At some stores selecting wine has become about as difficult as choosing between the company-provided health-care options: Should you pay the $57 out-of-pocket maximum for a bottle to serve at that dinner party you're hosting, knowing you can at least face the crowd with confidence, or would it be better to save some cash, buy the $3.99 merlot and hope no one gets sick? Decisions, decisions. Aha: WineStyles
is making this process much easier. A franchise of these innovative wine shops has opened in Chesterfield (1624 Clarkson Road; 636-536-0711 or www.winestyles.net/chesterfield
), and its wares are organized by style or taste (crisp, fruity and so on) not by country, grape or something else that doesn't mean anything to you anyway. This format helps you easily pair a wine with what you're serving, and you can try WineStyles' boutique offerings before you buy at the weekly wine tastings there. The Thursday night sip session happens from 5 to 8 p.m.; on Saturday samples are poured from noon to 8 p.m. (that's like a full workday hooray!). These tastings are free, and reservations aren't required plus, there are no lengthy forms to fill out to participate.
Thursdays, Saturdays, 2007