Cultivar Expands With Cultivar Wine & Kitchen In Ghirardelli Square

Cultivar Wine to Open Second San Francisco F&B Location
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Cultivar Wine, known for their limited production Napa Valley and California wines, announced the grand opening of Cultivar Wine & Kitchen in the historic Ghirardelli Square on February 22, 2024. Joining Cultivar San Francisco on Chestnut Street, the second location promises a welcoming blend of their premium wines that express the best of California’s wine appellations and farm to table culinary delights. With sixty years of family history in the Napa Valley as growers, vintners, and ranchers of the land, Cultivar Wine encompasses the Caspar Estate organic vineyard, and features an orchard, olive grove, and culinary garden.

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“We’re excited to unveil our Cultivar Wine and Kitchen in Ghirardelli Square this month as an extension of the ever evolving Cultivar Wine brand, which includes our ultra-premium Caspar Estate label and Cultivar San Francisco in the Marina District,” says co-founder Gingy Harris Gable in a statement. “When our grandparents acquired property in Napa Valley in the 1960s, they never imagined that we would eventually evolve from ranchers to winemakers. Now, we continue to honor their legacy by bringing the farm to the table: through wine, food and a sense of community.” Adds co-founder Jody Harris, “We feel a connection to the land where we learned to farm and to San Francisco, where we grew up. By incorporating our history in Napa with our experiences in the city, we’re able to share the best of both worlds at Cultivar San Francisco and now at Cultivar Wine & Kitchen.”

The backdrop of Fisherman’s Wharf provides an ideal location to sip wine and savor bites with locals and visitors alike. In addition to seating for nine at the indoor tasting counter, Cultivar Wine & Kitchen offers outdoor patio seating at tables and a high-top bar. Co-founder Jody Harris played an integral part in the design, which features an elegant, open indoor and outdoor tasting experience.

Cultivar Wine and Caspar Estate will offer a wide range of their wines served by the glass, flight, or bottle. Wine Flight Experiences will feature:

Rosé & White Flight: 2022 Cultivar Rosé California; 2022 Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley; 2021 Cultivar Chardonnay Santa Barbara ($24)

Cabernet Sauvignon Flight: 2021 Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast; 2021 Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley;  2019 Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon Leaky Lake ($31)

Unique Red Flight: 2019 Cultivar Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley; 2020 Cultivar Cabernet Franc Napa Valley; 2020 Cultivar Merlot Mt. Veeder ($28)

Pinot Noir Flight: 2021 Cultivar Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands; 2020 Cultivar Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast; 2021 Cultivar Pinot Noir Russian River Valley ($27)

Caspar Estate Flight: 2022 Caspar Estate Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley; 2019 Caspar Estate Cabernet Franc Napa Valley; 2019 Caspar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($38)

Cultivar Wine & Kitchen will offer an inviting atmosphere where patrons can indulge in an array of Cultivar and Caspar Estate wines that are thoughtfully paired with locally-sourced, seasonal dishes inspired by the flavors of Napa Valley from Cultivar Executive Chef David Neri. Chef Neri grew up in Mexico City and was introduced to the culinary industry at the age of eleven and further developed his skills throughout the Bay Area while working alongside sports nutritionists at UC Berkeley, as Chef at the Waterfront Restaurant, partnering in a restaurant in Hercules, CA, and embracing his love, passion, and experience with a culinary consultancy business before joining the Cultivar team in 2017.

The farm to table bites menu at Cultivar Wine & Kitchen include Cheese & Charcuterie with traditional accouterments ($32); Hummus served with Caspar Estate extra virgin olive oil, sourdough crostini and crudité ($14); White Truffle Caesar Salad with pecorino romano and sourdough bread croutons ($14); Grilled Cheese Sandwich on sourdough with white cheddar cheese and parmigiano reggiano ($14); Tomato Soup with Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon, cream, Caspar Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($10); or Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup ($20); and a sweet treat of Chocolate Cheesecake with maraschino cherries and whipped cream ($12).

In 2017, Cultivar Wines opened Cultivar San Francisco on Chestnut Street as their first outpost serving farm-to-table food alongside its terroir-driven Napa Valley wines. Cultivar San Francisco is a neighborhood restaurant that caters to crowds both small and large. The Marina District location in 2018 introduced a back patio with a roaring fireplace with overhead heaters and lighting is a premier location for private events and continues to feature its pet-friendly parklet.

Cultivar San Francisco serves dishes that showcase produce from the organic Napa Valley farm and seasonal ingredients include Warm Squash & Burrata with Granny Smith apples, pomegranate seeds, pepitas, Caspar Estate honey, and fried sage ($18); Dungeness Crab Garlic Noodles with poached egg and green onions ($32); Mushroom Risotto with foraged mushrooms, pecorino romano, and basil oil ($26); and Cobb Salad with hardboiled eggs, heirloom tomatoes. Brunch favorites include Granola with housemade yogurt and seasonal fruit ($14); Croque Madame with grilled cheese, black forest ham, béchamel, and sunny egg ($17); and Lobster Benedict with poached eggs, spinach, avocado, grilled onions, and hollandaise ($21),

Both Cultivar San Francisco and Cultivar Wine & Kitchen feature happy hour on weekdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. with $10 glasses of wine and happy hour priced bites. The Marina District and Ghirardelli Square locations will host wine pick-up parties throughout the year for their Cultivar Wine Club members.

Both locations are bottle shops featuring wines from Cultivar and Caspar Estate, in addition to Caspar Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Caspar Estate Wildflower Honey.

Cultivar Wine & Kitchen is located at 900 North Point Street E-211, San Francisco, CA. It is on the Plaza level just steps from the fountain and Ghirardelli Chocolate. There is a parking garage below. Open daily from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Cultivar San Francisco is located at 2379 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA. Open Monday to Friday from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and for Saturday-Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Lisa Hay

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
Lisa Hay

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.

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