I try to keep the bottle of Volvic close to hand, a very well balanced water for our system i must say, but I do not drink enough of it at the moment. Usually i give my body over 1.5 liters of the juice of life a day but at the moment i knock the 1 liter and sometimes a bit less. Ai people keep up the water, anyways not here to talk you about that.
Past weekend I had a trip to New-York, yes just for the weekend. Nothing to do with wine, i went to visit someone dear and close to my heart i haven't seen for way to long. Of course knowing what i do wine bars were on the list, but funny enough first night there we ended up in a vodka bar.
Me not the typical vodka drinker had to adept to this different texture perceiving through my palate. I had all sorts of flavors and must admit had a great time, but next following morning tummy was not so happy even so we filled the stomach with solid foods to absorb the amount of liquid entered.
Please don't think i was binch drinking, i am a light weight my friends.
After all that, the next day was more civilized i must say, we visited one wine bar out of the bunch offered. Also I was not in the mood to drag my butt from bar to bar.
Bar Veloce, 176 seventh ave ny, ny (chelsea) http://www.barveloce.com/
A welcoming and soothing place, where stress and worries are brushed away. A simple, effective straight forward designed bar, making you feel comfortable, giving you the motion of spending some quality time.
We were received with a smile and professionalism and were given help where ever needed. We were offered tasters and suggestions a very nice touch, gives the customer a bit of freedom before buying.
The bar is solely orientated in Italian wines, which made me straight away looking for a couple of regions. Piedmont, Tuscany, Sicily. After some consultation, tasting, I decided to go for a Sicilian wine.
Antica Tenuta Del Nafro http://www.nanfro.com/
From this winery we had the Frappato (Frappato is a typical grape from Sicily) 2009.
What impressed me to start was its beautiful, rustic, sophisticated, fruity, earthy nose. The aromas of ripe red fruits hits you immediately but than the power of spice and even hints of ash were flirting with your nostrils.
So of course you want to taste it immediately and surprisingly its very light for a wine coming from a very warm part of Europe, but than if there is enough fresh wind during the night it will help to give this wine its lightness and freshness.
It enrolled onto your palate with bursting fresh fruits and a good balance in acidity and even last for a fairly long time.
Overall a very pleasant and enjoyable wine, with character and personality. Price wise $52 was very well placed and I had no objections paying that money, even so its a wine in Europe you get for €11 in a shop.
We ordered some food to nibble, bruschette with prosciutto di Parma, which was tender and very tasty, only i wish it was a bit more substantial.
I was in perfect company and great wine, so if anyone hits New York, looking for a wine bar, bar Veloce is definitely recommended.
So listen to your gut, when it says "hey buddy we should stop here", it has learned me viable lessons. So keep control of the desire at this time of the year we find any excuse to have a drink. a laugh, a great time.
Till next time drink responsibly.