Lofty Ambition

We went for dinner and a movie on Saturday evening. We finished dinner and decided that we were not really in the mood for a movie. As we drove home through the rolling golden hills that separate Vallejo from Fairfield we decided to take a drive to enjoy my wife’s new car. We turned onto Red Hill Road and followed it as it curved alongside the freeway and finally brought us to the waterfront town of Benicia. We parked and wandered along a pier, enjoying the sunshine and cooling breeze. A couple of Canadian Geese were ignoring the notices that said “Keep Out” of the environmentally sensitive area, and human couples were cuddling in parked cars. 

We then strolled up First Street; until my wife spotted “The Loft Wine Bar” across the road. We headed over and took a look at the menu which listed a varied collection of wine available by the glass, half glass, bottle, or retail. The owner came out, introduced himself, and explained the bar’s mission; to offer wines of which you had not heard. He had picked wines that appealed to his personal taste. He asked us what we liked; recommended a white to my wife and pointed me at the flight of five wines in reaction to my indecision.

We sat outside as the waitress, who seemed every bit as enthused by the choice of wines as the owner, brought be five generous pours. There was one good wine and four outstanding wines. I had heard of two of the vineyards, although in the case of Stags Leap, I did not associate them with Petite Sirah. The sad truth is that whilst you can get pleasant wine for under ten bucks a bottle, these truly complex and individual creations are the other side of fifty. 

I would happily return there and drink any of the wines by the glass or share a bottle. The menu also looked appealing, even for two people who had just eaten. A delightful way to watch the sun go down over the Carquinez Straits, made doubly so by the unplanned nature of the visit.

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