Chris Gaither and Rebecca Fineman have been stocking up their bottle selection, leading tastings, and serving dinner and wine pairings at their new Dogpatch destination Ungrafted since late December. That’s when the couple first opened the doors to their roomy, casual new restaurant and wine bar at 2419 3rd Street. Take a look around the bi-level space, where Gaither and Fineman hope customers will linger to try new glasses of wine, enjoy a full meal, and perhaps grab a bottle or two to go.
MH Architects designed the space, which has seating for 90 at tables and the bar. Twin Walls Mural Co. (Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong) decked it out with images of large gold colored vines — Ungrafted refers to vines that grow on their own roots. More artwork, by Deborah Adams, is on display and for sale.
Gaither, an advanced sommelier who is preparing for the final third of his master sommelier exam this year, and Fineman, who became the world’s 25th female master sommelier in 2017, are serious veterans of San Francisco’s hospitality industry. But they designed Ungrafted as an approachable option for the wine whiz and the newcomer alike, with lots of options by the glass and half bottle. It’s a mix of refined and playful: The wine list is presented in vintage trapper keepers (think ‘90s middle school), but all the servers are certified somms.
For non-wine drinkers, there’s also beer, sake, and thoughtful non-alcoholic beverages for pairings. Executive chef Nicholas Turpin (Boulevard) is behind the menu of global street food, which spans from caviar to falafel, croquetas, za’atar pull-part bread, and creole-spiced buttermilk fried chicken. Peruse the whole menu and sample by-the-glass menu here.
Ungrafted is now open Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with lunch hours to follow. Reservations will be available online, retail bottles are available for purchase, and a wine club and tasting classes are ahead.