A Combo Post

I rarely take pictures of my wine and food in restaurants.  I don’t know why, but I’m afraid other diners and the waitstaff might think I’m bizarre.  I know lots of food blogger routinely snap shots of their food while out and about, so I should really just get over it. And I almost always have my camera with me, so I just need to suck it up and take the pictures.  But what say you readers? Would you think it odd to see fellow diners photographing their food and wine?

So that’s the first part of this post, leading up to telling you why I don’t have a photo of the wine I drank at the restaurant D’Acqua.  I think this is the 3rd time we’ve eaten at D’Acqua, and I’ve enjoyed it on each visit.  This time we went with Matt’s uncle who happened to be in town.  On Tuesdays they generally get in a fresh fish shipment and I took advantage, splitting a white fish (sorry, forgot the name!) prepared tableside with Matt’s uncle.

While waiting for Matt’s uncle, I perused the wine list and took the liberty of ordering the wine. A cold biting day in DC, a big red wine struck me as perfect, and I wanted a Barolo.  The ones on the menu gave me a bit of sticker shock, so I asked the waiter who had another Barolo in the back that wasn’t on the list. Score! We ended up with the 2004 Monte Degli Angeli Barolo. The price at the restaurant was $64…looks like you can find it online for between $24-$30…so ouch, that’s kind of a big mark up. It clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume and had a real cork closure.

On the nose I found mushroom, earth, leather, cherry, strawberry, flowers, roses, and truffles.  Quite an inviting and promising nose. In the mouth I got flavors of strawberries, raspberries, earth, cherries, leather, and some more black cherries.  I found it to have great acidity and structure, showing lots of tart fruit and tannins on the back palate.  For $24, this is a steal. Drink up!