The word that came to mind after reading many reviews of Chamard Vineyards was "inconsistent". However, I chose to visit with an open mind and form an opinion based on our experience at the bistro. My husband and I walked the grounds before our 4pm reservation and were surprised at the expanse of the actual growing area. I am sure it is beautiful when the vines are alive with leaves and fruit. We arrived at the bistro a few minutes after 4 and were asked to wait a few more minutes as the party at our table was just leaving. No problem...while waiting I heard the host tell an inquiring guest that the bistro was filled for the entire evening. The tasting room had live music and was extremely crowded even at that hour. We were shown to our table, and our waiter was friendly and helpful with choosing a wine. He told us to take our time, no rush, relax and enjoy our evening. We did enjoy the atmosphere and the food--the butternut and French onion soups were delicious, as was the burger and the grilled flatbread: the wine less so. As we were finishing our wine, the waiter came over and informed us that we had to leave in 5 min., as our table was reserved again at 5:30. We were put off by that, as a couple 2 tables away from us were seated well before we were and were still sitting at their table, finished and talking, while we were being ushered out. In addition, the table next to us had been empty for awhile. The final note to our experience was when my husband finished his last sip of wine, and found sediment at the bottom of the glass! We have to agree with a few other reviewers, the wines are overpriced for the quality, and all guests should be treated with the same respect.
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