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 really 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 are able to settle-back and linger provided that 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 had been unique in my area in that it was the sole place that represented wine growers directly. Instead of having people to see 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 history of the organization and a detailed description of its wines. It had been hard to decide on which winery I desired to sample, but finally a syrah from one of them caught my fancy. I called for a’pour ‘, and wound up with a’glass “.The samplings are not free, as you’d expect from the wine bar.
As I sat on a leather couch taking notes, a gentleman stopped to ask my name. I told him, and found out that he was the proprietor of the Enoteca. It had been his idea to open it up, and with an impressive food selection to opt for 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 2nd and third wine bars I visited were more typical, looking more like restaurants, aside from 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 a wine bar was a spot I felt comfortable entering as an individual, unaccompanied woman. Speaking with a server, she informed me that the main difference between a wine bar and a tavern or cocktail lounge was the clientele. Those who appreciate wine, rather than individuals who would like to drink, is apparently the difference.