Cru Uncorked: Making Wine Fun and Accessible - Cleveland Article
Cru Uncorked: Making Wine Fun and Accessible Follow @nyccitiview
We’ve already told you about the exceptional dining and service experienced at Cleveland’s Cru Uncorked. We’re going to further add to that by letting you iknow about thier expansive and exceptional wine selection and wine education programs.
You might not realize at first glance but Cru Uncorked has the capacity to hold over 6,000 bottles of wine at any one time. They also oversee an off premise facility that is used to properly age bottle wines so that they are presented to you in their finest glory. Their extensive wine collection includes every variety of wine imaginable and at every imaginable price. Their bottles range from $35 to $26,500!
Cru Uncorked Offers Expert Service In Selecting The Right Wine
Please be assured that regardless of your budget and current knowledge of wine, the staff at Cru Uncorked are very well trained and are excellent resources to ensure you find the right wine at the right price and that pairs best with any dish ordered.
Chris Oppewall, president of Cru Uncorked, is in charge of the wine selection as well as training the staff to learn and appreciate the nuances of all wine to ensure they can be the best resource for you as possible. His focus on the wine selection is “Not to necessarily have the widest selection but to have the best wines available to deliver the best service we can provide.”
The wine focus at Cru Uncorked is certainly French, and their selection extensive. However, they also feature the best wines from other parts of the world including California, Italian, Spanish, Australia and other parts of the Southern hemisphere including Chile and Argentina.
Cru Uncorked Continues To Develop Their Wine Collection
It takes a considerable amount of time and knowledge to properly build a wine collection the size and breadth of Cru’s. While Mr. Oppewall thinks they are “over the hump” in cultivating their collection he expects it to take another 12-18 months to have the list as fully developed as planned.
Chris trains the staff at Cru Uncorked to communicate the qualities of the wines to their guests in appropriate terms they can understand. By listening to what the customer wants, the staff can explain the wines in realistic terms. Due to his insightful training, the staff at Cru Uncorked completes one of the most respected wine programs in the US.
Relax: At Cru Uncorked There Are No Bad Choices To Be Made
At Cru Uncorked, they want you to be comfortable asking questions and to take away and intimidation caused by how much you may not know about wine and wine pairing. They have also created a wine selection that should make you relaxed in that there are no bad choices to be made. Pairings can be made for one dish or an entire table of food.
While wine is most frequently bought by the bottle at Cru Uncorked, the staff here has very carefully chosen wines available by the glass that match the restaurant’s cuisine.
The bottom line at Cru Uncorked is, according to Chris, “to serve the right wine at the right time.” The staff at Cru have made a complete, educational and, most importantly, enjoyable wine experience accessible to anyone interested in learning more about it, at any knowledge and/or price level.
Cru Uncorked Regularly Offers Special Wine Tastings and Pairing Events
If you want to dive in a little deeper, Cru Uncorked offers two very interactive and engaging wine programs.
On Wednesdays you can enjoy ½ price bottles of wine for all bottles offered under $100. This allows their guests to be a little experimental and try a wine they’ve never had with little risk to expand their wine knowledge and experience.
Cru Uncorked also hosts two Wine Tasting Events each month. This program encourages their guest to expand their palate and worldview as it relates to wine. Many times a representative from the wines and vineyards being featured will attend and provide additional insight into a wine’s origins. During these wine-tasting dinners, 5-6 wines will be featured in about an hour and the prices ranges from $50-85.
Cru Uncorked is also home to a very cozy wine bar that is open for before and after dinner drinks to enhance your dining experience. There is also a gorgeous and well-appointed outdoor patio, open as weather permits, that adjoins the bar and offers a very relaxing setting to further enjoy your wine.
The staff at Cru encourages you to come in and expand your wine knowledge and learn from the best. They are very accessible as well as very knowledgeable about their wines and enthusiastically want to share that with you to enhance your visit as well as your appreciation of wine moving forward. They have taken what can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience and made it fun, friendly and educational.