Tuesday evening I went with two friends, an old and a new, to Chesapeake Wine Company for their weeknight wine tasting. If you haven't been I highly recommend it.
First of all, the wine was incredible. I guess I'm not much of a judge because I'm pretty new to the world of wine tasting, but I went with a good friend whose husband is a wine fanatic and raves about the place. They serve 8 different kinds of wine - we had two sparkling wines, two whites, and four different reds - along with bread, cheese, olives and sausages.
Second of all, when I told the owner I couldn't eat the bread and was looking to buy some chips instead, he took me to his shelf of gourmet snacks and - voilá! - produced a box of gluten-free crackers that he had his staff serve my friends and I gratis, in place of the bread we otherwise would have eaten. I was impressed. Very impressed. We decided that they tasted like unsweetened corn puffs, but they did the trick and went wonderfully with the tapenade. He also served me a cheese-free plate, in addition to the regular plate my friends had. Again, very impressed.
My favorite wine of the night was a Greek wine called Malagouisia, produced in 2006 by Gerovassiliou. It was light but very interesting (like I said, I'm new at this whole wine tasting, so I'm not going to pretend I tasted the notes of elderflower, pine cone and lemon meringue referenced here). If you're looking for a good wine with ham or lamb this weekend, try it out.
Long story short, I'll be returning in the near future. Such excellent service, wine, and hospitality deserves another visit.