I Live in the Wrong City

Let me put it this way…I never planned to live in the DC area.  When I was younger I did a stint at a law firm in NYC.  I’d always pictured myself back in New York rather than much much further south.  It’s not that I don’t like DC…I just prefer NYC and always have.  As a kid I grew up in CT and we often visited the city…plus, I lived in the area for about 6 months and I just found it to be my pace. However, fate intervened and Matt, (then my fiance, now the husband), had a job in DC when it was time for me to look for a position. So DC it was. Years later, and here we still are.

We were up visiting family in NYC this weekend.  There’s a wine bar on early every block.  Or a wine shop.  I couldn’t get it over it…every time I turned my head I saw “Vinoteca” or “Enoteca” or “Wine Bar.”  I’m jealous.  Very jealous.  If there’s one thing DC really lacks in, it’s wine bars.  For sure, there are a few, Proof, EatBar, and Sonoma Restaurant pop into my head, but….well, 3. Versus the at least 20 that I saw just wandering around for a day and a half in NYC.

And that doesn’t even mention the wine shops! I can list about 10 in the DC area (including the suburbs of VA that I live in).  10.  And most of the ones I’m familiar with are NOT in walking distance to a Metro or even to my office. Walking from the apartment we stayed at in NYC to breakfast and to catch a cab this morning, I saw at least 4 just in that 5 block radius.

Yep, wrong city.


Love Potion Number 9


Whenever I see this wine, I start singing that song in my head. In case you haven’t noticed, singing to myself is a theme around here…I almost always have a tune in my head and it gets stuck there.  At least I’m not singing “Video killed the radio star…” this time, which appeared to be a catching one to get stuck on 😉  The wine for the evening: Sokol Blosser Evolution #9 Edition 12.  This wine is a blend of 9 different wines in various proportions, some of which have added to my Century Club application in the past! I picked this bottle up for around $12.99 at Total Wine and More in Alexandria, plus, I had a coupon for $15 off a $100 purchase, which I took advantage of.  The wine hails from Oregon, clocks in at 12% alcohol by volume, and boasts a real cork closure.  I’ve had this wine in the past, though not since I started the blog, and I’ve always enjoyed it…I used to pay a lot more than $12.99 at a local shop!


On first pouring a glass, I noted that the wine is very aromatic…white flowers jump out and grab you, pulling you into the glass.  I also found pear, peach, apple, slight lemon, and spice on the nose.  To me, it smelled as if the nose might have been heavily influenced by the Gewurztraminer in the blend.  In the mouth I got flavors of pear, lemon, green apple, white pepper, a touch of honey, and some spice.  Overall, I found the wine to be crisp and light and I think it would really well with a nice white fish.  It would also be perfect for some summer-time wine drinking!