Dan and I did a little shopping on Saturday, starting in the Northland and then heading to Westport, before ending up in the Crossroads. We decided to check out JP Wine Bar, our friends, Dan and Larry, had told us that they enjoyed going there. I sometimes feel intimidated when I walk into a wine bar, but this place is far from intimidating.
It's actually a pretty big place, with a large bar, lots of booths and numerous other seating places to sit and enjoy a glass of wine with friends. If you aren't into wine, they have full bar and also serve coffee drinks. We sat at a table close to the bar and were promptly greeted by a server who brought us ice water and menus. She explained the wine menu, which features many different wine flights as well as wines by the glass and bottles.
We both decided on the World Cup Whites ($12), which consisted of four white wines. The two that we really enjoyed were the 2006 Balbo Crios Torrontes from Argentina and the Chauteau de Valmer Vouvray from Loire Valley France. You get about a 2-ounce pour of each, which seemed to be the perfect amount.
We decided that we wanted to try one of the cheese flights, but did not really know what to order. The waitress suggested the French Cheese Flight ($16) so we ordered it. They tray featured Boucheron goat milk cheese, Ossau Iraty Brebis Pyrenees sheep milk cheese and Moriber cow milk cheese. They were all very good and I typically do not like goat milk cheese! The tray was dizzled with honey and had grapes, dried cranberries, candied pecans, capers, crackers, sliced pears and apples and those little french pickles.
This was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon! The service was very good and all of the servers seemed to be very willing to help their customers, there did not seem to be a hint of pretentiousness in the place. JP Wine Bar is located at 1526 Walnut KCMO 64108 816-842-2660. They have Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Friday, featuring special bar food, $1 off wine flights, $2 off domestic bottles and $3 Boulevard beers.