Nestled in the heart of Downtown Fayetteville, is the Wine Cafe featuring their hand selected wines from all over the world, craft beers, artisan cheeses, and unique gift baskets. It is a lovely place to try that new glass of wine you wouldn’t ordinary select, sit outside to see the beautiful view of the Market House, and catch up on the latest gossip with friends.
“Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.” -Italian Proverb.
Angela Malave, the proud owner of the Wine Cafe, has two locations; one in downtown Fayetteville, NC at 108 Hay Street and one at the Millstone Towne Centre at 5943 Camden Road, Hope Mills, North Carolina. Angela was born in Chicago, raised in Puerto Rico, and then swept off to Fayetteville, North Carolina after reuniting with her child-hood sweet heart Ray. She then married the love of her life, Ray, and committed to making Fayetteville her forever home. Angela had spent many years traveling to places related to wine all over the world; visiting their wineries, engaging in their wine tastings, and participating in several wine seminars. When she decided to open the Wine Cafe, she knew she had the experience and knowledge to make it successful.
The concept of the Wine Cafe is simple: sip on wine while shopping for wine… Fun, yes?
Angela has personally hand selected every wine bottle in her shop. She considers each of her customers with every sip and taste to find the best wine for the money. She tells me, “I have two goals in life. One is to go to Heaven. The second is to find wines that over deliver for the price!”
Tasting stations are mingled in with the wine selections for customers to sip on new wines that they would never normally try. This allows the consumer to discover new wines without committing to a whole bottle.
The Pinotage is a perfect example. (“Spell that again? Pinotage what?” I asked.) The Pinotage is from South Africa. It’s red wine grapes are a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. It is not a sweet wine, but fruitful with hints of tobacco notes. I have never heard of it before, nor could I pronounce it. This makes Angela smile. She says to me, “It is my personal goal for everyone that walks in here learns something new about wine.” I am the perfect customer then!
And so I asked the beautiful wine connoisseur for some wine suggestions and insight:
For a host gift for a dinner party, Angela suggests a nice bubbly. She explains that Sparkling Wines are fun, festive, full of flavor, and a great value for the money. The tiny bubbles lighten the mood. Some of her personal favorites are the Alma Negra and Andreola Prosecco. The Alma Negra is a sparkling Malbec from Argentina. It is very unique in taste with a beautiful salmon color and full structured bubbles giving it an enriched experience. The Andreola Prosecco is elegant in taste with a nice acidity.
If you did not want to bring a sparkling wine, she suggests the Juan Gil Dry Muscat. It is a Spanish wine offering flavors of grapes and citrus, ending with a nice dry, spicy finish.
If you want a sweeter wine that isn’t too sweet, the Borealis Wine from Oregon is a pleasant white blend with fruity notes of peaches, apples, and pineapple. This is a perfect bottle for sharing. Because of it’s blend of Gerwurztraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris, and Riesling; a person who likes a dry wine will like this bottle and a person who likes sweet wine will like this bottle. Angela explains in her lovely, thick Puerto Rican accent, “What I love about blends is that it adds another layer of complexity. The Gewuztraminer adds a bit of spicy. The Riesling adds a little bit of sweetness.” GEWUZTRAMINER? Again… another word I cannot pronounce, but I LOVE the way Angela says it.
For a romantic dinner, outside of the bubbles, Angela suggests Lust, Bocelli, and Vilosell. Lust is a California Red Zifindale. It goes well with pulled pork and grilled pork. Long before Andrea Bocelli began his singing career, his family has been producing exquiste wines. Bocelli’s Italian wine offers a fabulous Sangiovese. It has a smooth and elegant flavor with hints of cherry. Vilosell is a nice Blended Red Spanish Wine with Tempranillo grapes giving tastes of cherry and dark chocolate.
Because girls just want to have fun…. The Moscato is a fun choice for Girls Night Out. The mango in the Tropical Mango Moscato adds a fun fruity taste. The Moscato on the right is an Australian Moscato is not overly sweet, therefore both sweet and dry wine lovers would appreciate.
The Cascinetta Vietti Moscato d’asti is from the Northern part of Italy. It uses the Moscato grape. Rules and regulations over it’s production makes this a very high quality white wine. It has a fizziness to it. It is sweet, sparkly, and has a good balance; perfect for a fun night with the girls!
For the girls who like dry wine, the Masi Masianco Pinot Grigiois an elegant selection for taste, quality, and appearance.
The Wine Cafe offers Wine Tastings and Seminars, as well as Private Wine Classes perfect for a Bachelorette Party, Birthday Party, Baby Showers, or a fun Girls Night Out! Prices per bottle begin at $7.99, several are less than $20… therefore a good bottle of wine from the Wine Cafe does not have to break your bank. Stop in, have a glass of wine and a bite of cheese, pick up that perfect birthday gift, and take a couple of bottles home for yourself. You are shopping local when shop at the Wine Cafe. And don’t we want to support such a sweet little place built with love, passion, and hard work?