August 3, 2012

The Wine Drought

I haven't opened a lot of wine lately. Actually, I've opened only one bottle of wine in the past two weeks. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, it's been hot as hell lately and I've been drinking my share of cold beer. Plus, I also find myself increasingly interested in cocktails, so I've done some further experimenting with tequila, bourbon, and rum.
I also recently spent a couple nights at Bern's Steak House in Tampa with some friends who are equally pedantic wine and food geeks. Bern's is unlike any restaurant I've ever experienced. It's a steak house and wine mecca that feels like part museum and part bordello inside. As we did last year, we spent two nights drinking some good food and drinking brilliant wines older than our grandparents. As with Fight Club, the first rule of Bern's is you don't really talk about Bern's. So...all you get is a picture of their unassuming sign out front. EatItAtlanta has a recent shout-out to Bern's and their brilliant sommelier, Eric Renaud.
This brings us to the other cause of my wine drought, the fact that it's hard to follow up a trip to Bern's with excitement over a $15 Chardonnay from the Loire Valley. However, a couple of nights ago I did open a very nice Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay blend from Herve Villamade's Domaine du Moulin in the Loire Valley. It's a crisp and lively white wine full of acid and minerals; it's a perfect white served on the cold side on a hot summer night. I got this one at Le Caveau in Chamblee for about $20.



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