Tiny Wine Bar InoVino Makes Cole Valley a Proper Urban Village at Last

Pete Kane
From the former wine director of Perbacco, Claudio Villani, comes InoVino, a compact wine bar and enoteca near the intersection of Carl and Cole. As you might guess, it's fairly heavy on Italian wine. And Cole Valley narrowly pulls ahead of arch-rival Bernal Heights in S.F.'s Cutest Urban Village contest.

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In addition to its impressive pedigree, the 30-seat space offers three-, six- and twelve-ounce pours, as well as one of our favorite pedagogical tools, if not one of our favorite things in general: flights of three three-ounce glasses, for $16. The full list, chiefly of high altitude and volcanic wines, runs on for four pages, which means more learning for you.

Pete Kane
Sometimes it's hard to take photos in dark bars, but you get the idea.
If you're looking for a nosh, too, there are plenty of bruschettas, a buffalo mozzarella caprese salad, plus ample cheeses and the salumi misti that make Perbacco such a splurge. No papardelle, but Inovino's worth a quaint walk over the hill (or a trip on the N-Judah, which stops right outside). Be adventurous: Conquer Twin Peaks by foot with a date and reward yourself with a flight of volcanic wines upon your descent!

Now if only Cole Valley had a single-screen theater...

InoVino, 108B Carl St.

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