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Ballou's Wine Bar, Guilford, CT


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Ballou's Wine Bar, Guilford, CT

Shoreliner | | Aug 31, 2009 05:14 PM

This is a great place to try some fine wines. The 1st time we went we had an appetizer of the olives (very good) and a spinach and cheese fondue (good also). I'd get the olives again and would want to try the other fondue on the menu. I had a salad (apple, walnut, with a maple vinegrette) - I loved this. I'd get it again. They have an assortment of paninis that I haven't tried yet, but want to. We had a bottle of red wine #306 Antinori Tormaresca Neprica 2008 that was very good. Then we had a dessert wine flight - 4 shots of your choice of wine in chocolate cups - so good!

So we went back Fri nite and sat at the bar. We had a wine tasting flight of 3 red wines. I was going to list the numbers and names, but didn't since it's really a matter of taste. We had appetizers - a plate of 3 cheeses and 3 meats (good) and the hummus plate (average). For a glass of one of the wines we liked, we had #315 Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon. When we got there it was 1/2 full, when we left it was packed with a line waiting. There was a jazz combo - great ambiance. Then we had the dessert wine flight. I had the Moscato d' Asti, Banfi Rosa Regate (didn't like), Desiree Chocolate (great) and Essencia Muscat (good). Also the #500 Presidential Port was very good. Then we had an espresso. We had such a good time. Have to try this place again. They have a dessert - a crepe cake that i wanted to try but was too full - next time. They only have it on weekends i think.

Also, they have a Vinturi oxigenator to oxidate the wine before serving it - this was so impressive. I have to get one! They have them for sale there.