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Since reopening in its newer digs in 2016, uptown Oakland wine bar Punchdown has become even more of a wine bar staple not just for the East Bay but the entire Bay Area. Wife-and-husband team Lisa Costa and D.C. Looney keep it real with humble, laid-back service and a stellar list of organic, natural, sustainable and biodynamic wines from around the world.

THE DRINK TO DRINK: Affordable flights, hailing from California to Georgia (the country), allow you to get schooled on some of the best natural wines in the world, paired with cheese and charcuterie.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Sans pretension, the Punchdown crew takes its wines seriously, for example, serving Georgian wines in historic clay bowls or offering an online wine club and shop if you want to stock some of these bottles at home.

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1737 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94612