The Kitchen Next Door for Wine?

It was a gorgeous day, so while visiting the Kitchen Next Door some Al Fresco dining was a must. To eat, I ordered their daily special- a meatball hoagie and decided to pair it with one of their six wine selections, a Povero Barbera d’Asti. The initial presentation of the wine was a bit disappointing, as it was served in a water goblet. A Riedel water goblet, but a water goblet all the same. I couldn’t help but notice that the patrons ordering beer actually had appropriate glassware.  Hmmm.

The wine itself was ok, but pretty watery and lacking in character. But for $7.5 it was acceptable.

After eating my meatball sandwich (delicious, but far from the best in town, see Caffe), I decided to prolong my experience with a glass of the Charles del Charles Syrah rosé also priced at $7.5/glass. I was pleasantly surprised by this wine- a nice nose of honey and rich red fruit, but dry on the palette. It reminded me of Provencal rosé, which is always a good thing.

Thus, I left Next Door reasonably satisfied. They offered a variety of options (Chardonnay/Riesling, Tocai Fruiliano, Grenache/Syrah) at price points under $8.  Next Door is aimed at a casual lunch, so their offerings are well-aligned with their mission statement.

Out of the numerous times I have visited the Kitchen Next Door, I have never found the wines to have much depth.  Instead, they are quintessential crowd pleasers.   Their whiskey milkshakes are still the way to go!

Beau Hoffman

About Beau Hoffman

Beau moved to Boulder while studying chemical engineering at CU. After 4 years of skipping the ramen and light beer for chicken Cordon Bleu and red Burgundy, the thought of leaving this foodie Mecca was absurd. He can typically be found on the daily circuit of wine tastings around the city, dining al fresco, or partaking in the usual Boulder activities (hiking, cycling, or climbing). In between meals, Beau works as a renewable energy engineer.

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