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Wallets Out: San Francisco’s RN74 Is Closing

Wallets Out: San Francisco’s RN74 Is Closing

One of America’s most famed wine lists is singing its swan song: RN 74, chef Michael Mina and sommelier Rajat Parr’s holy temple to Burgundy and San Francisco tech industry expense accounts, will close on October 7th.

San Francisco Chronicle’s Esther Mobley has the pre-mortem now, noting that the restaurant’s “offering some sweet deals: Bottles from the market list are half price on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and if you’re willing to drop $250, the staff will open up a bottle listed at $750 or more—practically wholesale cost.”

Here’s the most current list from the restaurant published online—on it lurks some pretty extraordinary Champagnes, large format stunners from the likes of Ponsot, Raveneau, and Dujac, and a jaw-dropping selection of seldom seen wines from producers like Mugnier, Thierry Allemand, Auguste Clape and many more. Of course, if your Y Combinator buddies are paying the bill, there’s a ’74 Romanee Conti “Montrachet” listed for $6400 that I would drink the shit out of, plus all manner of ludicrously expensive Bordeaux and such (on the happenstance your company was just acquired).

But seriously, there’s a 2006 Freddy Mugnier “Les Fuees” 1er Cru listed for $650. If they’re really going to pop that for $250 as part of this fire sale, it’s worth a visit, and perhaps even worth a flight. Elsewhere in the article Mobley waxes on why, exactly, RN74 is going away now:

Now is RN74’s time to close. Exhilarating in 2009, RN74 no longer makes sense for 2017. In its bright, brief life the restaurant captured the wave of excitement that was building around Burgundy wine, and then, as prices surged, got wiped out by the wave. In many ways, it was a victim of its own success.

Translation: while you and I might dream of dropping just shy of three grand on a Salon magnum from the Reagan era, unless Nestle collectively acquires us all, it ain’t happening. Following its last night on October  7th, RN74 will be replaced by International Smoke, a new partnership between Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry. No word yet on the wine list, though maybe someone can convince them to at least hold on to RN74’s wonderfully chosen selection of Rhone wines to pair with all that fancy barbecue.

Jordan Michelman is a co-founder and editor at Sprudge Media Network. Read more Jordan Michelman on Sprudge Wine. 

Top image via Michael Mina’s official websites. 


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