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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Saratoga stopover

Saratoga is only about forty minutes away from the Adirondack house, so it was easy to contemplate a quick stopover on the drive home Monday. There's been a lot of yuppifying there; the center of town is dominated by a Starbucks, The Gap, Eddie Bauer...
Even so, the town is full of beautiful commercial architecture from the Victorian period, circa 1870-1880. Details such as this finely carved doorway abound.
The famous bakery/cafe, Mrs London's, is in this handsome old building. Closed on Mondays - darn! Another time. Noted that Borders Books had a large section devoted to local and regional books. A good source for when we want to plan some more ambitious side trips.

I stopped in to check out a fine wine store on Broadway. They carry only one type of box wine, and this is it. The proprietor told me it was a very good Chardonnay, and that they had trouble keeping in in stock. This is the last one they had. I have to finish the Banrock Station Shiraz (drinkable but not remarkable) before I open it. Will report in a future post.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad the Banrock Station Shiraz didn't suit you. Carol Emert at the SF Chronicle did like it though (she reviewed the '03 Shiraz on 12/30/04). Kudos to you for not giving up on boxed wine. The Delicato is fairly nice (in '04 The Wine Report gave the 2002 vintage 88 pts). Keep looking and tasting. Sounds like availability is pretty lean in your area - I suspect this will keep improving though. After all, premium 3L wine sales segment has tripled in 3 years.
Fly by Night

8:38 PM  
Blogger sixty-five said...

Wow! An entire blog devoted to box wine! I'll be sure to check in regularly. Thanks for the comment, FBN.

12:54 AM  

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