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Steve Zolno, Oakland
American Values Focus Group
"Best Wine Guru: David Sharp," Best of the East Bay, 7/20
A Sharp Supporter
The Wine Mine and Dave Sharp have changed my wine-buying experience. I am a frugal barbarian of a wine buyer. I mostly look for a good value with an occasional premium purchase. Dave will often "downsell" me to a less expensive wine. He will gleefully order a case or two of odd flavors that I think suit my taste and take a chance that some other wine barbarian may like them, too. He cheerfully exchanges wine that just didn't suit my taste. (Not an empty bottle, however ... he's not that cheerful!) And he remembers enough about my past purchases (pretty smart guy) to steer me toward a new bottle in his ever-changing inventory. The Wine Mine is just a heck of a wine store. Cheers.
David Lezynski, Oakland
An Honest Sale
We stopped buying wine at Beverages and More, etc.— not just because of price, but because David gets to know your likes very quickly, and then lets you know when something comes in that fits. Likewise, he will readily say, "You won't like this wine." It's always an honest sale.
Dick Moore, Oakland
In our August 17 food review, "Authentic Organic Thai," we misstated Ran Kanom Thai's hours and phone number. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. every day and can be reached at 510-815-3212.