Hey fellow lushes! Of course you're probably aware there's a big holiday on the calendar next week, but Feb. 14 isn't just about chocolate and cards filled with syrupy sentiment.
The Wino likes to celebrate Valentine's Day by uncorking a bunch of red wine and not just because they tend to taste like a little bit of terrific. Wines of a certain hue are also good for you. Don't take my slightly slurred word for it. The Mayo Clinic freaking says so!
There's enough red wine in the world to fill the Puget Sound, so how do you pick something worthy of sipping with your sweetie on Tuesday?
By cultivating a serious relationship with a wine seller, who you grow to trust over time. Like Emile at Champion Wine Cellar or the crackerjack crew at Esquin or Mike Teer at Soul Wine. Tell 'em what you like and how much you're willing to spend and -- wham, bam -- you're walking out the door with a couple fine bottles under your arms.
I think I've got a crush on a new wine merchant, though I've never met the dude, I picked up a bottle that was a featured pick and it was awesome with a capital AWE. And it was a happy accident.
I was happy houring at Daniel's Broiler on Leschi and my buddies mentioned the market across the street and its wonderful wine selection. After I paid my tab, I did some tipsy retailing and was completely jazzed about the selection at the Leschi Market, from the hard-to-find high-end stuff to some amazing deals.
The Spanish Rioja I picked up has the coolest label and is named Cepasantiguas, which means old vines. And everybody knows that when it comes to wine, older almost always means better. The wine was velvety smooth but far from soft. It had lovely berry flavors and little bit of spice. And it was $12. I'm in love.
The Wino's going to give this wine four out of four brown paper bags, tied up in a pretty pink bow.