We went for a wine tasting at a winery--literally a two minute walk away from our new house’s front door--and discovered lots of interesting things. For starters, the winemaking enterprise is a multi-generational family-run business specializing in cot, the french grap name for Merlot. They do delightful sparkling wines, buttery sauvignon blancs, and juicy cabernet franc-cot blends.
Before the tasting, the fellow in charge invited us to do a self-tour of the caves, or old wine-storage areas. Inside these wine warrens were ancient oak barrels and many hundreds (thousands?) of bottles of wine being stored in the cool, temperature- controlled space. We deduced—based on the long tables topped with candelabras and the heady ambiance—that these spaces are also used for special events, which got us thinking ….
We have our very own cave chez nous, albeit not as big and definitely not stacked with bottles of red, white, and rose, but it could easily be transformed into a cool space for dinner parties. What would you do with a space like this?