way (unless you enjoy the smell of rotten cheese or cat pee, which is what it reminded us of). The taste itself was a bit sour like grapefruit. I’m personally not a grapefruit fan so this wine is not for me, but my husband thought it tasted fine.
The quantity of food was just right for us — I definitely felt full afterwards but not overstuffed. In fact, there was just enough room for dessert, so we went for the dark chocolate truffle sampler. The sampler included dark chocolates from Ecuador, Venezuela, and Madagascar. The one from Ecuador was my favorite – oh so dark and smooth and delicious. The Venezuelan chocolate felt closer to a milk chocolate due to its sweetness, which my husband loved. They have a few different types of chocolate flights, which I’m curious to try – so I’ll have to report about those another time.
Eno Wine Bar
320 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102