WINE BAR IN AMERICA
and more you expect from a good bar. Friendly, familiar faces where a
stranger immediately feels at home. The owner has a degree in viniculture
from the University of California at Davis. A gracious and lovely lady
with a warm smile is remarkably charming as hostess and manager. The ambience
is comfortable, with a feel reminiscent of the old television comedy,
Burgundy Wine Company is a wine bar. More accurately, it is a combination
wine bar and upper-scale retail store, which has been a mainstay on Ocean
Drive in South Floridas island paradise Lauderdale-By-The-Sea for
almost four years. Loyal patrons, including local regulars and customers
from far away places often call it the best wine bar in America.
I stumbled in last year along with my houseguests. We qualify as wine
enthusiasts and regularly spent a good deal of time and money purchasing
fine wine for dining and stocking our cellars. When we entered, Sherry
Hunter and Michael Panzer, Burgundys managers, extended a greeting
and took the time to get to know us while they readied glasses of things
delightful from the glory of the grape. We were there for hours, and I
have since made Burgundy Wine Company a regular stop.
been here on a wine mission, observed Sherry, and every day
is a thrill. Lauderdale-By-The Sea denizen Harry Littman owns Burgundy
Wine Company and is a genuine wine expert. Harry excels in the art of
conversation, and is filled with vast wine knowledge acquired through
experience ranging from having his own vineyard in California to travels
in the great wine producing regions of the world. My favorite wines
are from Burgundy, he said. Thus, the origin of his stores
name. But, I have an abiding love for wines from anywhere I find
the magic combination of excellence in the bottle with a fair price.
To be nominated as the best wine bar in America seems hyperbolic, but
as the old saying goes, it aint braggin if you can back
it up. Burgundy is unquestionably an exceptional retail wine shop
where you can buy a bottle or case of any wine you enjoy at the bar. Ive
enjoyed many a glass of wine in the best wine bars coast to coast and
in other countries. Before my Burgundy Wine Company introduction, my favorite
was Old Possums, (borrowing its name from T.S.Eliot) a fabulous
facility in Bristol, England. Burgundy has the warmth that Old Possums
lacked. Burgundys management style and service is relaxed. Absent
is the dreaded and uncomfortable ceremony that seems to accompany a glass
of wine in other wine bars. And there is no pompous, gratuitous wine lecture.
few wine bars anywhere other than Burgundy offer retail sales of great
wines. Value is always in my mind when sizing up any wine offering. Go
into Burgundy and ask Sherry or Michael to pour their choice of a white
or red wine and instead of a minute portion of pedestrian overpriced wine,
you get a generously poured glass containing a wine of great character
and solid reputation.
Jimmy Carr, the renowned Atlanta-based trial lawyer and owner of one of
the countrys best-stocked cellars visited Burgundy and recalls it
as a truly exceptional wine bar and store. Ive been to literally
hundreds, he added, and I rate Burgundy at the top. Its
the nearest wine store in quality and standards Ive found to Jim
Sanders Wines in Atlanta.
Burgundy has regular wine tastings along with popular wine dinners that
attract patrons far beyond the lovely confines of Lauderdale-By-The Sea.
Upcoming events are posted on a chalkboard on the main wall and, according
to Sherry, they sell out. Ive been to a few and was
wowed by the diverse array of wines expertly paired with gourmet dishes,
all at a spectacularly reasonable price.
Burgundy Wine Company is a jewel in this wonderful paradise. I am regularly
enriched with laughter, great stories, and introductions to visitors from
the four corners. Each visit is an opportunity to make new friends. Of
course, the main attraction is the wine. And thats what you get
at the best wine bar in America.
Burgundy Wine Company is located at 4335 North Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea,
Florida 33308. (954) 492.0581.