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December 4, 2007

The next Fab Five Friday

Well, I was going to do the five best wine bars, but Sun uber-foodie Elizabeth Large struck first with the Top Ten wine bars around town last week.

So instead, this week's Fab Five Friday will be the best wine tastings.

Got any suggestions? 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 4:20 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


We just went to the wine tasting @ Cinghale. $49 for 8 wines. The actual bar is really cool. The wine tasting setup was just okay. I didn't really find it to be "fun". But, Tony Foreman was very knowledgeable in his wines. The anitpasto that came with the wine tasting was delicious, along with the bread.


That sounds pretty expensive.

Was it really worth that much?

Not about wine, but Clipper City gives a tour and has a tasting afterward. They have the tours once or twice a month. It used to be free for the samples, but now it is $5 (I think I messed it up for everybody! Sorry!) and you get a sampling glass to keep. Plus you get to see how they make the delicious handcrafted ales.

Yeah, I felt that it was expensive. But, we thought we'd give it a shot. Considering that we used to live on the same block as The Vine in South Baltimore, and frequented their $5 Winesdays I wouldn't really say that it was worth it.

Some of the wines that we sampled @ Cinghale where very good, then again I'm not the biggest wine expert. If anything it was good to go, b/c my wife and I are planning on going to Italy possibly this summer, and the tasting dealt with Wines from Tuscany.

Tony was very knowledgeable with the geography and facets of the towns where the vineyards where located. They do have wine flights that you can also order for around $30 to $40, as well. We stuck around to have dinner after the wine tasting and found it to be very good and not too expensive.

i took part in a wine basics class at Bin 604 that was pretty informative and fun, and i know they have tastings regularly.

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