However, I’ve been in a mood. I’ve been in many moods. But all moods point to wine. That sounded worse than I intended it to be. I wasn’t in the mood to drink copious amounts, no no. The weather is our friend and that means new grapes, new varietals, and new everything is our friend. New experiences are always our friend. I’m grateful they’re a friend to me.
Familiar places are a friend as well. And as some are just there to exist and be out of convenience, V-NO (past stories can be found right here hooray!) has been a staple of Fells Point, a staple to wine lovers, and a staple to people who enjoy celebrating life. Sitting outside when the weather is cooperative doesn’t hurt either.
Me and a pal decided to stop in recently and randomly, and those always make the best stories.
And I was in the mood for Albariño…
What makes this wine great is it can be light or full bodied, and have characteristics of fruits of the season (pear, pineapple, apricot among others come to mind), high acidity content, and has an aura and energy that maybe you can’t put into words.
You can tell it comes from somewhere far away. And I might once again mean something bigger than us, but Spain will do. Spanish wines have always won me over, red or white, and the one I’m going to talk about is no exception.
The 2017 Bodegas Aquitania Bernon Albarino is fantastic. And what makes it that is it feels unpretentious, welcoming, and just a great wine and a great price ($11-$13), but until today I haven’t seen it or noticed anywhere. Maybe I wasn’t supposed to.
There isn’t much else to say, except the outside was packed, which is a great thing to see. When we see local business thriving and people enjoying themselves with whatever their supporting, sipping, or enjoying it’s a wonderful thing to see.
No matter what your preference, a wine like this can be enjoyed inside, outside, with all types of food, and all types of company that will make you feel good and raise your spirits.
We got a couple of small plates that just added to the authenticity of everything. The almond and cashews topped with all these incredible seasonings (thyme, sage, rosemary, and a dash of a maple syrup), and the Mediterranean plate of grape leaves (which was the highlight for me), hummus, pita bread,and olives made this not only satisfying but never full. But still satisfying.
This was not the day to get full, fat, and happy. The goal was to eat light, sip light (one glass was all I needed), and to appreciate the day and my surroundings. That isn’t a stated or explained goal everyday, but my intent is to have that stay with me as long as I can, for as long as I can.
Good wines, good times, and good food is what you’ll find here. Their wine list for purchase (which you can drink right here or purchase to go) is exceptional and there’s something for everybody to enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed…
See you next time…