Friday, September 11, 2009
Welcome to Wine in Thyme
Along with the good, I'll probably share the bad. But, only if it's reeeeeallly bad and I think I should warn people away.
I'm fairly sure this blog will cover a lot of Italian food, because for now, it's my favorite. You'll also see a lot of mediocre pictures of food. I'm working on that.
Let's start with food. I recently returned from a short trip to Boston. Boston is one of my all-time favorite cities and has been since I met my very first boyfriend there many many years ago. But that is not why Boston has remained one of my favorite cities to visit.
I love Boston for its walkability, its smells, its people and its streets. It is absolutely one of the best cities to walk around and see things you won't find in any other American city. For instance, Boston has it's "historic North End". You'll find the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House in the North End. It's bordered by the Boston waterfront, and what used to be a cramped, busy, working-class Italian neighborhood has been recreated as a tourist destination. One of the North End's best-known landmarks, 250 year-old Faneuil Hall (also known as Quincy Market), is more than a market center selling veggies and meats to the locals, it has become part market, part restaurant, part boutiques, - in other words, a tourist magnet.
When you've had your fill of Faneuil, I would encourage you to walk two blocks from Faneuil Hall to see the rest of the North End. Yes, it is filled with tourists looking for a great meal, but who can blame them? What you'll find is the same working-class Italian neighborhood of years gone by, but now you'll be able to understand the people on the street, because they actually speak Boston instead of Italian.
And trust me, you can't go to Boston without visiting the North End (well you can, but not if you want a good authentically Italian meal.)
This was labeled for the J. Wesley vineyards, but it was produced by Uwharrie Vineyards, which is located east of Charlotte in Albemarle, NC. I visited the Uwharrie Vineyard in September and was able to enjoy a nice wine tasting for just $7. For my $7 investment I received a mini-education on NC wines and a Uwharrie wine glass. We started with the whites and worked our way through the reds. As I mentioned, the majority of the wines were grapy, particularly their muscat.
Why did I buy a J. Wesley wine if I was at Uwharrie you ask? Because the wine specialist (I really have to work on my wine vocabulary) said it was the exact same vintage as the Uwharrie Cab I tasted, but because it was private-labeled and being discontinued, they were priced at half the Uwharrie rate. So I bought two bottles... Right now, I wish I had bought more.