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I’m about a week tardy on this post…  In passing through Dulles Airport last week, I stopped by Vino Volo wine bar for a quick drink with a colleague who happened to be passing thru Dulles as well.

For those who may not be familiar… Vino Volo is a chain of wine bars located in various airports through out the US.  I believe there are currently about 10 locations.   Vino Volo’s provide a quiet, upscale alternative to airport food courts and overcrowded bars.

I find the Vino Volo at Dulles airport one of the best locations due to its location at the end of terminal C, adjacent to the international departure gates, which provides a unique people watching opportunity.  There are always ‘interesting’ travelers that find their way in to Vino Volo waiting for their flights to London, Rome, Beijing and Frankfurt.  I personally find the folks going to Frankfurt the most interesting based on their topics of conversation and apparent lack of spending limits.      

Based on the recommendation of the server, I went with a glass of Highlands 2004 Syrah Hozhoni Vineyard from Napa Valley.  Dark purple color with big nose of dark berries, baked plum, vanilla and a slight herby component.  Heavy mouth feel with tastes of baked blackberry/blueberry pie.