What’s wrong with this picture? (Besides some missing vintage dates.)
I snapped this last night at Tautog’s Restaurant in Virginia Beach, after shaking my coat free of snow from a freak ocean squall. The Virginia Wine logo prominently greets diners as they enter the restaurant, and this place was hopping.
To be fair to Tautog’s, they do have a few Virginia wines on the list, and we enjoyed a 2008 Jefferson Vineyards Meritage with our entreés. It was a bit lean at first but paired really well with my Tuna Martinique, a grilled tuna loin that had been marinated in lime juice. The match was better than I expected, to be honest.
For the record, our other wine was a Hendry 2009 Albariño from Napa Valley. Crisp, lean and citrusy, and yes, I saved a little to try with my tuna. It worked too, responding to the lime, but I preferred the Jefferson’s interaction with the char from the grill – maybe because of the surprise, if nothing else.
After my initial ambivalence about the signboard (glad they had it, but not all those West Coast wines featured), I was happy with the wine selection at Tautog’s. Thoughtful choices at fair markups.