There’s Something Happening Somewhere


This is a continuation from last week, literally.

I will look back fondly on this night for no reason in particular.  Not one specific thing made this anything stand out, other than it just stands out.   The evening wasn’t planned in any way, and in the world we live in, with invites, technology, and so many things put together in advance, to have spontaneity is easier than we think it is.

I’m guilty of this as well.  I’m all for organization and having things to look forward to.  But not everything.   Some of my favorite times involved little to no planning at all.

Which brings us to Avenue Kitchen & Bar in the wonderful Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore.

Some time ago I wanted to write about the opening.  Writing about restaurants and being a critic is really not my business.  I’m not here to talk about all the nuances or find flaws for the sake of finding them.  That may be sounding passive aggressive but that’s not where I’m going with this.   There’s a reason I wasn’t supposed to write about them back then.  It was crowded, it was busy, and it wasn’t the time or place.  There’s always signs.  And I applaud their success.

On a weekday night my friend and I had discussed stopping by after our first stop to see if our friends would be there.   Literally minutes after this was discussed, as we were walking down the street, we saw mutual friends hanging out, along with a few other surprise guests.

The faces and names were familiar, so it was as if the cosmos put us altogether, if even for only 30-45 minutes.  Time stood still so I honestly don’t remember how long we were there, but it was glorious.  The weather was pitch perfect and any chance to sit outside with friends, enjoying life, and enjoying wine is always a beautiful thing.

Avenue Kitchen has a wine list that I can only say needs to be revisited again.  And that’s a good thing.

We showed up to see our friends enjoying the 2017 Domaine San de Guilhem Côtes de Gascogne,  a White Blend of Colombard (which I knew nothing about until researching today) and Sauvignon Blanc, which we all know and love.  Well I would like to think so.


This is a wine to drink right now.  Most wines are but I think you know what I mean.  At approximately $9 a bottle at your local retailer, this is worth the price and then some.  With a taste of grapefruit and lemon, this is just what I wanted.  I like my whites with a bitter and sour taste to go with the sweets.  Yet this was still sweet enough it’s going to win you over.  It won me over. I was grateful to savor a glass with friends from a bottle that had already been opened.  Aren’t those always the best kind?

The best kind is also the one shared with friends, old and new.  Since many of us were in a jovial mood, that’s the just icing.  I think the wine would be great regardless of situation.  It was ideal for the warm weather yet knowing that the seasons are in transition.  That’s a tough pill to swallow but one where we can still look at things half full and appreciate what’s going on.

And what a night to appreciate it was.  I think the best is yet to come, and I want to save a bigger story for later.  I’ve said that about past wines and venues before and some of those stories have yet to be told.  I hope to elaborate on a food and wine experience at Avenue next time.  But for now I will appreciate this night for what it was, spontaneous and awesome.


Peace Be With You.




One thought on “There’s Something Happening Somewhere

  1. Alan says:

    Thank you very much for the kind words about one of our wines. We work hard to try and select high quality wines with great value.
    Alan Cohen
    Vignobles LVDH


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