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How can one not love Enomatics? (Seen at Gregorelli’s restaurant in Frankfurt)

…these charming little aluminium-wine-dispensing cubes! OK, I don’t want to make advertising for a brand that seems to be outrageously successful anyway these days, but I just have to say that it puts a smile on my face every time I see one of these guys. But of course, you also have to make good use of em, so maybe I should rather praise Gregorelli’s restaurant in Frankfurt for the good filling: a couple of blockbuster Italian wines, including Sassicaia and Tignanello.

We tried 3 of the machine’s wines to accompany our meal. 2007 Bricco del Uccelone by Braida Giacomo Bologna was more than convincing. Albeit still a bit on new oak, especially in the nose, there was plenty of concentration in fruit and beautiful presence and length on the palate. It will certainly benefit from a year or two in the cellar but is already nice to drink now. 1999 Barbaresco by Bruno Giacosa still showed substance but had a little that dusty feel and slight Madeira touch old wines tend to have: too long open in the Enomatic? A 2006 Barolo Monfalletto by Cordero di Montezemlo was again a superb “classic” specimen, not loud, but with lots of elegance!

What I especially like about this type of machines, what everyone likes about it: it adds maybe 10 to 15 euro per glass to the bill, but of course: what would it cost to buy all these bottles you tried?

Of course, a word about the location. Gregorelli‘s is a popular Italian restaurant right at the center of the city. It is in between casual and elegant, bistro and restaurant. The menu offers solid food with good products (here you get Buffalo Mozzarella with your Caprese for example) at a wide range of prices. You can get numerous well-made pasta dishes at around 10 Euro, but if you feel fancy, get the Lobster for around 40. Same goes for the wine list: get a quarter-carafe of house red for 5,5 , or a bottle of Sassicaia for 200, and there’s also plenty of choice in between, all Italian of course. Somehow this restaurant is a fixed point at the heart of Frankfurt: businessmen, shoppers and couples seem to equally like it. I guess it’s the uncomplicated and very variable aspect of it that attracts all.

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