On Saturday, I headed to the WineStyles store in Fair Lakes. I have been on their mailing list for awhile, but haven't had the chance to make it down there until this past weekend.
WineStyles is a franchise which strives to make wine approachable. Wines are categorized into adjectives such as "crisp" or "bold," and food and wine pairing suggestions are given for each category. The Fair Lakes store is in a really attractive space. Owners Jim and Marcie are very friendly and knowledgeable, and what the store lacks in inventory they make up for in customer service and some interesting wine choices. There is also a selection of cheeses, spreads, crackers and Virginia peanuts to purchase along with your wines.
Every Saturday, from 1-4 PM, you can taste a selection of their wines. On the tasting bar this past weekend were:
MarQuee Classic Riesling (Australia) (**actually, there was a CA Sauvignon Blanc in place of this wine when I was there...)
Yasa Blanco (Spain)
Montellori Chianti (Italy)
Syrahtica Syrah (California)
Louis Latour Chateau Les Ricard (France)
The Syrahtica was my favorite--a gorgeous, smooth Syrah with lots of rich dark berries. Turn the (unopened) bottle upside down for a surprise on the label, related to the name. At $18.99 it was a bargain, in my opinion.
If you haven't yet been to WineStyles, stop by sometime, especially on a Saturday afternoon where you can sample some of their wines.
See you again soon, Jim and Marcie!