Locapour message still getting muddled

What’s wrong with this picture? (Besides some missing vintage dates.)

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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.

About Dave McIntyre

Wine columnist for The Washington Post, co-founder of DrinkLocalWine.com, and blogger at Dave McIntyre's WineLine (dmwineline.com).
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3 Responses to Locapour message still getting muddled

  1. Our tax dollars pay for those signs in efforts to promote Virginia wine sales. Hopefully your position and public observation will encourage some Virginia wine inclusion!

  2. George Christo says:

    Aaaaargh! OMG… With that board, put a couple of Virginia’s at the top, THEN the wave divider, THEN a couple of West Coast wines. Not gonna lie – the wines on theboard look great, but geez, people!

  3. reminds me of the old restaurant trick of getting the logoed Coca Cola cooler for free for an advertising trade and stocking it with pantry/kitchen items … like Mr. Christo said, put some Va. wines on top and complement with the rest.

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