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Feb
10

Does everybody know your name?

I have a special request!

A large part of my job includes overseeing a fantastic wine bar that features boutique wines that the company I manage produces. So in the spirit of trying to make this wine bar a great experience I’d love to have your input on some of the following items – or any other suggestions you’d care to share!

  1. Does a boutique wine bar appeal to you?
  2. What kind of atmosphere is the most comfortable – energetic/bustling, quiet/mellow, etc?
  3. What kind of events would draw you in – meet the winemaker, food pairings, blind/systematic tastings, wine education seminars, etc?
  4. Are you familiar with the wine-club concept?
  5. How important is live music?
  6. If it were convenient, how often would you visit a wine bar?

I’d love to get your answers on some of these. Also, if you have time and can check out our website and facebook I’d love to get your feedback on those as well. :-)

http://www.tvwinecollective.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wine-Collective/99622903385

And now, my blogging is done, and I’m waiting with bated breath!

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4 Responses to “Does everybody know your name?”


  1. 1 Kevin
    February 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Here goes:

    Does a boutique wine bar appeal to you?
    Yes, but the ones I’ve been to have been a bit on the pricey side (per glass), so value would be critical.

    What kind of atmosphere is the most comfortable – energetic/bustling, quiet/mellow, etc?
    Depends on the situation. If out with friends, then energetic would be preferred. If alone with my honey, then mellow.

    What kind of events would draw you in – meet the winemaker, food pairings, blind/systematic tastings, wine education seminars, etc?
    Food pairings. Actually, anything to do with food. :-) Bite-sized samples would be awesome. And since I’m not big on fishy fish, please leave out the salmon skin fritters, mussel stew, and anchovy tapanade.

    Are you familiar with the wine-club concept? Yes, but I’m not enough of a wine drinker to ever seriously consider one.

    How important is live music?
    Not important at all, although I’d certainly appreciate super-mellow live music (classical guitar, non-cheesy piano).

    If it were convenient, how often would you visit a wine bar?
    Probably a couple times a month at most, unless it was located very close by. We actually have a couple of fun wine bars in Renton, and we’ve been several times. They tend to get pretty busy on the weekends, however, which can be a bit much, since they’re small.

    I think I’d really like your wine bar, Patrick!

    Kevin

  2. 2 Kevin
    February 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Patrick, I have another mail bag question for you:

    I should really know the answer to this question, but here goes:

    When preparing something crusted in breadcrumbs like a pork chop or fish fillet for pan-frying (or baking), what is the correct order for dredging the meat in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs? I *think* it goes flour-egg-breadcrumbs, but I can never remember. If I understand the rationale for each step, then it’d probably be easier to remember. What does the flour do, exactly? And is it always necessary?

    This leads me to another question. Did you ever have those pre-packaged “Italian-style veal cutlets” as a kid? They were basically chopped and formed veal in a “cutlet” shape, with an herbed breadcrumb crust. My mom used to pan fry them and serve them with lemon. I LOVED them. They also worked well for a quick & easy veal parmigiana, albeit a white trash-style version. Anyway, I haven’t seen them in any store in years, and frankly, they’re probably filled with lots of scary stuff. But I absolutely crave the flavor of that breading and would love to recreate it for chicken or pork. It might just be Italian-seasoned bread crumbs that impart the flavor, but I have yet to test it out. Any ideas? If you know the flavor I’m talking about, would you be interested in developing a recipe for it?

    Kevin

  3. 3 Brian Reid
    February 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

    1. Does a boutique wine bar appeal to you?

    Yes.

    2. What kind of atmosphere is the most comfortable – energetic/bustling, quiet/mellow, etc?

    Personally, for me, I prefer quiet/mellow.

    3. What kind of events would draw you in – meet the winemaker, food pairings, blind/systematic tastings, wine education seminars, etc?

    Food pairings, wine education, systematic tastings–specifically, things like vertical tastings
    of a particular wine, tastings of a single varietal from different regions of the world, specialized focus on a single winery, etc. Ability to purchase bottles of the wines that are sampled.

    4. Are you familiar with the wine-club concept?

    Yes. We are members of a wine-club for a winery in Auburn.

    5. How important is live music?

    Probably not too terribly important, but if there is live music, it should be fairly mellow and good as “background music” not to interfere with the wine activities.

    6. If it were convenient, how often would you visit a wine bar?

    Probably about once a month.

  4. 4 Jake
    February 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    1. Does a boutique wine bar appeal to you?

    Absolutely; Kevin’s right, though, price matters.

    2. What kind of atmosphere is the most comfortable – energetic/bustling, quiet/mellow, etc?

    Mellow. It’s not a bar. I want to hear the conversation I’m having with friends.

    3. What kind of events would draw you in – meet the winemaker, food pairings, blind/systematic tastings, wine education seminars, etc?

    All of the above. I think people maybe aren’t aware that this is going on? The participating wineries should be emailing to their club members, and publicizing wine bar events in their tasting rooms.

    4. Are you familiar with the wine-club concept?

    Aye.

    5. How important is live music?

    VERY appealing.

    6. If it were convenient, how often would you visit a wine bar?

    Once a week.


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