A Wine Blogger’s Song in 3 Parts. Part II: Musings on the “Hybrid” Experience

“Where everybody knows your name.” ♪♫

Looking for a place to have a conversation over wine with a colleague and found a florist and wine bar called Rosebowl Florist and Wine Shop. I told my friend, “we have to do this; it’s just weird enough.” Located in Opera Plaza in San Francisco, the wine bar is in the back of the flower shop “plus” (it has a lot of others items for gift giving). The space was intimate as in teeny tiny but that was also part of the charm. The real hook is Deidra O’Meade, the friendly owner and your bartender. She has a selection of maybe 20 (mostly domestic) wines and she pours everything. I had this Monterey Pinot, which was nice and balanced, delivering on its Pinot promise and not disguising itself as some big red.

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When I arrived my companion and I had the place to ourselves. Later, the neighbors came by to enjoy their wines, which Deidra kindly stores for them. The conviviality was contagious – these folks were regulars – and you could not help but have a good time in a wine shop minus any pretense. Deidra had a great description of the place: “its a cross between Cheers, The Algonquin Round Table, and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.”

I find it truly pleasurable to find wine in unexpected places.

So what has been your wine hybrid experience, if any – they seem rare, indeed. If you have any, please share all: the good, the bad and the ugly!

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