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In 2010, I (Nick Love) spent over 45% of my annual income eating out at some of Atlanta's best (and worst) restaurants. So, who better to guide you through the city's crowded dining terrain?? Now, I, along with my team of Hip-Hop generation foodies, will expose and review ATL's newest hits, hidden gems, and old favorites. Hopefully, this blog will earn us a free meal or two while we point you guys in the direction of some good food and steer you away from the wackness. Let's eat!!!

Feb 17, 2012

Urban Vines Wine Company | Liquid Gold on a Golden Day Event

Chef India Ramos and Rachelle Lovett (photo by Zachary Toth)
A couple weeks ago, the Bite Life crew was invited down to the Castleberry district for a rooftop event called Liquid Gold on a Golden Day.  It was presented by a company known as Urban Vines Wine Company.  I didn't really know too much about it but the name of the event sounded kinda intriguing.  Enough so for me to do a little research.  Plus, there was a promise of food and wine so . . .  .  I decided to check it out.  I'm glad I did.

Chef and Winemaker India Ramos, along with her business partner Rachelle Lovett, are collectively known as Urban Vines Wine Company.  For those of you that may not be familiar with Urban Vines, these young, professional, sophisticated ladies specialize in wine making, custom wine blending, and wine education.  They also allow for CUSTOM LABELING for the wine.  How cute is that?

So, I make my way up to the rooftop lounge of Castleberry Pointe and the ambiance was so nice.  Really classy!  Upon entering,  I was given a tasting card detailing the wine tasting options of the night.  Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, and Moscato were all on the list.  But, my favorite of the night had to be the Blackberry Merlot.  There was a slight sweetness that didn’t over take the acidic nature of the red wine.  Perfect!

The small bites tasting began with a Nectarine Salad w/ nectarine vinaigrette dressing.  I love the idea of fruit in salad so for me it was a hit.  Following the salad, there was a delicious chicken soup.  To me, this was a slightly odd dish to serve at such an upscale event but it was DELICIOUS!!!  It tasted like somebody’s mom spent all day preparing it.  However, my favorite dish of the night was the Crab Cakes served over sautéed veggies.  The pairing of the lump crab meat and mixed vegetables was as appealing to the tongue as it was to the eyes.  WONDERFUL!!!

Crab Cakes over Veggies
Then, for the grand finale, there was a mini tower of decadent chocolate & caramel cupcakes.  A great send off for the evening.  I definitely had my fill.

Overall, it was a wonderful night filled with delicious food and fabulous wine.  Looking back, I wish that they had given attendees more of an opportunity to learn about their wine (which is what I was expecting).  But, a nice social event is never bad.  It at least gave me a desire to inquire further on my own time.  Oh well.  I'm sure they'll have other events coming up that will be just as fun and possibly more informative.

Make sure you check out Urban Vines online at

Happy Eating Drinking!!!


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