San Francisco is blessed with the lion's share of Bay Area retailers specializing in hard-to-find wines and liquors. For example, Arlequin Wine Merchant
, Dee Vine Wines
, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
, John Walker
, The Jug Shop
, SF Wine Trading Co.
, and the Wine Club
are all within the city limits.
Nevertheless, if you're in the Stanford / Palo Alto area, Beltramo's (1540 El Camino Real, Menlo Park) is worth a visit. The store has an exceptional array of hard liquor--six kinds of cachaca, four brands of Pisco, 20 grappas, 40 bourbons--and around 200 liqueurs, one of the broadest selections anywhere. There's also a big wine department with knowledgeable, friendly staff that can offer educated suggestions. The store's inventory is searchable on beltramos.com
, so you can see if they've got what you're looking for before making a special trip. (Click the images for larger versions.)