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Love at First Bite at Absolve Lounge

Sitting in front of a sinful platter of artisan cheeses drinking champagne from a flute at Absolve Lounge, I felt like I was living a scene from Interview with a Vampire. The red velvet drapes, Gothic-looking paintings and furniture make this this plush, dark wine bar unique and luscious. I checked over my shoulder to make sure Lestat wasn't behind me, ready to bite into my juicy, alcohol-tainted, blood-pumping neck.

I ordered the salvation cheese board. I especially enjoyed the Humboldt Fog goat cheese from California, tangy and ripe with grassy accents and fruits, with a bottle of Domaine Chandon Blanc De Noir from the same state. The French mimolette, with its buttery richness, paired well with the sparkling wine. The effervescence of the wine carried the flavors of the cheese across my palette. The hummus I ordered was just okay, but the cheeses were where it was at.

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