Cellar Savant

Wine clubs from A16 and SPQR restaurants in San Francisco and A16's recipe for fregola with Meyer lemon and asparagus

It's the ultimate, accidental bait and switch: A sommelier recommends a sublime wine at your favorite restaurant, and you leave with plans to buy a few bottles for your personal stash. After visiting several wine stores, you're still empty handed.

No need to turn red in the face any longer. Instead, look to Shelley Lindgren, wine director and co-owner of San Francisco's beloved A16 and SPQR restaurants. After years of having customers clamor to enjoy her obscure Italian finds at home, she and her team have launched a monthly wine club.

Each shipment ($95) includes three bottles, and can be delivered monthly or every other month. Subscribers with regional tastes can opt for picks from a specific restaurant (A16's list veers toward southern Italy, while SPQR features northern and central Italian wines). Those who like variety should select the combination package, which pulls from both cellars.

The first shipment goes out in April (sign up by 4/10 to receive), and Lindgren gave us a hint of what to expect: The A16 package will include the 2009 Casa d'Ambra, 'Frassitelli'–a fragrant, juicy offering with notes of pineapple and citrus.

To complete the restaurant experience at home, we tapped executive chef David Taylor for an exclusive recipe: Pair the wine with bright, risotto-like fregola with asparagus and Meyer lemon (click here to download the recipe).

Angers, away.