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April 2, 2013 > Enchante - Paris Meets Hayward

Enchante - Paris Meets Hayward

Submitted By Bruce Roberts

I confess. Much to my family's chagrin, I drink wine from a box. That's why the morning I spent in Doc's Wine Shop in downtown Hayward was an epiphany, a door opened to an alien world - one filled with the light of knowledge: wine customs I didn't know, wine facts totally new to me, and grape names and regions I'd never heard of.

The charming, articulate, and encyclopedic purveyor of this viniculture, Darren Guillaume, is a certified sommelier, trained at the French Culinary Institute, and owner of Doc's. Tall, impeccably dressed in suit and tie, Darren shows levels of knowledge - and confidence in that knowledge - that make him clearly an expert in his field.

The main focus of his well-appointed shop is wine, mostly European wine, brands not found in other stores selling wine. And for every bottle, Darren can speak knowledgeably about the blend of grapes used, the region it's from, the soil type in that part of the region, and the effect the different soils have on the taste and quality of the wine, and - very important - how long each wine may be stored before its quality ebbs. In addition, he can suggest foods that will go perfectly with each wine.

Darren offers free wine-tastings every day, and even takes requests. He will also host parties of up to 25 people in his elegant little shop, a wonderful venue for clubs and friends.

And beer lovers, don't be put off by the title, "Wine Shop," he also stocks amazing Belgian ales.

In support of local education, Darren donated two fine bottles for auction at Hayward Education Fund's March 22 Gala.

Docs Wine Shop
22570 Foothill Blvd., Hayward
(510) 733-9463

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