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10.10.2013

San Francisco Wine Bars and Wine Stores: The Map

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Looking to get your vino fix in San Francisco? Look no further. I've created a map of San Francisco wine bars and the specialty wine stores that can connect you with fabulous wine.

Google recently released a product called Maps Engine that allows anyone to create a custom map. I started playing with it, and well, one thing led to another.

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The scary thing is that this map would have had perhaps five or six pins on it a mere 10 years ago. The explosion in wine bars and wine retail stores in this city has been nothing short of remarkable. By my count we now have 54 wine bars in the city limits.

We're now at the point where it's hard to see how they all can stay in business, but as long as they are, there's never been a better time to be a wine lover in San Francisco. Want a wine bar, look for a red star on the map.

There are plenty of corner stores, grocery stores, and big-box retailers where you can pick up a bottle of wine for dinner, but why not support the smaller, independent wine stores that focus only on the fruit of the vine? You'll find these stores at the yellow boxes on the map.

What are you waiting for? Dive in! And if your favorite wine store or wine bar isn't on the map, let me know by leaving a comment.

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