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Wine service is professional and fine dining is casual at Back Wine Bar, where patrons can relax inside the bar’s polished interior or lounge lazily on the inviting outdoor patio. Greeting guests with its coy rouge and batting eyelashes, an attractive wine list offers 3 oz. tastes, 6 oz. glasses, and full-bottle options. Full-bodied 2008 Filus Reserve malbecs ($4.50/$9/$34) and aromatic 2005 Stolpman syrahs ($5.50/$11/$42) inspire the mouth to sing songs of red-tinctured ecstasy. Cravings for chilly white potations are satisfied with vintages such as the elegant 2008 Reuscher-Haart Riesling ($4.50/$9/$34). Those who appreciate grape-drenched stemware trinities can choose from four creative wine flights ($17–$21). A separate food menu of saporous snacks features tasty chompables such as artisanal cheese plates ($14), Hawaiian ahi poke ($14), crème brûlée ($7), and a selection of draft and bottled beers.
At Back Wine Bar, the hard-working husband-and-wife team of owner-operators can frequently be observed checking up on guests, recommending pairings, and joggling atop oaken barrels. Behind the bar, a wall is decorated with dozens of labeled bottles that tantalize customers with all the colorful options of a rectangular, wall-mounted rainbow. Snag a piece of your tablemate’s mini pizza, kick back in a shaded metallic patio chair, and balance a prosecco-filled flute on your nose while enjoying views of the setting sun as they creep behind the proximate El Dorado Hills.
The Sacramento Bee gives Back Wine Bar a four-star review. Zagat and Serrano Magazine agree with the positive rating. The bar was chosen as an Editor's Pick: Best Place to Wine and Dine in Sacramento Magazine's 2009 Subscribers' Choice Dining Awards, and it also took home the 2009 Style Magazine Readers' Choice Awards for Best Glass of Wine. Yelpers give it a four-star average:
- …excellent, thoughtfully conceived and mildly eclectic wine list with a tighter focus on the food – several salads, a steak sandwich to die for, mini pizzas three ways and the peppery deliciousness of ahi with rice. – Blair Anthony Robertson, Sacramento Bee
- Today, the thriving venue routinely bursts at the seams with jean-clad foodies spilling out onto the adjacent patio to sip wine, eat great food and mingle. – Lynn Machon, Serrano Magazine
- …if you’re feeling peckish, there’s a compact menu of simple, wine-friendly food, such as mini pizzas, bruschetta, a steak sandwich and Hawaiian ahi poke. – Sacramento Magazine
- …brings a bit of sophistication to a Folsom shopping center with its vino as well as its American nibbles with a twist, like bruschetta combos and ahi poke; the intimate, dimly lit setting – not to mention the chocolate dessert platter – makes it a sweet date spot. – Zagat
25075 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, California 95630Get Directions