You know how you go to a certain establishment, whether it be a restaurant, a bar, a grocery store, a library, a church, a winery, or anything for that matter; sometimes you feel an energy that seems familiar. You know it from somewhere but you can’t quite place it. The joke might be that if you’ve been there before but just don’t remember, it might not feel so spiritually enlightening upon further investigation.
But something about Red Red Wine Bar feels like it’s a place that I’ve been to not just last year, or a random visit when I’m in Annapolis. But somewhere else. Whether it’s a previous lifetime, or something bigger than any of us, I don’t know. But there’s a vibe in there that I can’t put into words, I don’t need to put into words, but I’m going to to my best anyways.
Red Red Wine Bar once again made the transformation into the Jingle Bell Bar for another year, and from the outside to the interior, it looks spectacular.
And just like last year (post can be found here) there was another fantastic holiday event promoted in conjunction with Anne Arundel County County Appointed Special Advocates (CASA for short).
The non-profit is something I’ve been a supporter of now for a couple of years and I’m grateful to call the Executive Director a dear friend, and even more so, family. And thankfully, I’m grateful to have made further friends involved with this great organization along the way. All that feeling of love and friendship is heightened during the holidays, and this event symbolized that. But like I was saying, so does this bar. It’s the perfect match, of now just what is great about Annapolis, or the holidays, but this journey of life in and of itself.
And just like last year we had a guest bartender who took good care of us, along with the great staff.
Something else awesome happened on this night. Just when I thought things couldn’t get more surreal, serendipitous, and spectacular (I did that on purpose, yes..) I checked out the wines that they had on tap, and saw they were serving Annapolis’ own Great Frogs Winery, and I am huge fan (evidence of that can be found here), and it just made this night all that more special. It’s those little things, that are the big things to me. How apropos to be having a hometown wine in a neighboring bar. Beautiful.
Great Frogs’ 2015 Capital Red Blend was the wine of choice, and since it wasn’t on tap, I can’t show you a picture of the bottle nor can I find it on their site. But that’s ok, the notes tell you all you need to know. And when there’s Cabernet Franc, that will usually make myself and many others quite happy. Mixing Cab Franc with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot can yield all types of results depending on the quality of the wine, your palate, and your mood.
I was in a great mood, my palate loves all these grapes, and Great Frogs is no slouch. They are well respected in Maryland and I’m willing to bed in many parts of the country as well. That segues into their wines being able to be shipped in a plethora of states across the nation.
This blend is perfect for the colder weather, the holidays, and maybe everything before and after that, if that makes any sense. It’s fruit forward but not too sweet. And when you have you tannins as smooth as this, with the Cab Franc, it’s going to be a winner. And this is all on tap! This was tremendous. This is tremendous.
The Capital Red Blend is not listed, which is a bummer, but I’m sure there’s a wine or two that might cater to ones liking. The price points may be a tad higher for some, and I totally get that, and I would be lying if I’ve ever purchased a bottle of there’s myself. That’s not to say I wouldn’t in time, for a special occasion or for any reason to share with friends.
And this is where we are, this was a night of friendship, love, goodwill, and helping out an incredible cause. I was going to go into detail about the other two wines, but it doesn’t feel right. This may have to happen another time.
Which leads me to another story. I had intentions of visiting Great Frogs the day after Thanksgiving. They held a festive event for the day after, which many places did, since people are off and many are out shopping that day. Circumstances and life prevented me from attending, which tells me it wasn’t my time just yet. And I know it will be soon. Other than that, I know visits to Great Frogs are by reservation only. It’s only a matter of time.
Several years ago, I actually was at a residence not realizing that the winery was footsteps away surrounded by the most incredible shrubbery. The images you might be having in your head are as picturesque as being there in person. Too bad I’ve only been in, around, and in the vicinity of the winery, and had the pleasure of tasting their wines at wine festivals in the area.
It’s only a matter of time…
But what’s most important is to appreciate the present, and all the good things we’ve done this holiday season. We’ve hopefully gone to some great parties, spent it with some fantastic people, of course eaten some delicious food, and embraced all the little quirks and joys that this holiday can bring. And of course that music, some great, and some that can drive you crazy. I think the staff at Red Red Wine Bar/Jingle Bell Bar can attest to that.
But this is all the stuff (and so much more) that makes the holidays what they are. And that’s such a beautiful thing to be a part of.
As I first said, I have a connection with this place, that’s within a town I love so much, and to spend it with people I love and adore so much, is something that will resonate with me forever.
This was fun, and this year was just as delightful as last. Every year, every event, every situation can tell a different and compelling story. This is one that has a great beginning, middle, and end, yet it’s still to be continued…
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Peace Be With You…