I love San Jose.
I love it.
It’s where I went to college.
It’s where I work.
It’s where I lived for my entire 20’s.
In late 2009, Kara and I moved to the neighboring city of Morgan Hill.
As much as I love MH, it’s a world away from SJ.
Unlike other bordering cities like Los Gatos, Campbell, and Santa Clara, Morgan Hill has a good stretch of country between it and San Jose.
Consequently, outside of going to work, I don’t spend as much time in San Ho as I used to.
Luckily, there are plenty of places that keep calling me back to my favorite city.
About a year ago, my buddy Dave introduced us to The San Pedro Square Market. It’s a collection of shops and eateries in downtown San Jose where you can meet up with friends to get a bite to eat, some dope drinks, and just hang out.
Last night, Kara and I decided to hit up a wine bar inside the Market called Vino Vino.
The slogan of this place is “Wine Without Attitude”. The idea is that they focus on serving good wine and food in a laid back “neighborhood bar”-type of environment.
While they do offer wines by the bottle, most folks tent to gravitate towards the local wines that they offer on tap for eight dollars a glass.
Before I get to the wine, I wanted to show you the dope Panini I had for dinner…
A textural and flavorful sensation…
I was very familiar with the majority of the local wines that they had on tap, so I was stoked to see that they carried a few wines from Nottingham Cellars of Livermore… A winery that I’d never heard of.
My first glass was the Nottingham Cellars 2010 Awakening GSM. This Rhone style blend is made of 57% Syrah, 28% Mourvedre, and 15% Grenache. I was very happy with its balance of juicy red fruit and racing acidity. It’s a perfect wine to pair with (you guessed it) an Italian Meat & Cheese Panini.
Next up, I tried the Nottingham Cellars 2009 Aguirre Vineyard Malbec. This one showed much more restraint in its red fruit… While present, the juice gave way to a nice, earthy herbaciousness. This is not an Argentinian fruit bomb. It’s much better.
I recommend trying either of these wines on tap. For eight bucks a glass, you really can’t go wrong.
I kind of wish I had one right now.
Yet another reason to take a quick trip to San Jose.
Good thing I know the way.