Having a partner turns bouncing a ball into a tennis match, a monologue into a conversation, and a bear attack into a slightly longer bear attack. Experience the power of pairing with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of bistro fare, wine, and more at Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro.
At Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro, an in-house sommelier curates more than 300 wines while the kitchen crafts comestible pairings and bartenders pour single-malt whiskies and Belgian beers. The grilled Atlantic-salmon fillet ($17.95) can serve as chewable sidekick to the smoky 2007 Chilean pinot noir ($6.95/4 oz. glass), and an order of PEI mussels ($9.95) complements the medium-bodied 2008 chardonnay ($6.95/per glass). To make the extensive wine list simple to enjoy, flights featuring trios of harmonious wines accompany dinner with a cappella renditions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. The International All Stars flight of red wines ($12.95) presents a Pedras Do Monte cabernet sauvignon, an Australian shiraz, and a South African cabernet sauvignon. Culled from equally far-flung lands, beers include the Belgian Chimay Blue ($15.95), a chestnut-brown brew rich in fruity flavours and offshore bank holdings. Guests sip and nibble these goods in a space whose brick-and-stone walls and wooden seats evoke the feel of a wine cellar and where live jazz shows provide entertainment three nights a week.
Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro
With its well-stocked wine racks and rock walls, Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro cultivates the softly lit ambience of an Old-World bistro. An international influence appears in the menu of fusion-tinged comfort foods. Although freshly prepared chicken parmigiana and three-cheese tortellini pasta in a gorgonzola cream sauce exhibit a commitment to homey flavours, the chefs demonstrate their culinary range by spooning red curry sauce over grilled lamb chops and creating Cajun-style jambalaya. Echoing this same multinational inclination, the wine list features more than 300 bottles from New- and Old-World producers, which helped Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro earn Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
Though their flavours can range across the globe, chefs source many ingredients locally, seeking out seasonal vegetables as well as artisanal cheeses from Quebec's iconic brie mines. Nightly entertainment also draws on local talent—the eatery invites area jazz bands to perform on select evenings.
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