The Grape

By xerocube | May 19, 2006

I would like to tell you about an experience I had last night. Last night, I took Brandy out on a shopping date at The Summit. For those of you who are not familiar with The Summit, it is a upper-scale lifestyle center (read: outdoor mall). Scattered throughout the well-manicured landscape are several swank retail establishments and restaurants. Among those, we discovered a jewel.

I’ve heard of this place before, and even visited once before, but did not realize the full potential of the boutique until last night. I am speaking about The Grape. We came across the storefront, and deided to stop in.

The Grape is all about wine, but not in the snooty uppity way. They specialize in making wine accessible to the common man, like me. The wine selection is not the most expansive in the world, but what the offer is of the highest calibur. And their focus: finding the wines that appeal to your tastes.

The approach is simple. Each type of wine is assigned a number: your grape number. On their chart, they have 10 grape numbers; each number given a general description of taste. Based on your tastes, you select a number, and then you can choose one of the many different wines in that category. I must admit, it seems simple, but effective. I haven’t selected a wine I haven’t liked yet (and I sampled over 10 different types last night).

Ah, the sampling. Located in the rear of the store is a Wine Bar where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine and relax with some of the gourmet food, served tapas style. The staff at The Grape is very approachable, knowledgable about wine, and highly entertaining. What’s more is the fact that the guide you with appropriate wine-pairings with your meal, as to provide with the most pleasurable experience possible. And yes, I say experience. To top of the night, a jazz duo was playing out on the patio. One last note, as far a price is concerned, everything (from wine to food) is very reasonably priced. Amazing…

If you are in the area, or if there is a Grape near you, I’d highly recommend this establishment to anyone.

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