Vino Wine and Tapas Room in Encino, CA & 2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

On this beautiful Memorial Day, we would like to remember those who have fallen in service of our country. You will always be honored for your service. And thank you to those who have served and continue to serve today. We are so grateful.

On Saturday of this Memorial Day weekend, we decided to check out a new place for some wine tasting. We weren’t sure where to go so we decided to check out the trusted and handy Yelp. And it came through for us! We noticed a place called Vino Wine and Tapas Room in Encino, which is only a few miles from our home.

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We were surprised we had never heard of this place as we are usually on top of the places serving good wine in our area. But we found out they have been around for about 6 years. Huh!

We loved their wine list. They had bottles – around 100 – of various varietals from all over the world in all price ranges. To start, we decided to try a couple of the red wine flights. Steve got the First Class (most expensive flight at $20) and I got the Business Class (the second most expensive at $15). Steve enjoyed a Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Malbec, while I was given a Merlot, Zinfandel and Malbec. We couldn’t tell you which ones as we didn’t jot them down – it was a date night so we didn’t want to be working too hard 🙂 All in all, they were very tasty and enjoyable.

The bottle we do remember is the one the bartender recommended: 2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. It came with quite the price tag of $130 (about $70 retail) but Jane wanted to splurge as she just got back from a film shoot in Hong Kong and Shanghai and needed some pampering. Needless to say it was a tough shoot.

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The Caymus was everything we enjoy: smooth, full-bodied, lots of layers, deep fruit flavors, and a beautiful color and richness. Lovely all around. We highly recommend it.

We also recommend Vino. It’s a fun little place with happy hour every day. The neighborhood isn’t anything to write home about but once you’re inside the charming setting it’s comfortable. There weren’t that many people when we arrived at 6p but it filled up by 7:30p and was really thriving. We sat at the bar so we could have the bartender’s attention and be able to discuss the wines with him. He was very knowledgeable and we had a great time talking about the wine he was serving us.

Oh and did we mention the food was wonderful too?

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We had Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes) and Champinones (sauteed mushrooms and garlic) Definitely check it out and if you are in the mood to celebrate, go for the Caymus. You won’t regret it.

 

 

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