I adore Vin 909. I was in love with it before I even set foot into the building. For the past couple of years I would take the drive past Downtown Annapolis into Eastport, and would always stare in awe of the building the wine cafe is housed in. It was one of those things that I romanticized without ever getting out of the car and having a glass of wine myself.
Well one time last Summer I actually got out and was all set to walk in. You know what happened though? It was in between the hours of lunch and dinner. Of course it was closed. Of course it wasn’t supposed to happen then. Was it ever going to happen? You know I could just plan ahead, make reservations, and make all the proper arrangements to walk in. But isn’t it more exciting for the spontaneous?
So I kept on making a few more drive sand remained enamored with the restaurant. And I’ll be honest many of those times was when business was opened. I just wanted to amuse myself, but also build anticipation for there would be day I walk in and hopefully it lived up to the immense sense of hype I’ve given this place.
Over two years later and the goofy build-up later all finally ended last Thursday.
And it was done in style.
This was a momentous occasion to be shared so thankfully I did have company. I was forewarned that it’s best to make reservations or otherwise the wait will be 30 minutes or more.
That’s about the amount of time we waited but no big deal. It gave time to peruse the menu. admire the bar, the two dining rooms, and the waiting area. It’s a sight to behold for sure. I didn’t picture the place be as big as it was either. Absolutely beautiful.
This is a wine blog first and foremost. There was wine had, as well as a nuts, olives, an incredible salad, and a world class pizza. More on the pizza later.
How was the vino? We went with a bottle based on name. We didn’t see a label but the name Incredible Red by Peachy Canyon was enough to win us over. This was without even reading over the grape. It’s a Zinfandel by the way. I haven’t written about many so this was a great opportunity to discover.
Traditionally this has not been one of my favorite grapes. The Zin’s I’ve had have been met with mixed reviews. Not this one…
The 2014 Incredible Red from Peachy Canyon is a break from that mold. Oh it tastes like a Zin alright. But the scents of blackberry and black cherry were immediate upon uncorking. I’m not that much of an expert to detect nutmeg and vanilla. Actually vanilla makes sense based on the theme of the day. (For more on that click here) The synopsis mentions a smoky aroma taking over. I did taste smoke. It was earthy to me as well. But that also could be the taste of pepper on the palate. There’s so much to this wine that if I have it again it’ll taste differently.
But the olives and nuts that were paired with this wine brought about new flavors, and also showed me that this wine was anything but a disappointing Zin. This was a grower.
The salad that paired with the wine isn’t listed on the online menu but it was incredible. Are you detecting a theme? The title of this one says it all. The wine, the nuts, the olives, the salad, and that pizza were all shall you say, wonderful and incredible.
I will get to more on that pizza later.
When the food is this extraordinary, when the company is great, and the whole vibe of the evening is off-the-charts, this wine goes to a whole new level of awesome.
I haven’t seen this wine on my radar anywhere. If it’s been at sitting at a local wine shoppe it completely went overlooked.
That’s a topic for another day. There’s a plethora of wine that many of us walk right past not knowing, We don’t even think about it. We have our favorites, are willing to try new ones, but so many go unnoticed, or this is all part of the journey. Not every wine is going to be had but many wines are meant to be tried.
And at only $15 retail, this is as a good a deal as any. At Vin 909 it was only $28. To be less than twice the bottle price at any restaurant is a heck of a deal. Leave in it to Vin 909 to do it right.
This is hopefully the first of many visits. Since this is wintertime and our dinner was at night, the outdoor dining area was unavailable. I intend for my next review and recap to take place during the warmer weather months. The romance continues.
And any place that supports a close friends’ organization, which is Anne Arundel County CASA, is deserving of all the praise and all the business.
More to come on Friday.
Thanks so much,