Nov 22, 2010 by

Wine bars transport me back to France.  They encompass everything I used to love about my days living and working in Bordeaux, the days where I “worked” for two hours and then spent the rest of the day with friends and wine at a café. Richmond has a fantastic new little wine bar that I happened upon yesterday with a friend and it revived my appreciation for Europe’s joie de vivre and deliberately gentle pace of life.

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Living yesterday with my “french glasses” on (that is, instead of the normal rose-colored ones) was refreshing, revitalizing and fulfilling.  It doesn’t matter whether or not I drank wine, or specifically that I had the pleasure of being in a wine bar, what matters is that I took an afternoon to slow down my life.  I strolled the trottoirs (sidewalks) the same way I would have in France, I window-shopped, and I went to a grocery store just to look at the vibrant colors of the fresh produce.  Beauty surrounds us constantly, we just have to slow down and live a little à la française to properly appreciate each small detail. 

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  1. Preston Seary

    A wine bar (also known as a bodega) is a tavern-like business focusing on selling wine, rather than liquor or beer. A typical feature of many wine bars is a wide selection of wines available by the glass. Some wine bars are profiled on wines of a certain type of origin, such as Italian wine or Champagne. While many wine bars are private “stand alone” establishments, in some cases, wine bars are associated with a specific wine retailer or other outlet of wine, to provide additional marketing for that retailer’s wine portfolio…

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