kelly magyarics

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Try 9 wines for $20--not bad

I finally made an outing to Whole Foods Enoteca in Fair Lakes the other night with my wine club. This wine tasting bar was reviewed in the Post a few months ago, and I also reviewed it on my blog. The concept is simple--buy a debit card in any amount, and purchase 1, 3 or 5 oz. pours of over 80 wines, from crisp whites, to dessert wines, to reserve reds, and everything in between.

It was a really fun evening--and pretty busy for a Wednesday evening. My friends and I tried about 9 wines each (1 oz. pours start at $1 and go all the way up to $24 for Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes, but there are a good amount in the $1-$4 range.) There are blank tasting sheets on the table to take wine notes, though we brought our own. Copies of "The Wine Bible" by Karen McNeil allow tasters to look up certain wines or wine regions. A basket of free cracker sticks sits on each table, or you can purchase a cheese platter for $9, which on Wednesday evening featured Spanish cheeses, baguette slices, and nuts tossed witih lavender honey. (It was a decent platter, but a bit light on the cheese, in my opinion. And while I love lavender honey, the only way to eat those nuts soaked in it was to spread it on the baguette slices...it didn't exactly go well together.)

Another group sitting behind us opted to order dinner from one of the several in-store restaurants, and bring it up to the wine loft to enjoy with a glass of wine.

The Enoteca is a great way to taste expensive wines for little money--I tried several that run $80 or so per bottle. All bottles are for sale in the store's wine department, and wines change frequently.