d'Vine was started as a wine-lover's paradise and a wine novice's safe haven, where an average Joe can walk in with truly no knowledge of the stuff and still be guided (gently!) to a wine that they'll like.Real talk: we are not exactly wine connoisseurs. And when we confessed to owner Bob that we probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a merlot and a cabernet, we expected an air of pity. Instead, Bob gave us a chuckle—and a suggestion to come try out a Tuesday night weekly blind tasting. And that's pretty much true to d'Vine's atmosphere and, in a way, mission: to be totally low-key, educational (if you want it), and, in Bob's words, "to help people discover the kinds of wines they like." Which we're all about, considering our Two Buck Chuck isn't exactly cutting the mustard anymore.
d'Vine was started as a wine-lover's paradise and a wine novice's safe haven, where an average Joe can walk in with truly no knowledge of the stuff and still be guided (gently!) to a wine that they'll like. Of course, d'Vine isn't just for the amateurs—vino pros will take a great deal of joy in the restaurant's collection of 400-plus bottles lining three walls of the dining room. And what's a great glass of wine without a little snack (or big plate) to go along with it? d'Vine's menu includes a good deal of fancy accompaniments, from charcuterie to flatbreads to cheese plates (choose from fifteen different cheeses, and also get suggestions on which one will pair best with that California cab). Flatbread pizzas include one delicious option that marries fig and prosciutto, while the star of the bigger entree menu are crab cakes inspired by Bob's Baltimore roots. And for those who don't care to sip the vino, d'Vine also offers quite a good beer list to wash down that Greenhill Cheese from Georgia's own Sweetgrass Dairy. Now, then. Pardon us while we go get ourselves wined, dined.... and maybe a little educated.
Cheese Plate, $11 (2 cheeses) to $21 (6 cheeses)
Swiss & Bacon Dip with Crostini, $8
Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread Pizza, $14
Bob's Crabcakes, $18
Monday - Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday, 5 p.m. - midnight