Chef Patrick Healy, in the tradition of European bistros, has made sure that bottles of local wines are included on the wine list. But among the two dozen bistro-type wines listed he's also included such eclectic European finds as a Faugeres (a bold red of the Languedoc), a Chinon (Cabernet Franc from the Loire), a Cahors (the "black wine" of the south of France) and Cassis (a crisp and delicate white wine of Provence).
Prices for these wines are fair, averaging $25 a bottle. The remainder of the list also offers some good values, though a few wines that are hard to come by are marked up to three times their cost.
Still, a wine as superb as 1991 J. Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc is just $22; 1990 Thomas Fogarty Gewurztraminer, one of the best in the state, is $18, and the bargain of the list is the stylish 1990 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling at $13.
The creative red wine list includes good Burgundies and Bordeaux along with a lot of well-regarded California wines, many from past vintages. Among the good values are 1989 Ravenswood Zinfandel, $18, and 1990 Lazy Creek Pinot Noir, $28.
Some good buys in magnum-size bottles are Domaine Chandon Brut for $45 and 1989 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay for $56.