Microclimate is a terrific word. It is really a terrific word. I thnk of it as a word to describe campus climates (really, most campuses have places that are wonderful and places that are. . . .well, awful). I think of it as a way of saying the ecology we live in is very varied and the variation is meaningful. And, of course, it is associated, in my mind, with the microclimates -- and ecologies -- of food and wine. In the latter regard, it is not unrelated to the notion of terroir that is used to speak of the ways the land itself affects the wines we drink. (And, once I read about terroir and cheese -- how what the cows eat and how the live, altitude and related climate matters, appears in cheeses. Not sure how that works - or if it is true -- but I am not writing about cheese or cows but a lovely new place that has opened in Geneva called, you guessed it. Microclimate. Here's their facebook page, but really, don't visit only virtually, visit.
Why? For two reasons. The ambience is absolutely wonderful. who would have guessed on tiny Linden Street in Geneva, NY that there could be such ambience. There are windows that open on to the street (which is only a block or so long) and you can sit at the window and hang out (literally and figuratively). The place is really designed using reclaimed woods and things, including a wall which is reclaimed from the way wine bottles are produced. The chairs are absolutely swell -- copper and etc -- so much so that I asked where they came from sicne I am in the market for a few bar stools. (No such luck.) The tables are, for the most part, made by the folks who run the place or their friends. I love some of them -- especially the orange ones. And the ambience also features quiet; a lovely bathroom; and a back room that is more sofa-filled than bar stool filled. All in all, a nice place.
And the wine? Very smartly, this place places a few local wines alongside global wines -- I had a totally amazing german pinot noir (who even knew there was such a thing) that could also come in a flight with a wide array of pinots, including one from the finger lakes. What a brilliant idea.
Also brilliant is that other local dining establishments and the Smith Opera House are sending folks along there if there is a wait. Smart. Cool. Tasty. All in one. They do serve a little food I think -- but have not tried it yet. More or less cheese plates I think -- and if they are as good -- wow!
So, all in all, I would recommend the place -- you should too.