Saturday, April 22, 2006

Grand Cru, Wine Bar, Baltimore, Maryland

Grand Cru
518 E. Belvedere Avenue, Suite 203
Baltimore, MD 2121
410-464-6229 FAX
For directions, click here

This wine bar is part of the Belvedere Square complex, and it is delightful. There is a wide selection of wines that is available through those hi-tech dispensers. And if you don't like any of the available wine, you can drink a bottle. Corkage is $5.00 for a full bottle, and $3.00 for a half (375 ml) bottle.

Most of the wines are interesting, hard-to-find wines. For example, the whites by the glass include (Austrian) Loimer Gruner Vetliner, 2004 ($7.00); (New Zealand) Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc; and (Alsace) Albert Mann Pinot Blanc, 2004 ($9.00).

The reds include Quinta Quietud (2004) from Toro in Spain ($18.00); Guigal St. Joseph Guigal (2001) for $12.00; and Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel (2004) for $8.00. (Of course, the Cline is not hard to find, but it is one of my favorites and extraordinary value for the money!)

We were in a bit of a hurry so I just had a Chimay Trappiste Belgian Ale in the "Monk Size" for $8.00. Belgian beers on tap are not easy to find so this was nice.

This place is a discovery -- I will be back!

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