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MSP report: Vino 610 wine bar

AnneInMpls | Mar 23, 2006 04:26 PM

My wine-tasting group went to Vino 610 last Sunday. Our visit was a success. (Thanks to those of you who recommended this place in an earlier thread!)

The place is very uptown and stylish: all black walls, tables, and chairs, with little candles and light strings everywhere. The place wasn't busy at all, and service was good.

My group wanted to try wine flights, so we were happy to see seven or eight flights on the menu - each flight offers tastes of four wines for $8. The selection of wines tends to be inexpensive - which is expected for an affordable flight - with a mix of common and more "unusual" wines.

I tried the Pinot Gris/Grigio/Blanc flight (loved the Adelsheim Pinot Gris) and the Pinot Noir flight (one wine was ice cold and tasteless; the rest were fine). I also had sips of the Chardonnay flight (bleh), the Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier flight (nice), and the Cabernet flight (some good, some eh). Others tried a Syrah/Shiraz/Sirah flight, and picked the McManis Petite Sirah as their favorite wine of the evening. (I had a sip of this one - it's yummy!)

The menu is pretty good - it's larger than on their web site, which only shows the first page of a two-page menu. In addition to a handful of appetizers, salads, and a daily soup, they have sandwiches and lavosh (crisp-bread) pizzas with cheesy toppings. We shared the Asiago Artichoke Dip, some Chicken Quesadillas, and the Parisian Lavosh (which has a cream cheese and pine-nut topping). All were very tasty, and I would order them again - especially the quesadillas with their very yummy salsa.

Unfortunately, most dishes are quite cheese-heavy - understandable, as cheese is said to "soften" a harsh or less than perfect wine. But I would have liked some non-cheese dishes that were better matches for the food-friendly wines, like Pinot Noir.

Note that after 8 pm on Sunday, glasses of wine are half price. (So is tap beer.) So I'd go back, especially on a Sunday. But I like the Riverview Wine Bar better, because it's cozier, the wine flights are witty and well-chosen, and it has an out-of-the-way location with good parking. Note: I've only ever been to four wine bars: Vino 610, Riverview, Beaujo's, and Cesare's in Stillwater - so far, Cesare's is my favorite.



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