Vinoteca is a wonderful wine bar in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC. It’s also conveniently around the corner from Ben’s Chili Bowl, if you’re into late-night noshing after wine.
But I digress. One reason Vinoteca is such a fun experience is that they offer wine in three portions — tastes, full glasses, and bottles. And unlike some places, they don’t mark up the price for the fairly generous taste, which comes in at about 50% of the full glass price. That means you have plenty of opportunity to taste a wide variety and find a new favorite, without killing your wallet or overtaxing your tolerance.
A recent great find: Cederberg’s Bukettraube (2007). This South African is much like a Muscat or Gewürtztraminer, but even juicier and less acidic. This wine also has an absolutely to-die-for nose: take a deep whiff, and it’s all peaches and honeysuckle. And not in that wine-speakey “I detect notes of peach”-kind of way. This fruit knocks you over and kisses you hard on the mouth, connoisseur or not. Fantastic.
I let three friends sample the Bukettraube, and they all agreed that while it’s a sweet white, it’s never cloying. Slightly drier than a dessert wine, and juicy with fruit flavors, this is a new favorite.
A little research reveals that Cederberg’s Bukettraube retails for between $12-16. Yippee!