Imbibe: First & Decanted Thursdays at Arcadia Fine Wines
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What to expect: "Decanted Thursdays are an entre to new clientele to experience new wines," says Katherine Conrad, vice president of marketing and wine goddess at Arcadia. Read: An introduction to the store's boutique wine selection and "concierge-style service."
Half a dozen wines are handpicked for the weekly tasting list, priced by-the-glass from $7 to $20-plus, and offered at the discounted rate of no more than $11 each Thursday.
(Click through for the wine pick of the week, plus our rundown of the pros and cons.)
Conrad tips her hand this week and recommends the budget-friendly Bright Light White, a California blend of chardonnay, albariño and gewürztraminer that retails for $15.50 per bottle.
"It's really approachable," she says. "It has great acidity, a pear aroma from the albariño, the chardonnay is also a little more round-bodied, and the gewürztraminer adds just a slightly sweet finish, but it is a dry wine."
Remember: Arcadia is a wine boutique, not a bar, and capacity is 25. Plan accordingly for an intimate, albeit slightly cozy, wine lesson. If you're looking for happy hour, head elsewhere.
Pros: It's actually educational and enjoyable. The intimate setting means you get to pick the wine goddesses brains: They're a wealth of knowledge and more than willing to cater the information they share to your wine-level, whether you just picked up your first bottle last week or have your own 1,000-bottle cellar.
"We're here to help educate people, take the pretentiousness out of a very elite product and help people learn more about what they like and love," Conrad says.
Cons: Arcadia focuses solely on wine, which means no food. Be responsible and nibble on something beforehand or plan on grabbing a bite to eat after. Better yet, get a bottle of wine at the tasting and bring home or out for dinner.
When and where: Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.