The bestest, most charming dining room in Richmond has one of the bestest dinner deals. Garnett’s Cafe serves some of the great sandwiches of the city all day and all night, you and your date can enjoy two of them with a solid bottle of wine for 30 bucks. The wine list is short, versatile and appropriate. 3 whites, 1 pink, 3 reds.
Virginia is represented with a couple of chaptalized offerings. Never had anything from Gabrielle Rausse so I can’t turn my nose up at them but The Wineworks Viognier from Michael Shaps is charming and fresh enough to enjoy alongside a Turkey and cheese sandwich on that ass kicking Boston brown (molasses) bread. Michael Shaps is kind of a Virginia wine making hero, he also oversees wine production in a famous wine growing region in France, a place called Burgundy, more specifically a place in Burgundy called Meursault.
From the Languedoc: Sensation Gourmande is a varietal bottling line from Domaine de Bellemare, the Chardonnay is clean and correct and can happily be drunk alongside some Scuffletown Chicken Salad.
For pink they did have the Prieuré Saint Hippolyte Rosé from the wine coop Les vignerons de Fontès for a while. Refreshing, mineral and fruity, also from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, great with…well anything.
Staying in the Languedoc (wow, great values and easy drinking fun, people take notice!) more specifically Saint-Chinian, Calmel + JJoseph produces fruit forward resinous wines with plenty of woodland aromas. Saint-Chinian wines are great with the Roast beef and Anchovy sauce.
Domaine Mucyn grows Syrah which is the most manly grape in the world and blends it with the most woosy Gamay grape to make a wine that can be enjoyed by everyone. Vin de Pays Collines Rhodaniennes refers to wines produced in a sub-area around the Rhône river valley. Domaine Mucyn has vineyards located in St. Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage in the Northern part of the Côtes du Rhône which neighbors the home of some of the best Syrah wines in the world. The wines smell like smoked meats and herbs and are perfect with The Big Daddy!
Who doesn’t want 3 different kinds of animals (plus bacon) piled between toasted bread for dinner?
A little Bordeaux from Château Lestrille rounds out the list if you want to partake in the Meatloaf sandwich. Get it with the garlic aioli.
Garnett’s has had some other fun wines that are great to dine with: Ventoux from Rhône producer Xavier Vignon, Merlot from the organic estate Château de Brau, and chuggable terroir driven wines from Laurent Miquel. They have done a nice job with keeping their wine selection affordable and adventurous yet easy enough for the non-wine geek to find something that would make em happy. Take your date out on a weeknight for a casual eating and drinking experience, drink more wine with dinner.
There are free mints available so your spouse won’t suspect a thing.
2001 Park Ave.