Monday, May 3, 2010

Destino Chardonnay Sonoma County

I had the opportunity to sample the Destino Chardonnay Sonoma County while visiting the uber-hip TWO urban licks restaurant in Atlanta. The restaurant is known for its "fiery American cooking" and its chic warehouse decor. What got my attention, however, is the unique wine wall. It stands 26 feet tall and holds 42 stainless steel barrels of wine and features a gravity flowed system for pouring. The barrels are displayed in a glass and steel, temperature controlled tower designed exclusively for TWO urban licks.

The wine barrel program is the only one of its kind in the country.

You can buy the wine in an assortment of quantities, ranging from a glass to a "thief." The theif is similar to a carafe, but holds 5 glasses of wine -- a bit more than your typical wine bottle.

I opted for the rotisserie chicken with the jalepeno glaze and Cuban sweet potatoes. The Destino was the perfect pairing. This wine is a different Chardonnay experience. Although aged in oak, there was no overt oakiness. It had a soft and subtle aroma. The taste was highlighted by minerality and a touch of herbs.

Destino is a boutique winery which handcrafts its wine. A check of their Web site didn't show a Sonoma County Chard for sale. Some of the wines offered at TWO are offered nowhere else, and that could be the case here.

Our business cocktail hour and dinner was in a unique courtyard at TWO, although inside the funky, industrial building, it had an outdoor feel and, in fact, I could look up and see the sky above through a large opening.

It was a great evening and the Destino is highly recommended as is TWO urban licks.

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