Test Out the Castro’s New Booze Boutique

For Beth Hughes, each wine invokes a memory. With the 1st sip of a white wine from Basque Country, she’s back in Madrid, where by she lived when she was a culinary student.

“That was a really pivotal issue in my everyday living, wherever I made the decision that I wanted to commit my daily life to foods and wine,” she recalled. “So I have a incredibly gentle location in my heart for Basque Region briny white wine.”

Now Hughes is bringing normal wine and specialty spirits to the Castro at Bottle Bacchanal, a boutique store she opened in January of 2022. With its lofty ceilings and earthy green partitions, the outpost is poised to grow to be a neighborhood hub.

Operator Beth Hughes’, middle, and pal Sasha Gaona, left, discuss with Roy Hage at the freshly-opened Bottle Bacchanal in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. | Don Feria for the Standard

The idea for Bottle Bacchanal started out as a quarantine daydream. She was furloughed from her position as a pastry chef when the pandemic upended in-person eating. Hoping to get again into wine, Hughes landed a deal on a storefront on 18th Road.

Focusing on femme, BIPOC and LGBTQ producers, Hughes hopes her company can support to carry up underrepresented winemakers and producers of specialty liquors. Possibly, she included, it could “inspire an individual to do a thing that possibly they would not have carried out, simply because they imagined there wasn’t a room for them, but there’s surely a house below.”

Bottle Bacchanal supports a assortment of artisanal producers, like Woman of the Sunshine, a winemaker in San Luis Obispo County, and La Gritona Reposado Tequila, the first woman-owned distillery in Mexico Metropolis. Before this thirty day period, Hughes held a tasting occasion with Barr Hill Gin, a juniper-forward spirit distilled with raw honey in Vermont.

The name of the store, which pays tribute to the euphoric revelry of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, is her try to capture that power in alliteration.

Operator Beth Hughes’ selections of organic wines and spirits adorn the partitions and cabinets of recently-opened Bottle Bacchanal in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. | Don Feria for the Common

A Connecticut native, Hughes originally moved to San Francisco to show up at culinary college. Even though she’s a cafe veteran, she faced the exact unpredicted challenges as any very first-time enterprise owner. 

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“I had no idea what I was doing,” she recalled. Just one morning, she opened the shop to discover her fridge had frozen, exploding various of the bottles in it. “But functioning in dining places for so long, I’m form of used to the chaos.”

Bottle Bacchanal shares its cabinets with varietals from Napa to New Zealand, reflecting a huge breadth of rising climates. Terroir, or the natural ecosystem in which a wine grows, is important to the flavor profile of any wine, and when requested to describe the terroir of her individual daily life, she does not wait.

“I would say hectic and seasonal, mainly because I just go with the movement. So I adapt and determine it out,” she claimed. “Maybe like a nice limestone.”


Bottle Bacchanal is located at 4126 18th St. Open up Monday 1-7pm, Tuesday-Friday 1-8pm, and Saturday/Sunday 12-7pm. Comply with them @bottlebacchanal to discover out about impending tastings and other functions.

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