Thursday, September 3, 2015

Laugh Often and Wine A lot

The Tampa Bay Times featured an article the other day about a wine shop at 828 Dodecanese Boulevard in Tarpon Springs. Wine at the Docks intrigued me with the descriptions of wines by the glass, wines for tasting, and wines by the bottle to go. After reading the Times review I knew I had to go.

Wines at the Docks is located in the Riverwalk Shops on the sponge docks in Tarpon. They feature free wine tastings daily with Florida and international wines, accessories, art, cheeses, olives, jellies, candies, chilled domestic and international beers.

The Belle of Gulf Boulevard and I stopped by after a dandy lunch at Dimitri's. Susan greeted us as we walked in and offered to help us in choosing just the right bottle of wine for whatever we were in the mood for. Susan is a sweetheart. Hopefully she will be on duty when you stop in.

Wines by the Docks has an unbelievable selection of fruit wines from Florida and elsewhere. We hurried past, but you may choose to linger.

Since we had already consumed a tad or two of Retsina at Dimitri's we decided to pass up the wine bar.

We wandered past an impressive display of wines, because we were on a specific mission.

The Belle and I hit the tasting bar and with Susan's assistance, explored the possibilities presented by a few bottles of superior Greek wines.

After an unbelievably fulfilling Greek odyssey a few years ago, my bride and I have become believers that the Greeks have their feces amalgamated wine wise. We fell in love with the island of Thera and Santorini's wines. We couldn't pass up a 2013 bottle of Assyrtiko from that island. Also in our wine bag we brought home an Achaia Chardonnay, and a dry red Vin de Crete.

Wine at the Docks has a bunch of kitchey stuff one might expect in a touristy location, but it is still a serious venue for wines. Stop in and laugh often and wine a lot.

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