San Francisco's popular wine bar, Amelie, is celebrating 17 years of success and changing the way young people think about wine. The bar, founded by French native Germain Michel, was created with the goal of making wine more accessible and approachable to a younger audience. With five locations, including one in New York City, Marin County, Oakland, and soon to be Washington, DC, Amelie has become a staple in the wine world.
One of the things that sets Amelie apart from other wine bars is its happy hour, a hit among young people who want to enjoy good wine without breaking the bank. The bar offers a 3 glass wine flight for $12.50 from 4-6pm on weekdays. Their menu consists of a variety of natural wines and the staff is always happy to make recommendations and provide a welcoming environment.
"A lot of wine makers take themselves too seriously," says Germain. "Our goal is to make wine a more approachable and enjoyable experience for everyone, especially those who may be new to it."
The bar offers a carefully curated selection of wines, with a focus on unique and lesser-known varieties, making wine less intimidating and more accessible for young people. Germain's passion for wine eventually led him to explore the production side of winemaking. He purchased land and partnered with a winemaker in the Languedoc region of France to produce wine using biodynamic farming and winemaking techniques.
In addition to great and accessible wine, Amelie boasts a modern and trendy decor, creating a cozy and inviting space. The bar also offers a menu of small plates, perfect for sharing and pairing with a glass of wine. Visit Amelie on Polk Street and experience the joys of wine in a fun and youthful atmosphere. With its approachable prices, knowledgeable staff, and unique selection, Amelie is making wine accessible for young people everywhere.