A Guide to Wine at Que Syrah
Nine years ago, Stephanie and Keith McCardell opened Que Syrah Wine Bar on West Portal Avenue. Since it is not in the center of the city or that close to the ocean, it hasn’t been a major tourist destination but anyone who wants to taste some wine with the locals should consider paying a visit.
With selections from Australia to Portugal, Que Syrah has one of the most internationally diverse lists you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you enjoy trying esoteric wines, this is a place where you can order a bottle of Juliusspital Silvaner ($54), a mineral driven white wine from Würzburg, Germany, or Pfneiszl Kékfrankos ($32), a spicy organic red from Sopron, Hungary.
Of course there is a lot from California including a swell of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, but they’ve also selected off the beaten path wines such as the 2012 Birichino Cinsault ($42) from Lodi and 2013 Kinero Grenache Blanc “Alice,”($46) that comes from Paso Robles. You may also notice some older wines that are extremely well priced. Rainoldi’s ’04 “Inferno Riserva” Valtallina Superiore is more than worth its $52 price tag.
About 15 wines are offered by the glass that range in price from $8 - $15. Additionally, there is a weekly flight with three wines such as Portuguese reds that were available for $15. With just about 30 seats, there is a mix of traditional two tops, lounge style chairs and bar seating. It feels intimate yet spacious, with high ceilings and a skylight hovering over the bar area.
The bartenders are down to earth. They are not trying to over impress you with their wine knowledge but are enthusiastic and helpful, which helps put its customers at ease. Located just two short blocks from West Portal Station, it is easy to get to so if you are looking for a place to sip that is a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of downtown or the more commercial parts of San Francisco, Que Syrah is a great escape.
Que Syrah Wine Bar
230 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco