For most of us going to the mall to shop is like pulling teeth but there are several times a year that it must be done and Christmas is one of them. What can be more difficult then that is finding that one gift that is unique for that special person in your life that has everything. Well not only after an hour of shopping and frustrated that I could not find anything, I stumbled upon The Grape @ Downtown Gardens. I bellied up to this warm, friendly, quaint bar for a glass of wine and everything fell into place. Not only did I get paired up with an unbelievable glass of wine from a friendly bartender name Melissa, but I was also able to find that perfect gift for my partner. After an hour of learning about The Grape Classification system and why I was a ?Grape 5,? I was able to pair the ?Papa Luna? that I was drinking with some ?Red Hot Dutch? gourmet cheese and some tasty New Zealand Lamp Chops that were out of this world. But then came the best part, attached to the wine bar is a wine retail shop and there I found my one of kind gift, ?Faberge Wine Charms?. (Egg shaped porcelain works of art about the size of a dime that are richly decorated with gold and jewels. Traditionally made for the Czars of Russia in the late 1800?s and early 1900?s they are extremely valuable and of course one of kind.) Thank you Melissa and The Grape for the one of kind wine and food pairing and for the one of kind gift that to date has been the best gift ever this holiday season. Happy Holidays.
Pros: Great wine list. Good food. Great atmposphere, Friendly staff