I recently made a trip to Seventh Street Wine Company located here in Fort Lauderdale at SE 7th St and US-1.
It was a fun opportunity to try a handful of different wines and not have to pay for a whole glass or bottle.
Here is how it works: you put money onto a card, it looks like a credit card with a small chip in it. First time minimum of $25 and a card set-up fee of $3 (you can keep the card for later visits). They have round machines with wine bottles placed around them and the bottles are hooked up to a pump, you insert your card into a slot, push the button above the wine you want to taste and you are dispensed a 1 oz. shot of that wine.
The prices for each taste/bottle if you choose to buy are placed above, as well as a description of the wine. In the center of the room there is a pitcher of water and a bucket where you can rinse your glass. They have temperature controlled wine dispensers in the back for white wine and sake, and a cigar lounge outside.
They have plenty of wines for sale that are not available to taste as well as a nice craft beer selection.
Here are the wines I tried: (a couple don’t have pictures because I didn’t really enjoy them and forgot to photograph)
- White Rose Estate 2008 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
- Warwick Pinotage 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Ruca Malen Malbec Reserve 2008, Mendoza, Argentina
- Imperial Reserve Rioja 2004, Spain
- Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2008, Italy. I think this is the famous Costco Montepulciano with the wooden stick attached that I am always hearing about. If anyone can confirm, I would love that!
Last but not least, this next wine is by far my favorite I tasted that night. It is called Ripassa, but is a Ripasso wine which is similar to an Amarone but less expensive 🙂
- Zenato, Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore – Their 2007 was in Wine Spectators top 100 wines of 2011
After Amarone fermentation the pomace (solids left over: grape skins, seeds, stems, pulp) are “re-passed” (hence Ripasso) over the Valpolicella that has already been fermented. This is then the second fermentation. This raises the alcohol level and gives the wine more body, color, and aroma. YUM!
Remember to Swirl, Smell, Sip and Savor!