My night at Graycliff! Some things you do in life you have to be determined, excited and sometimes alone. On a recent trip to Nassau, Bahamas that is exactly how I felt about having dinner and wine at the Graycliff. The experience was simply amazing. I was so excited on the taxi ride there I barely noticed my surroundings. As we drove past the governor’s mansion I saw the entrance to this large historical looking home. I was quickly greeted and seated in the cocktail reception area. The first drink I ordered was a celebratory champagne cocktail. It was sparkling wine with grand marnier, orange juice and a splash of liquor. It was yummy!
The wine list was like reading a best seller from the NY Times top 5 list for me. Of course it included some of the best Bordeuax’s from France ranging in price from $60 a bottle to $20,000 a bottle.
Alex the sommelier who attended to me for the night was awesome and promised me a personal tour of the wine cellar after dinner. Alex also introduced me to “Rico” the owner. I had no idea that he was the owner when we met. A nice down to earth guy who knows his wine and his cigars. We chatted shortly about wine after he asked about the Rideau Mouvedre I gifted Alex. After he asked if the wine was made by an African American he very proudly told me that he carried Pinot Noir from Vision Cellars. Wow, I was in love.
In true Bahamian style I was seated for my 7:30 reservation at about 8:15pm. I enjoyed the wait. In the reception area a jazzy pianist/singer belted classic rat pack tunes like “Love me tender”. I was in good company. Across from me were two gentlemen who flew in town just for a Superbowl party, a large section with local politicians and lawyers. The energy in the room was amazing, vibrant, happy.
I was seated at a small table. I was excited and being alone did not bother me at all. I quickly found new friends as I usually do when wine is involved. Alex delivered a gift from the owner, a bottle of Barrandica-a Bordeaux style blend from Mendoza Argentina. It was a blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Malbec. I truly enjoyed the wine. It was fun, smooth, fruity very new world and not earthy as French Bordeux. I actually thought the major grape was Malbec when I first tasted it. It was not until I read the label and discovered only 10% Malbec. It paired well with the shrimp and duck salad I ordered.
After desert and sharing dessert , Alex finally grabbed me and took me on my private tour of the wine cellar.
I don’t know where to start. Never in my life have I been in a cellar filled with such a diverse and old wine collection. The oldest wine was a Riesling from Germany, 1942.
What an awesome night!
Tuanni Price, the owner of Zuri Wine Tasting. A wine Enthusiast and adventurer, loves everything about the wine experience