Saturday, December 10, 2011

Got Uncommon Wine?

The Inland Empire now boasts a unique shop that offers something a bit different for discerning wine drinkers like me to like to 'geek out' on the stuff, so to speak.
You can find up to 50 different bottles from all over the world at Chris Kern's Forgotten Grapes, a niche tasting room and shop tucked away off of Spruce Street in Riverside.
Kern has dubbed himself America's Uncommon Wine Expert, and he carries the selections to back it up. Here, you can find everything from an interesting red from Lebanon...
 to a reasonably priced Sauternes.
Kern offers clever, pop culture-inspired comparisons to these lesser known varietals; sure to inspire chuckles from customers.
There's also a social consciousness at work here, with a portion of the proceeds from some selections going to select charitable organizations.
During my visit, I tasted a lemony, warm, and spicy Rousanne, and enjoyed a killer Cru du Beaujolais full of plum and holiday spice.
Next time, I'll tell you about a delicious, rare treasure I took home with me...a selection I had been hard pressed to find...until now.
Kern ships all over the country too, so get your holiday orders in now.
If You go:
Chris Kern's Forgotten Grapes
1735 Spruce Street, Suite A,
Riverside, CA
(951) 782-8130
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  1. Great report and photos as always Nicky!

  2. That looks like a wonderful place to shop. We will be visiting CA soon and I will have to look this place up.
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