A Flight of Decadence
A FLIGHT OF DECADENCE
LOCAL WINE BARS OFFER SAMPLINGS TO SATISFY THE MOST DISTINGUISHED DRINKER
By Allie Bullock Kagamaster, 944 Magazine
January 29, 2007
The wine bar phenomenon continues to flourish, with plenty of establishments pouring a wide selection of vino. We selected a trio of wine establishments to highlight: a place to hang out much like a coffeehouse; an elaborately designed tasting house with a store and private lockers; and a European bistro and bar open for breakfast. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, each offers options for the perfect bottle to pair with the enchanting occasion.
Purple Feet Wine Boutique and Tasting Room in Dana Point offers varying wines to take center stage every Thursday. “It allows people to taste wines they’ve always wondered about from $20 to $60 a flight,” says owner Bill Jonas.
Set in a casual yet elegant atmosphere, people gather for lunch or dinner around a Chilean merlot, Argentine Malbec or the local red table wine Orpheus. “A little chemistry, a little artistry and a little magic make a great bottle of wine,” says Jonas, referring to Thirteen, comprised of a blend from 13 of the sub-
Appalachian grapes that represent the heart of Napa.
Champagne racks — wooden slat boards with holes for fermentation-in-the-bottle by rotation — serve as tables that front a wraparound bar leading to a seating lounge. Diners can enjoy a meal pared with rare wines and free Wi-Fi, in a setting designed by Jonas’ wife of Elisa Jonas Interiors.
Jonas, who lived in Hong Kong and has traveled extensively, prefers drinking less and eating lighter. “The core behind Purple Feet,” Jonas says, “is Tuscany meets Manhattan: fresh, upscale Old World charm.”