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A good way to find the restaurants with the best selection of wine is to look for the restaurants with top sommeliers. Rajat Parr is arguably San Francisco's most well known sommelier. He is the director of wine at the Michael Mina Group, a winemaker, and author of Secrets of the Sommeliers. Parr is responsible for selecting the wines at Mina's flagship Michael Mina and his high end urban wine bar, RN74. At both restaurants the wine lists are long and detailed. Parr tends to favor French and lesser known varietals.
Shelley Lindgren is another well-respected sommelier. She is the owner of two beloved San Francisco restaurants A16 and SPQR. Both specialize in luxurious Italian cuisine and Lindgren is an expert when it comes to Italian wines. Her wine lists feature rare Italian grapes as well affordable highly drinkable varietals.
Lastly, there is David Lynch. A former sommelier to New York's Babbo and San Francisco's Quince, Lynch is the wine contributor to Bon Appetit magazine. His Mission district restaurant, St. Vincent, only opened last year, but it's known as one of the new hot spots for wine.