I wandered out today to pick up the ingredients that I needed to make my 'homework'. This week in Basics II it was part II of eggs and souffles were the agenda. Since I did mine (Souffle de crevette with a Mousseline Hollandaise) in class on Tuesday with a partner we divided the tasks and I thought it would be good if I tried one start to finish.
I started out at the Whole Foods over on Beacon St. and picked up all my ingredients. I was debating having the champagne already chilling in my fridge with my homework when I noticed the new wine store across the street had opened.
The pull was just too great. The location is small, it was a former
florist shop and has all glass windows facing the street. Inside are lovely wood floors and high ceilings, the counter is sumptuous padded
leather, and the surrounding walls have beautiful dark wood squares
that hold the wines.
Since I was the only person in the store at the moment I was immediately approached and asked if I needed help. I told him I wanted a white to stand up to a seafood based souffle and a salad. I also said Chardonnay was my least favourite wine.
He immediately pulled out two. A South Australian Riesling from Yalumba Winery (Y series 2003) for $10.25 and a South Australian Sauvignon Blanc from Nepenthe (2003) for $17.00. He also showed me a red that based on name alone I had to buy, Jumilla Wrongo Dongo from Bodegas Juan Gil (Spain 2003) for $8.50.
It had suddenly dawned on me that he hadn't asked me how much I wanted to spend, typically a first question in other wine places. That was when I found out the fabulous premise behind vinodivino.
Over 70% of their wines are $20.00 or under.
They are all rated 85 or higher by the big three: Parker, Wine Spectator and Tanzer
Their top 10 selections are all rated 90 or higer
Oh joy, oh happiness, oh grape love!
Each bottle is wrapped for you in tissue, enclosed with a sticker, the same card from the shelf is included giving you the Producer, Vintage, Country, Region, Sub Region, Maturity and tasting notes as well as Food Pairings.
I quite frankly am in love. Last night was the Riesling and it was divine.
Go visit them if you are in the neighborhood, you won't regret it. I'm sure I will see you there.
899 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02461