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HIP TASTER of the Week: B is for Barta
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Name: Barta
Profession: Project Management
Hometown: Danville, CA

Meet Michelle Barta, one of my all time best buds and one of those people almost everyone calls by her last name. In fact, I'm not even sure I've ever called her "Michelle", something that strikes me as a little odd I suppose but makes her a perfect candidate for this week's HIP TASTE-r of the Week.

This pic was taken at one of my favorite San Fran haunts, Absinthe bar & restaurant. Absinthe is the kind of place where you can spend a whole Sunday afternoon noshing on yummy French-inspired eats and sipping delicious wine before you realize the sun's on its way down.

That's exactly the way things played out a couple of weeks ago when Barta and I enjoyed a beautiful bottle of Burgundy (how's that for alliteration in winespeak?) at the bar one sunny Sunday afternoon. The wine was fantastic - a Faiveley 1998 Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru - and we were so pleased with it we took a picture.

Barta, in addition to being beautiful and always impeccably put together (seriously!), is a budding wine enthusiast who's always game to try new things. Whether it's good Burgundy or the latest "freak" wine selection I pick up, I know I can count on her to give it a go.

And so you see, there's really nothing B-level about her - she's an A all the way!


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