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Home Repair Service – or lack there of!

Okay so this has nothing to do about wine but I needed a venue for a public rant so bear with me.  After the horrendous winter we have had here in Richmond we need some minor repair done to our roof, siding and a couple of window frames.  Seems pretty basic right?

Our first call was to someone that Megan’s parents have used and who they were pleased with. Things went well at first, they came out the day after our call to inspect, were very nice and professional, took plenty of pictures, explained what they needed to do and so on. This was a Wednesday, and he said he would try and get an estimate to us the next day but if he didn’t it would be the following Monday because he was headed out of town on Friday… well that was 4 weeks ago. In between then we called twice, finally getting a call back from their secretary to say that the person that was doing our repair needed to come back and look at something else, but it would be sometime next week because he is now on his honeymoon. WTF!!!!! This was last Monday.

So not having another referred option we just searched on Google for a company, found one and called to setup and appt. for Tuesday at 10am. I had a meeting in the morning but got home by 9:45, and there I sat until 10:45 before I called the company to ask why no one had shown up. “Oh, we double booked and needed to reschedule”, UM HELLO, HOW ABOUT A PHONE CALL! The gentleman who was supposed to come out, called after that to say he would be in the area, and apologized about the inconvenience, and would give me a call when he was near the house in the afternoon.  That was the last we heard from them. No call that day or any other day to setup an another appointment or apologize for stiffing us.  Again WTF!!

In between this time we have called three other people, left our information and had no return phone calls for the actual inspection visits.

Thursday last week we called another company, blindly, and the gentleman came out that day, was super nice, did an inspection and said we’d hear from him Monday. He was the most prompt and courteous of the bunch so I hope he works out.

Megan and I are completely baffled at how utterly hard it has been to get our house repair work looked at, much less done. You would think in these hard economic times companies would be jumping at the opportunity for work. Apparently the economic downturn hasn’t hurt the home repair business, because from our experience the last 3-4 weeks, nobody wants to do any work!

If anybody in Richmond knows a good company for home repair, we would be happy to know and contact them. Unfortunately the last guy that came out only does roof repair.

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Buy Local This Holiday Season!

Folks in Richmond you have two great opportunities to buy local handmade goods for the Holiday Season, both presented to you by the Richmond Craft Mafia.


First Up – 20 local crafters have teamed up to open a storefront and sell their wares right here in downtown Richmond. The store is called The Fawn Shop and is located at 201 West Broad Street. See the flyer below for details on hours of operation.



Next – The 4th annual Handmade Holiday Craft show will be happening for two nights this year instead of the usual one. The first night is a preview party that is a ticketed event, Friday December 12th, that will feature wine and cheese and give you first dibs on all the goods before the public show on Saturday the 13th. The event is taking place at the Richmond Visual Art Center, check the Richmond Handmade Holiday site for details.





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4th Annual Richmond Wine Opener – Tomorrow Night

cf-image-for-blogThis post is a reminder that the 4th Annual Richmond Wine Opener is tomorrow night, Thursday November 6th in the Rotunda at the Science Museum of Virginia. 

Tomorrrow evening, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Richmond will host a wine event featuring 150 wines from around the world and 10+ local restaurants serving up some of their finest fare for you to sample.  In addition musicians Noah Paley and Coyote will be on hand providing some great music to sip and savor to.  Also make sure to bring your checkbook, there will be great items up for bids in both live and silent auctions.

The event is $65 in advance and $75 at the door and it benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ($35 dollars of each ticket is tax deductible)

For tickets and a list of the wineries and restaurants participating you can go to this WEBSITE or call Amy McCraken at 804.527.1500



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Visting Italy in downtown Richmond – via Enoteca Sogno

Most people know that I loved my experience in Piedmont Italy last year. I mean with fabulous wine, excellent food and a beautiful landscape that makes you hope that you never have to go home who wouldn’t love it.  Well Broad Street in downtown Richmond may not all of those, but it has a restaurant that definitely has two.  Enoteca Sogno is a small authentic Italian restaurant that seems to focus on the cuisine and wine of Northern Italy.  We had the pleasure of dining at Enoteca Sogno a couple of weeks ago with our friends Bryon and Leigh and had a quite enjoyable experience. Owner Gary was our server for the evening and knowing that I am a wine geek and thirst for information, was full of detailed explanations of all the wine and food that we enjoyed.


We started out with a couple of appetizers and a great Italian Riesling that was bone dry and extremely good. The 2006 Vajra Langhe Bianco paired perfectly with our two apps which were the crostini with white beans and arugula and the roasted red peppers and mozzarella.


For entrees we all shared the special ravioli of the day which was pumpkin in a brown butter sauce I believe. Megan and I shared the risotto of the day which is only offered on Tuesday’s and was made with wild mushrooms and truffle oil. Leigh had the whole roasted Braziano and Bryon had the gorgonzola gnocchi that he was gracious enough to share with us. All the dishes were fabulous as we paired them with the 2003 Cantina del Pino Barberesco. The wine had great dark fruit flavors interlaced with aromas of cranberry, toasted oak and mushroom with smooth integrated tannins.


After we were done with dinner and the restaurant was pretty much shut down for the evening, Gary shared a couple of bottles of Barolo with us. We enjoyed the 2003 Guido Porro Barolo from two different vineyards, both the Vigna Lazzairasco and the Vigna S. Caterina.  Holy crap these were good, but if I had to choose one the Lazzariasco was my favorite with more earth and mushroom flavors and aromas and slightly smoother tannin structure.


If you are fan of Italian food and great Italian wine, and of course live in the Richmond area, I would definitely recommend checking out Enoteca Sogno. Also I would like to say that Enoteca has some of the best restaurant wine prices I have ever seen with very little markup compared to the 100% plus that you usually see. For example, the 2003 Cantina del Pino Barberesco averages about $50 online and is offered for $70 in the restaurant.


Thanks Gary for the brief trip back to Italy, I hope to visit again soon.



Enoteca Sogno

2043 West Broad Street

Richmond VA 23220

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