An Enoteca is a special type of wine store that originated in Italy. It is a Wine Library. The idea is to have owners of a local wine group on hand to serve wine and answer questions about it. Visiting an Enoteca is rewarding in that you can try many types of local wines and understand how they are made and from what grape they are produced. These are small bars that specialize in wine. Usually you sit at the bar and can speak with a knowledgeable person as you try the wines.
As in all bars in Italy, alcohol is served with food. An Enoteca usually serves small plates of food or even small sandwiches. The idea is not to get drunk but to taste different wines and learn about them. This can be an inexpensive and enjoyable way to have a small dinner with wine.
The Enoteca can be found in most large Italian cities and in some smaller ones. It is a great way to learn and sample which wines are local to the area you are in. You can also buy a bottle or two of these local wines.
These special bars are showing up all over America. For the real experience, you will have to travel to Italy!
George & Jo Anne