Gourmet Au Bay

Gourmet Au Bay

Alanna Hale

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Bodega Bay,  California
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


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