some thoughts on wine and why my list is, well, what it is…
how hard can it be to put a wine list together?…..i would have to say, pretty hard…
that is, if you want a really good wine list…one that excites and challenges diners (but does not
overwhelm them), ...it takes time and effort and research, and most of all, trusting your wine salesmen…i
want, and have always wanted from the beginning of this bistro, a small intimate list, one that would be
easily understood and at the same time, nudge my diners out of their comfort zone…i prepare food
that is wholesome and genuine, and therefore i would be inconsistent if i didn’t do the same with wines.
there are SO many good wines out there that i cannot in good conscience limit the list to the same
mass-produced branded wines that dominate so many wine lists…otherwise i might as well serve you spam!
so if you like my food, trust me and take that small step and try something you have never tasted before! with the economy seemingly on everyone’s minds these days, i want to offer you real wines at really reasonable prices…after all, i want a list of wines that are not only affordable, but “beg” to be drunk…below is my listing of wines, from California to Spain, from France to Italy, and on and on….as much as possible, i try and associate myself with wineries that at least practice sustainable farming. this is a moving target, as different wineries and regions have different challenges….but i feel it is important to acknowledge on my menu those wineries that respect their piece of earth from which they earn their living, and do not rely on harmful pesticides and herbicides, and the use of unnatural fertilizers. on a basic level, this is done by using natural cover crops and proper composting, and creating an environment where insects, owls, songbirds, ladybugs, hawks, bats, etc naturally control insects invasive to healthy vines. i want you to be comfortable buying these wines, knowing that i am offering you not just value but introducing you to wineries that bring you a responsibly made bottle to enjoy and feel good about. after all, wine is meant to be enjoyed and shared with those you love….knowing that they are being produced with a small “footprint” is an added bonus!
in keeping with my effort to introduce you to wines made by artisans, i.e., winemakers concerned about producing a wine that’s harmonious, sustainable, flavorful & true to tradition rather than current trends,
and wines & wineries from lesser known, albeit, delicious wines, i have created a wine feature sheet that is included as an insert…