I had the opportunity to try out a new wine bar in downtown Greenville last night. Stellar's official grand opening is today.
The space (above now-closed Venti) is pretty sleek. A nighttime sky is painted on the ceiling, complete with twinkling fiber-optic lights. The service was great as the staff seems well-prepared. All the wines (about 40 or so, I think) can be ordered by the bottle, 6 oz. glasses, or 2.5 oz. glasses. The menu is full of interesting appetizers, small plates, and desserts.
We started with cheddar ale fondue (probably my least favorite. I'd prefer more bread and fewer veggies like tomatoes and carrots.) The roasted vegetable baklava was delicious, and the mini pork tenderloin wellington with apple chutney was good by default since it involved bacon and puff pastry. I could leave the okra and red potato succotash that accompanied it. The dessert sampler introduced me to my new guilty pleasure: apple and pear empanadas. Next time I'll scrap the sampler and I order just the empanadas, with cinnamon ice cream and a cheddar dipping sauce, as the menu describes. And yes, I think there will be a next time. Stellar seems to bring something new and fun to the table for downtown Greenville.