Great Grapes or how wine tasting became fun

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Wine. I absolutely love it but I must admit I used to be a bit afraid of it. Which goes with what? Do I swirl, spit, snort? The stress of it all. Enter some of the great wine pourers in Durham to remedy my confusion. I have to give credit where credit is due – Bar Lusconi. Dean said his goal was to get me off Charles Shaw and while there are still bottles in my house, yes he did open my eyes to the world of great wine. I still adore Bar Lusconi and if you’ve not been, you’re missing out. This post however is about the new kid in town Rx Wine Lab. The Rx is an ode to the City of Medicine, see what they did there? Rx is almost the anti-wine bar. The music is more whiskey bar cool. The wine descriptions are cheeky. The sommeliers roam the room in throwback t-shirts, jeans and blazers taking the wine seriously but not themselves. Fred, along with his team, love introducing folks to new and unusual wines. My approach is I tell them all the qualities I don’t like in wines and from their they make suggestions that are usually perfect for my palate. If you want to enjoy some great wines in a relaxing atmosphere, check out RX Wine Lab Friday and Saturday nights at Golden Belt where they share space with Carrboro Roasters. Coffee shop by day, wine bar by night. They are open 6PM-midminght offering flights, glasses and bottles as well as meat and cheese plates. Beginning April 8 they’ll be open Wednesday through Saturday.

They also offer wine classes: Thursday, March 26, California Dreaming, sample 8 wines from California, 6:30-8PM, $45

Thursday, April 2, North Carolina Meets the World of Wine, pairing NC cheeses and meats with wine, 6:30-8PM, $50.00

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