A few weeks back we found ourselves walking around Center City Philly on a nice afternoon in search of a glass of vino. Anyone familiar with 13th and Sansom streets knows that there are plenty of options available. We had always wanted to visit Vintage Wine Bar…I mean, it’s got half our name and all. ;) It didn’t look too busy, though a few people were seated at some tables out front. We decided to venture in and were surprised to find it was empty! This made it a great choice and quite easy to snap pics of the tiny bar/restaurant.
The decor and vibe of the place are casual, cozy, sophisticated, and vintage all rolled into one. The red and wood accents give it a sexy feel. Right up our alley.
While we weren’t extremely hungry, we glanced at the food menu and found it’s simplicity and variety very unique…a mix of French and bar/pub type dishes. We quickly agreed we had to try the Cheese plate to pair with our wines. We have to say, it impressed us. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. Her suggestions were right on. The cheeses were so good with a couple of familiar varieties. We had some fresh fruit, yummy bread and olives too.
The wine list is where it’s at, as it should be at a good wine bar. Choosing one was not an easy task. Again, the waitresses suggestions were welcomed. We had a glass of the Carmenere which she said is a local favorite… we get why! The 2011 Apaltagua from the Colchagua Valley in Chile had scents of cocoa and jalapeno and tasted of dark fruits and rich flavors. It was delicious. We also tried the Regaleat 2009 Nero D’Avolo. It had dark berry flavors with floral hints and a little earthy and herbal quality to it. Prices were reasonable at $9 and $10 a glass.
We definitely plan to return to Vintage soon and sample some other wines and their wine flights! We hear happy hour is great and that the Vintage burger is pretty good. The desserts sounded tempting too. We highly recommend you give Vintage a visit if you’re a wine lover in Philly.