by Courtney Cochran
If you’re like me, you may have stashed a bottle of vino in your purse or overcoat on occasion before heading into the movies. Sure, you felt a bit sheepish about your contraband, but when the opening credits rolled to the tune of a lush Santa Rita Hills Pinot, you knew you’d taken the risk for good reason. Still, sipping from the Styrofoam cup you snagged at the concession made your reward seem less sweet.
With the opening of Sundance Cinemas San Francisco at the old AMC Kabuki Theater in Japantown (sundancecinemas.com
), you can purchase wine by the half glass or glass and take it right into the theater with you, no smuggling required. The first theater in the city to snag a liquor license, Sundance offers moviegoers an eclectic lineup of 25 wines sourced from both local and global producers, many of them made from organic or sustainably farmed grapes.
Even better, they’ll give you a real glass, too.
Full disclosure: I am the sommelier who selected the wines for Sundance Cinemas.