Review–Eno Wine Bar, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

August 31, 2009 at 8:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Let’s face it: A girl can’t be frugalicious ALL the time. And after my first week at my new job, I was in serious need of a treat. So, Mr. Frugalicious and I headed out to the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel for a tasting of “Big, Bold California Cabernets” at Eno, the hotel’s wine bar.

The wine bar itself was lovely, and the sommelier, Shannon, couldn’t have been nicer or more knowledgeable. But if I’d known we were going to be paying $35 each for just three tastes of wine, I would have reconsidered my splurge. Still, we had a really good time, and the wines were very good…all 2005 vintages of California Cab. We had wine from Beaulieu Vineyards, Rodney Strong, and Mt. Veeder. The Mt. Veeder Cab was my favorite, while Mr. Frugalicious was partial to the Rodney Strong. We paired our wines with some artisan chocolates, which were delicious, although they cost an eye-popping $7.50 for three chocolates. Mr. Frugalicious was interested in ordering the cheese pairing, until he found out that it cost $17.

Every once in a while, you’ve got to splurge. But I don’t think I’ll be going back to Eno anytime soon, unless someone else is footing the bill. I understand that we were paying for the Ritz atmosphere, and we did have fun. Now, however, it’s back to my frugalicious ways!

I am traveling abroad for the next couple of weeks, so I won’t be posting. But I have been researching some great deals, so be on the lookout for a wealth of information when I return!

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