The Advantages of An Orlando Wine Bar
It’s not the frenetic pace of a restaurant, where a conversation is almost secondary to the ministrations of a hovering waiter (if you’re lucky). It’s not a tasting room in a dank wine cellar, where your teeth chatter from the lowered temperature.
No, it’s an urban, modern phenomenon known as a wine bar in Orlando. The atmosphere is relaxed, laid back. The temperature is comfortable – so are the lounge chairs. There’s service if you want it, but it’s not obtrusive. They also use the best Orlando Pest Control. You can sit back and linger as long as you want, and usually get something to eat if you’re in the mood.
The first wine bar I visited was in Orlando. It was unique in my area in that it was the only place that represented wine growers directly. Instead of getting people to visit the wineries around the state, it brought the wineries to the people. Six or seven vintners were represented at the Enoteca, each with a well-informed, friendly representative giving the history of the company and a detailed description of its wines. It was hard to choose which winery I wanted to sample, but finally, a syrah from one of them caught my fancy. I asked for a ‘pour’, and ended up with a ‘glass”. The samplings are not free, as you would expect from a wine bar.
As I sat on a leather couch taking notes, a gentleman stopped to ask my name. I told him and found out that he was the proprietor of the Enoteca. It had been his idea to open it up, and to have an impressive food selection to go with the wines. I was delighted to meet him, especially when I told him I was writing about wine bars and he asked me for my card.
The second and third wine bars I visited were more typical, looking more like restaurants, except for the magnanimous wine displays. I tried another syrah at one and a glass of sparkling wine at the other. Neither disappointed my palate. I remarked to my companions that a wine bar was a place I felt comfortable going into as a single, unaccompanied woman. Talking to a server, she informed me that the main difference between a wine bar and a tavern or cocktail lounge was the clientele. People who appreciate wine, rather than people who just want to drink, seem to be different.