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 known as a wine bar. The atmosphere is relaxed, laid back. The temperature is comfortable – so are the lounge chairs. There’s service if you like it, but it’s not obtrusive. You can relax and linger as long as you want, and usually get something to consume if you’re in the mood.
The very first wine bar I visited was called Urban Enoteca – the’wine library ‘. It had been unique in my area in that it was the only place that represented wine growers directly. Instead of getting people to see the wineries around their 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 history of the organization and an in depth description of its wines. It had been hard to select which winery I desired to sample, but finally a syrah from one of them caught my fancy. I called for a’pour ‘, and ended up with a’glass “.The samplings are not 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 learned that he was the proprietor of the Enoteca. It had been his idea to open it down, and with an impressive food selection to opt for the wines. I was delighted to meet him, specially when I told him I was authoring wine bars and he asked me for my card.
The second and third wine bars I visited were more typical, looking a lot more like restaurants, except for the magnanimous wine displays. I tried another syrah at one and a type of sparkling wine at the other. Neither disappointed my palate. I remarked to my companions a wine bar was a place I felt comfortable going into as an individual, 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. Those who appreciate wine, rather than individuals who just want to drink, is apparently the difference.