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A Wine Bar Treasure

Jan 17, 2012
A Wine Bar Treasure
If you stop for one glass, stop here

florence-duomo-nov07-raw4827ar900You’ll see signs all over Italy that read, “Enoteca.”

Italian for wine store or wine library, the word enoteca is now more commonly used to mean wine bar. In fact, there is one very special, not-to-be-missed enoteca in Florence that is well worth the visit.

It’s called Le Volpi e l’Uva and it is tucked away in the Piazza dei Rossi, to the left once you cross the Ponte Vecchio (picture the Uffizi Gallery behind you, cross bridge, pass the glove shop, hang a left and hug the buildings on your left.)

It serves more than 50 wines by the glass, all from very small wineries, each with a commitment to and awareness of the environment. (Many other wine bars in Florence offer just 10 or so wines by the glass.)

And if you stop for a glass or two, your snacks – wine, cheese and the most glorious crostini you’ve ever laid eyes one – will turn an afternoon of tasting into dinner, and you’ll leave one happy, full traveler.

If you’re lucky, Ilaria will be behind the bar. Be prepared for her to explain in great detail what you’re drinking, what you should drink next, and which crostini you absolutely must devour.

And leave room in your suitcase for a few bottles to take home. Le Volpi e l’Uva is a wine shop, too.

A close second in Florence, is Enoteca Coquinarius which has an amazingly, exuberant staff, good food, and a smaller selection of wines by the glass. It’s close to the Duomo.

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