Drinking a glass of wine at 1:30pm on a weekday is an integral part of my being. Nia Vardalos and I are currently working on the installation of My Big Fat Italian Drinking Problem. (Kidding.) Today, my friend and I are visiting Times Ten Cellars to sample Lakewood’s finest. We arrived at the beautiful venue as Kert, the founding partner, was cleaning up remnants of their 5th year anniversary party from the night before. My kind of place already.
Times Ten Cellars is a full production winery that uses grapes grown straight from their own vineyard in Alpine, TX. (Fun fact: Texas is fifth in wine production in the states. Who knew?) They brand their wine by the type of chair you would find yourself lounging in for the occasion. Right now, it’s patio weather (at least after the sun goes down) and the Adirondack chair perfectly characterizes Sauvignon Blanc. It’s the best chair to enjoy sweet sauvignon outside with your friends.
Michael, the tasting room manager, sat down with us and took the time to explain each wine sampled. We alluded our personalities to the types of wine we drank: ‘bold and mysterious’ and ‘structured and sophisticated’ is what we are going for (so classy).
Apparently the word about their wonderful wine gets around: I’m writing this from Starbucks in West Village (miles from the winery on Prospect Avenue), and the med school student studying organic chemistry to my right has seen my notes and mentioned (quite enthusiastically) that he loves Times Ten Cellars. I’m in accordance. Now to invest in some adirondacks.