Monday, April 14, 2014

Waiting at the Airport

Vino Volo - BWI Airport Concourse A
Air travel has become the ultimate waiting game. I arrive at the airport early to ensure that I am through security before my departure only to have more than enough time to get bored waiting. What to do?

Drink wine!  And not cheap wine.

As I am writing this I am waiting in the Denver United Club West for my now over an hour delayed flight. 

I am drinking their wine which is definitely not the worst wine I have ever tasted, but the price point makes it worth the effort. 

I recall, however, arriving at the Baltimore airport at the start of this trip and visiting my favorite airport wine seller-- Vino Volo. There are two here at Denver calling to me, but since I am in the United Club with included wine and munchies, I may only make a brief stop to sample the wine of the day.

Why am I so excited on Vino Volo? They serve great wines, yeah the prices are a bit high, but the flights are competitively priced and allow me to sample multiple wines in one sitting without worrying about over imbibing.

So the wines in the image were all from bottles priced at over $85. The 2009 Cote Bonneville Chardonnay from DuBrul Vineyard in Washington ($85) was very interesting--the tasting was only $2 since I am a member of the wine club!  The two reds were from the Sommelier Series and were worth the relatively small amount I paid to sample these excellent wines. The Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009 from Oakville ($134) was my favorite while the Chilean Errazuriz 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Don Maximiano Reserve was very nice too coming in at $89. Needless to say, I did not buy any of these wines to add to my collection.

RECOMMENDATION: Drink wine while waiting at an airport because it makes the time pass faster than drinking beer. And you meet the nicest people.

-- Bob and Christina Doan, Bob writing from Denver, Colorado

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