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Finally! A Wine Bar in Old Town (worth the trip)

Mari Stull
By Mari Stull
Posted on Jun 19,2008
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,
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Mari Stull
The Vino Vixen™

 Despite the multitudes of restaurants in Old Town, very few offer a relaxing atmosphere to simply enjoy a (very) good glass of wines with friends.  And even fewer Old Town restaurants offer a terrific, reasonably priced wine list that encourages wine enjoyment without a full dinner.

Popping the bubbly on opening night
The Vixen sneaks behind the wine bar
(cute bartenders)

Along comes Bar Baudelaire
 Located above longstanding Le Gaulois Café on King Street is now Old Town’s sole wine bar. Bar Baudelaire (named for the oenophile poet Charles Baudelaire) is resplendent in art deco décor and chic vibe.  Black marble tables, complemented with warm wood tones create an inviting atmosphere that begs you to linger.At Tuesday’s preview party for Bar Baudelaire, I was able to chat a bit with Consulting Wine Director, Ted Wynot (from wine importer, The Henry Wine Group) and Bar Baudelaire Owner, Joerg-UweSziple.

The Wine
Ted’s wine program is heavy on the Old World labels, and concentrated from there on France.  34 wines by the glass range from $7 to $20.  Average bottle price hovers around $43.  An excellent selection of smaller grower wineries and family estates populate the thoughtful list.  My only complaint is the pricing is a bit high.  Some bottles being sold by the glass at the wholesale price of the entire bottle.  Perhaps a good happy hour could be a fix for the bloated prices… 

The Wine Bar
 New owner, Joerg-UweSziple (I can’t pronounce the name either, but his accent is as American as mine – minus the Southern) is an intellectual property rights attorney whose travels have led him to an appreciation of fine wine and fabulous food.  He quietly acquired Le Gaulois in 2006 and has continued it’s tradition of Provencal cuisine.  Bar Baudelaire will feature petit plats such as House Made Terrines (excellent – homemade pate is heaven on earth), ripe French cheeses, and charcuterie.  Prices are a reasonable $5-$15.  Uwe promises weekly Champagne tastings and monthly wine dinners. 

 Happy to have Bar Baudelaire in the neighborhood.  Looking forward to those Champagne tastings – hoping for a fabulous happy hour with a rotating selection of interesting wines.

 Cheers!

 The Vino Vixen™ is Mari Stull – Syndicated wine columnist, correspondent for Wine Taste TV, and member of the Society of Wine Educators. Have a wine question or comment for Mari?  She can be reached at vinovixen@vinovixen.com.



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