Monday, February 22, 2016
Hurricane Edition: The Wine Valley
The Wine Valley, located in Hurricane, is a tapas restaurant and wine bar wedged in a strip mall. But once you walk inside, it's like you've been transported to a very posh, hip city free from outside influences.
I truly mean that. When we walked inside, it was warm and had an intimate vibe. Dark woods, green ivy and an extensive wine list graced our table.
The sommelier was on his game, checking on us and offering wine suggestions. I ultimately decided on the Ala Vecchia, Vermentino, Tuscany Italy, 2013. Why? Well, I didn't know what a Vermentino was, it didn't look too dry or too sweet, and it wasn't too cheap or expensive. Seemed pretty middle of the road, and it was a great decision. I loved this glass of wine. A perfect balance, just like I thought.
Let's talk food. We ordered a cheese platter with Stilton Mango, Benadictine, Perrano and Belletoile Brie complete with dates, grapes and crackers.
Each of these were so, so good. The mango was sweet, while the brie was creamy. Plus the sharper cheeses mixed with a nice crisp cracker or sweet fruit. It was just phenomenal. I think I could live on wine and cheese for the rest of my life. Oh, and maybe ice cream.
But seriously, go here. Quickly.