Happy Wine: New Place Offers Tapas in a Wine Shop (Photos)
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Happy Wine features 90 wines under $20.|
If you're into a candlelit spot in which to drink wine, you might just want to buy a few bottles and take them home, but that's not to say Happy Wine isn't charming. High tops and wooden stools are nestled in between the shelves and crates of wine. A keyboardist plays tunes in English and Spanish as a waiter comes over to help you select your wine.
The store is segmented by country of origin, and there are about 700 different labels tucked into this Mediterranean-style spot. Happy Wine charges a $4 corkage fee, which is reasonable when you factor in that you're getting your wine for about 20 percent less than other stores in the neighborhood. There are 90 wines featured on $20, and there's a good chance you'll find something in that range. We chose a 2010 La Crema Pinot Noir for $19.99 and a 2008 Anta Banderas A10 for $15.99. Both reds were good choices with the tapas we were served.
There are about two dozen hot and cold tapas to choose from, and all are served with pan con tomate, which was a nice change from the usual plain bread in a basket. Happy Wine also serves paella every Friday. The owners bring in a paella chef each week, who cooks up a large pan of the seafood and rice dish. A generous plate is $12.99 and is enough for two.
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