For our 2nd meeting we gathered at Bin 22. The weather, although windy, held off the rain so we could dine outside. Glasses of rose from Provence welcomed in the weekend. A generous olive bowl, a meat and cheese plate, and artichoke heart and goat cheese spread satisfied our initial hunger. Throughout the evening we ordered several bottles including a Spanish Monsant, a French Bordeaux, and CSM from Washington State. All really good at good price points. The standout wine for the evening was a 2005 James Judd and Son Malbec-Verdot from Paso Robles. We tasted a mouthful of spicy plum! Freaking awesome! We proceeded to order various paninis and ended with espresso over vanilla bean ice cream. What made this gathering so special was the comparisons of different red wines to each other (numerous glasses filled our table) and to the simple, yet delicious food. Our hours-long conversation focused on the wine and food interplay. While we conversed quite a bit, we neglected to take any real notes and I forgot to bring my camera. In any case a good time was had by all.
A Note about Bin 22
Every time we eat at Bin 22 we discover yet another truly wonderful wine to enjoy. Greg continues to offer a delectable wine list with varying price points from very affordable to “let’s go all out and treat ourselves.” His selections change as he finds new and interesting bottles – like the James Judd. Bin 22 is also affordable. All of the paninis are $8 and feature quality ingredients. Nothing on the menu is priced over $12. A cozy little boite in the heart of Carytown that is serious about wine, but doesn’t cost an entire paycheck to enjoy.