After seeing Gourmet Au Bay for sale online in the late 2000s, Bob and Sissy Blanchard were blown away by this distinctive
pairing: a wine bar with stirring bay vistas. They made an offer on the spot. “How could you pass up something like this?”
says Sissy, pointing to a patio that overlooks the harbor. The Blanchards offer what they call Wine Surfing: your choice of
three pours from top California labels, the glasses served to you on a mini surfboard. In the early evening, the deck becomes
a lively gathering place for locals. “It’s our town square,” says regular Perry Marker. Pop any bottle from the adjoining
shop and pay no corkage fee.
Last Reviewed December 2013