wine tasting at Whole Foods

I’ve been bragging to BK about great the liquor laws are here in Chicago, including the giant Whole Foods in Lincoln Park with two bars in it. And since I miss making dinner with him, I decided to take him on a boozy Whole Foods trip.

Upon entry, we stopped at the first bar in the store, which was filled with people watching da Bears. A pint of beer for him and a glass of wine for me while we shopped. And then we went to the in-store wine and cheese bar, where they do frequent wine and cheese flights. Fortunately for us, the day we were there, they just so happened to be doing a Spanish flight as their specialty flight, which they do every Sunday. Obviously we were immediately sold and we each plunked down $17 for an awesome spread.

The pairings were perfect. We started with a 2007 Llopart Brut Rose  paired with a Cana de Cabre, a goat cheese from Murcia. I’m not usually a big rose fan but I do like Spanish roses. A white came next – the 2009 Gessami Blanco, a crisp muscat-Gewurtztraminer blend that was paired with another Murcia goat cheese, the Murcio Aged Curado Goat. These were followed by two reds and a sherry. I normally prefer sheep and goat cheeses, but my favorite of the bunch ended up being a cow’s milk cheese – a Mahon from the island of Menorca.

The plates came with candied rhubarb, quince paste, nuts and water crackers for BK, gluten-free crackers for me. By the end of it, I was feeling pretty good, if you know what I mean. So good, in fact, that I ended up dropping a lot more dough than I’d anticipated for a grocery trip. Ooops. I wish I’d written down tasting notes too… Oh well. Next time.

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One Response to wine tasting at Whole Foods

  1. OLIVIA says:

    Drunk grocery shopping! BEST. I just got back from Whole Foods with a 6-pack of Redbridge… while I’m happy enough with that I wish it were wine! or that it wasn’t illegal to drink IN the store. JEALOUS of your state laws :)

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