2010 Domaine de la Solitude, Côtes du Rhône
I’ve seen a lot of airports, and rarely have I found an oasis — my little escape from all of the other speedwalking travelers — to relax and have a decent glass of wine. There are the usual burger joints, the pubs, the diners, the fast foodie spots and chewy seafood bars on the concourse. Doesn’t matter where you go, that’s pretty much it. Until a few years ago. Was I pleasantly surprised when I stumbled on to Concourse A at BWI airport in Baltimore! I spied a little wine shop called Vino Volo. Skeptical though I was, I was drawn in. Oasis! Check out their website www.vinovolo.com for locations. Recently, I tried a 2010 Côtes du Rhône with the traditional SGM* blend of that region. On the nose: Black cherries, jam and violets. Holding its elegant cherriness throughout the glass, the deep red blend presented an added treat of a little espresso here, a little chocolate and tobacco there. Oasis. $25/bottle.
*Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
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