It’s not the frenetic pace of a cafe, where in fact the conversation is nearly secondary to the ministrations of a hovering waiter (if you’re lucky). It’s not a tasting room in a dank wine cellar, where your teeth chatter from the lowered temperature.
No, it’s an urban, modern phenomenon called a wine bar. The atmosphere is relaxed, laid back. The temperature is comfortable – so are the lounge chairs. There’s service if you’d like it, but it’s not obtrusive. You can settle-back and linger so long as you would like, and usually get something to consume if you’re in the mood.
The first wine bar I visited was called Urban Enoteca – the’wine library ‘. It was unique in my area in so it was the only real place that represented wine growers directly. Instead to getting people to go to the wineries around the state, it brought the wineries to the people. Six or seven vintners were represented at the Enoteca, each with a well-informed, friendly representative giving fort lauderdale wine bar the real history of the company and a detailed description of its wines. It was hard to choose which winery I wanted to sample, but finally a syrah from one caught my fancy. I called for a’pour ‘, and were left with a’glass “.The samplings aren’t free, as you’d expect from a wine bar.
As I sat on a leather couch taking notes, a gentleman stopped to ask my name. I told him, and discovered that he was the proprietor of the Enoteca. It had been his idea to open it up, and with an impressive food selection to go with the wines. I was delighted to meet him, especially when I told him I was currently talking about wine bars and he asked me for my card.
The next and third wine bars I visited were more typical, looking more like restaurants, with the exception of the magnanimous wine displays. I tried another syrah at one and a class of sparkling wine at the other. Neither disappointed my palate. I remarked to my companions that the wine bar was a spot I felt comfortable starting as a single, unaccompanied woman. Talking to a server, she informed me that the key difference between a wine bar and a tavern or cocktail lounge was the clientele. Individuals who appreciate wine, rather than those who would like to drink, seems to be the difference.