Acquerello Wine List
Michelin Two-Star Acquerello, opened in 1989, is one of San Francisco's most mature cellars, and one of its most charmingly old-school dining rooms. As they say on their website, “we believe that refined luxury is always in style.” Expect white table cloths, quiet jazz music, captains in sharply tailored suits and tableside preparations of elevated Italian cooking. It’s the sort of place you can take your grandmother, but also that date you’d really like to impress.
The cellar has been built painstakingly by the Paterlini family over the last 30-plus years with a focus on the wines of Italy, California, and Champagne. The programme is currently overseen by Gianpaolo Paterlini, the second generation of the family, and as the buyer over the last decade, he’s been able to put his exceptional talents to work building one of the deepest cellars in the City. The long term commitment to certain producers means that wines that have become impossibly rare and expensive in other venues are often well-represented (and with some age) on Acquerello’s list.
2 Michelin Stars