“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine so that
I may wet my brain and say something
The Basic Truth
It's pretty simple really, we are passionate about wine. We enjoy all aspects of it and try to convey our passion to those who dine with us. We have three fundamental ways of sharing our passion with you. The first is through our wine list, which continues to change and is generally updated once every six months. Second is through our Weekly Wine Tastings. Five wines, every Thursday from 5:00 until 9:00 pm. Different wines, different countries, sometimes sweet, most of the times dry, but always a fun and informative experience (don't forget to try the fried pepperoni). Lastly, we feature a single wine throughout the week. Usually something we are testing for the list and want to get some customer feedback. Usually uncommonly good. And I guess we could add ambiance: Wines served at the appropriate temperature, in a real crystal wine glass with a 20 oz. bowl, most coming from a glass enclosed temperature controlled wine room that just makes you want to say, "hey, someone likes wine just as much as me."
So there it is, in a nutshell. We love good food, but we love good food and wine even better. Italians refer to this as Enogastronomia: the art of good food and wine.
The Basics of Wine
Since the beginning of civilization, wine has been a source of pleasure to mankind. Wine is one of the first things Man created. No one knows who made the first wine or enjoyed its effect, but it is woven through the tapestry of human history like few other products. It has played many roles as part of religious ceremonies, as medicine and antiseptic, a water purifier, a transformer of meals into feasts, and as a comforting friend and a courageous partner.
What is wine? If put in sufficiently general terms, wine is the naturally fermented juice of fresh fruit or berries. Wine derived from the juice of grapes will be our focus here. Wine is foremost an agricultural product. With only minor assistance by man, grapes are converted by nature, in a chemical process, into an
Alcoholic beverage. Using a few skilled techniques, man can create wines of immense variety that can be bottled and transported around the world, and at their best, through time, develop an apparent soul of their own, creating an almost sublime experience.
Today, we know more about wines than ever before. We know how to cultivate the highest quality grapes to produce fine wines, and how to pair them with foods to show both at their very best. We have learned or perhaps rediscovered, wine as a principle source of nourishment and the benefits it can bring when consumed in moderation as part of a healthy diet.
In enjoying wine we connect with history and with those before us who have participated in one of mankind’s earliest and simplest pleasures. Educating ourselves about wine and its proper use can only help us to enjoy it to the fullest, and to make it part of a gracious way of life.
What's the point in tasting wine? This is a reasonable question, if wine evokes for you the image of a “wine snob”, with pinky extended, mouthing a bunch of fancy talk. Certainly no similar mystique surrounds Pepsi-Cola, iced tea or milk. But wine is different. It's the only beverage that appeals to the senses and the intellect. If you take the time to look for it, every glass contains a lesson in history, geography, agriculture, botany; sometimes anthropology, religion, psychology and more.
There's no reason to be snobbish about wine, and none to fear it. But it's well worth talking about and sharing with friends. You don't have to take it too seriously. This stuff is supposed to be fun. You don't have to pass a test to enjoy it, and you needn't learn a new language. The idea behind wine tasting is as simple as this: Slow down. Relax and take the time to think about what you're drinking and to enjoy it with all your senses. (Well, all except hearing. Nobody listens to wine, and pouring it in your ear is kind of painful.)
Examine its color. Is it clear or hazy, transparent or opaque?
Take a deep sniff. Does it smell like fruit? Flowers? Road tar or sweat sox?
Got it? Take a drink. Take two. Swish it around your mouth, sensing not only its taste but its texture and weight. Don't worry about how you look; you're enjoying yourself.
Put it all together in your head. Think about where it came from. Sip again and enjoy. You won't get all this out of a Pepsi!
WINE AND HEALTH
Something akin to the shot heard 'round the world on the dawn of American Revolutionary War, was heard in the wine world Sunday night, November 17, 1991. The event was the airing of The French Paradox segment on CBS News'60 Minutes. The French Paradox was a term coined on that program to describe the apparent unlikely relationship between the fact that while the French, especially those in Southwestern France, eat inexcusable amounts of heart-stopping, artery-clogging saturated fats, smoke Gauloise cigarettes, and exercise very little, they have one of the lowest heart attack rates in the world. Their moderate and daily consumption of red wine was given as the most likely reason for this phenomenon. The program unleashed a red wine mania. Within weeks of this program, sales of red wine in the United States, shot up 40% (about 2.5 million bottles). The sales of red wine for the year following the broadcast was up 39%. American's had taken this health message to heart.
The Apostle Paul recommended to Timothy to drink wine for his stomach's sake and for his often infirmities. The Bible often makes references to the value of wine for health and enjoyment. Our ancestors knew of its aid to health when drunk in moderation. In fact, up until the 18th century, wine played a central role in medicine. Wine inhibits the growth of all micro-organisms that are the cause of disease in man. Because of its alcohol and acid content, they simply die in it.
In the modern world, wine is accepted as a healthful drink. Only in the United States are we once again, beginning to rediscover its value to society. For many years, we focused in the dangers of overindulgence. To be sure, there are dangers in the over-use of wine. The Bible too, warns of this. But in moderation, it is a healthy beverage.