There’s something about the Remington neighborhood in Baltimore that is so charming to me. And I may not even be talking about the whole neighborhood, but a tiny block or even half a block area has become another in a line of safe places to be that are away from everyone, yet in plain sight of those same everyone’s.
What strikes me is how just a couple of years ago, this was a neighborhood that had all the telltale signs of expansion but looked fine in before pictures, and looks similar in after, with a few masterful additions.
While one place has become a source of necessary health and healing, another is more of the same on a different level. R. House (I wrote about it once before) has been a source of new food, new experiences, and just a place for rebirth, rejuvenation, and welcome solitude.
On several occasions I’ve been here with friends, but recently it’s always been me and just me. And this is a place where it’s ok to be just you. Actually most places can fit that fold if you see fit and makes you feel good if that resonates within your heart and soul. But something about R. House just feels so comforting, so familiar, and so divine. It’s as if I’ve been here before in a previous life, but can’t connect all the dots just yet. Not that I’m supposed to nor ever will, but it’s fun to romanticize.
And this place is worthy of all the romanticizing. There’s a dozen or so food choices that didn’t exist just a few years ago. And it just has this welcoming aura from the outside and from the open you open those double doors. Yes it’s those simple things that really get me, move me, and fill my spirit whole.
Then nestled right in the middle is the r.bar…
I’ve always love the r.bar from afar, yet I was right there. In all previous visits it only consisted of getting food to go or dining in. And to me dining in some ways has been a life changing experience. Sometimes a couple hours sitting in complete and utter nothingness have gone by, without realizing. To call it cathartic would be a statement. And it would be the right one…
The r. bar is just the same. I don’t know anyone that regularly hangs out here. There’s friends that have their places to go, just like I do. Some are not always my favorite, but they’re safe, cozy, familiar, and there’s the path of least resistance factor.
Keep in mind, it’s only a bar but it symbolizes a lot. Sometimes going to different places means going at it alone. I’ve been going at it alone for 39 years and change, that I’m used to it in many ways by now.
Luckily, there’s a familiar face behind the bar who’ll make you feel good and welcome. I always feel welcome here even if I don’t know where the love is coming from, or it’s not actually ‘there’.
So coming from one place of healing to another means simply a glass of wine, nothing more nothing less. To me I don’t sense this is a place for rowdiness, it’s a place of peace, a place for folks to work, conduct business, enjoy a few friends, and in my case, enjoy solitude.
With that, the mutual recommendation was the 2015 Carménère from Falernia Winery (contact information here) was poured to perfection.
It’s getting colder out there, and while it may not be full bodied wine season, it was on this day. And I took my time sipping this thing, because I appreciated everything around me, which was a little noise, great ambiance, my friend behind the bar, but then it was just me. I take my few pictures and then that’s that.
This is a wine that will be a crowd pleaser at any party, whether it’s one that you’ll be attending in a couple of months or next week. I want to be careful with my language because to me it’s way too early to think about all the festivities in the next month or so, as fall is a season for letting go, grieving, and healing And to me, and I’m sure many others, it’s more important now than ever before.
Yes the tannins are big and bold, as a wine like this would be. The synopsis mentions there’s chocolate and vanilla on the nose, which I actually didn’t notice. But in hindsight I get it. It fits a wine like this. But most importantly, is it a wine you want? I loved it and I think in this instance almost anything would have worked. But I’m glad I had it at this moment in time, and nowhere else. Life is great like that.
I love R. House as the home away from home that it’s become for me. It’s convenient but there’s something much bigger going on here, and words don’t always need to apply or can apply. It’s just larger-than-life. That’s all I got right now.
It’s a glorious place that is meant to be shared with and embraced by everyone.
How it is in this incarnation is a masterpiece, and I can’t wait to see how it expands and evolves, even if doesn’t really need to.
Hopefully this will be revisited before the year is out.
Peace Be With You.