Everyone wants to spend their few spare dollars wisely lately. We want “more bang for a buck” “qualitiy vs. quantity” and so on right? As a wine lover, your pass time is buying and drinking wine so let’s look and a great way to enhance your buying power. It’s called the “in store wine tasting”!
Here in Lexington, Ky. not only are there local wineries to try tasting with, there are also several independent wine stores to seek out. One can create their own wine tasting trail to revisit every week even! Each wine store offers a different slant on their presentations so it always stays interesting. Let’s look at three of the best.
Wine and Market on Jefferson and Second St. does their tastings every Friday from 5-8. The wines are presented by the owner and usually consists of four boutique wines that are $20 and under. The space is rustic and quaint and really feels like a little shop tucked away somewhere in France. As the owner is sommelier certified you are assured to have good knowledge of the wines and buying advice bestowed upon you.
The next leg in the trail is Shorty’s Wine Cellar on Short St. Their tastings are every Thursday from 5-7 and are presented by a local distributor. Again four wines are tasted and the representative will guide you through each one helping you decide if this is what you are looking for. The wines are again worldy but also more recognizable in some cases. Prices range $25 and under.
The last location is Wines On Vine 400 Old Vine St. Their tastings are every Wednesday from 5-7:30. The tastings are a little more educational and broadening. 4-5 wines are presented by the wine buyer and the supplier who represents them, each bestowing fun facts and tidbits about the wines as well as making one understand what their tasting and why they like it. The wines are even more boutique and handcrafted from around the world. Here the bar is raised with some tastedwines as high as $45. This is a real treat, especially if one is looking for something to cellar or give as a gift. One nice aspect is the bistro attached, so one can stay and eat a buy a bottle from the tasting without a corking fee!.
All these tastings are free and it’s like going to sommelier school without paying. Anyone who loves wine should take over advantage of visiting these three store as often as possible to try and BUY your wines. It is proper etiquette that since the tastings are free, to take home a bottle of the one liked. One will never go home and be unhappy with the money spent on the bottle. Of course, now one can go back and rebuy the wines tried without fear and since all stores carry different selections, your wine cellar will be versatile.
So grab your wine loving friends and hit the trail. Your wallet and your palate will thank you!.
Cynhtia Jo “CJ” Penn