Sip Wine Bar, Huntington, WV

27 Sep

Good morning!
I have been the worst lately about getting up and going to the gym in the mornings. I could make excuses all day long, but basically it’s because I’m tired in the morning. I don’t know why. I feel like I’m sleeping well, but obviously something is off. I need to figure out what it is, and get back to my regular schedule.

But, all in all I’m not doing too badly on the fitness front. I’ve been off since I got back from vacation, and that’s bad because the half-marathon is only slightly more than a month away. This week feels like it has flown by, and my training has suffered. I did wake up early for a weights class on Monday, and I actually ran 4 miles after work as well, but then I took Tuesday off. Yesterday, I didn’t get out of bed and go to the gym, but I did get a nice speed work treadmill run in after work:

In typical fashion, I can’t get through a treadmill run without accidentally stopping the treadmill or having to dash to the bathroom and it resets.

I did 400 repeats at 5k pace, and I took 200 m walking breaks after every repeat (hence the slowish pace). But I got through it! I really hope this half marathon goes well for me. I was feeling so great about training before I left for the beach, and now it’s a struggle to make myself run.

After my run, I met up with my lady friends Susie and Mandee to hit the local wine bar, Sip. My neighbor Ashley (who is leaving in two days to go to Costa Rica for a whole month to get certified to teach yoga! Lucky!) works there  and so does Susie’s boyfriend, Shane. This was my first Sip experience.

I just love the decor of this place, don’t you? We sat at the bar so as to be near Ashley and Shane, and just chatted. They have small plates, and you can order wine in flights, which  has three different 2 oz servings or as a 6 oz glass of one wine. I decided to go with the flights, because wine isn’t cheap and I wanted to try as much as I could for the money I was spending there. I started out with the Sparkling Flight:

I ❤ sparkling wine! (I call it all champagne because I’m uncultured)

My favorite of the three was the Gruet Extra Dry. It had a really full flavor for a dry sparkling wine. The Rose wasn’t as sweet as I imagined it would be (I think everything pink is going to be sweet). They were all very good.

Next up, I decided to go with the Unusual Red Flight:

This was my favorite, by far. I didn’t take a great photo of the descriptions, but the Ken Forrester Pinotage claimed to have ‘nuances of bacon’ and as weird as that sounded, it was great! It had a bacony, smoky finish that I really liked. The other two wines were rich and complex. I highly recommend all three of these wines.

I was only planning on getting two flights, which is why I had the unusual red, but Susie had just gotten another glass of wine, and I was a little tipsy so I felt like having a third flight. At this point, please remember these glasses are only 2 oz. glasses, so I’m really not going overboard here! Here is a photo comparison of the glasses to my giant engagement ring (haha) so you can see how small they were:

So even though I drank 9 tiny glasses of wine, it was really the equivalent of three regular glasses of wine. I went with the unusual white flight for my third flight:

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my photos get worse as time passes. In retrospect, I should have done sparkling, unusual white, THEN unusual red, but oh well. My favorite of these three was the Gewurztraminer. It was delicious! It had a floral bouquet (??) — I’m not very good with wine descriptions, but it was much more complex than your usual white.

In addition to the wine, we also shared two cheese plates, a bread plate and a small piece of cheesecake. Good thing I went running first!

I would highly recommend Sip! It’s a little on the pricey side, but as a once-in-a-while thing, I think it’s a great night out.

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