Today I venture into the wine arena. I like wine, preferably red. I have a similar philosophy about wine as I do about food. I appreciate the good wines but I don’t have the bank to indulge in the expensive stuff so I look for a bargain that tastes good. I think sometimes the wine makers sell the sizzle rather than the steak. It is possible to get real good wines without breaking the bank.
About a month ago I attended a family function and met an old buddy, Rick. In the spirit of full disclosure Rick and I tended bar together in a past life. I say, “Hey Rick what you been up to?” He replies, “I opened a wine shop.” I say, “I been writing a blog about food and travel and stuff,” and he says “Come on by!” So we do.
We’re at Rick’s Wine Cellar at 207 Corte Madera Ave. in Corte Madera. You know that crazy four way intersection with three stop signs, proceed with caution. Rick and his wife Candy have taken over an old wine shop and lovingly remodeled it. The place is pristine. Rick has managed every detail. A beautiful tasting bar and a private room in the rear, decorated with colorful paintings from a local artist. What appealed to me were the weekly flights that allow you to compare three or four wines made from the same grape.
I tell Rick that I’m a bit of tightwad when it comes to wine and he says it’s his mission to bring unique wines from all price ranges to his shop. The guy is a fountain of wine knowledge and is truly customer service oriented. There is also a large selection of meat and cheese plates available. What a great place to hang out after work. Take home a bottle or case of your favorites and start wining.
Mr Rick mans the tasting bar