Vineyard Wine Bar

/ Updated on November 13, 2018

Vineyard Wine Bar is back! Joe Lertch of The Vineyard Wine Bar & Bistro has finished the extensive fitup and cleanup needed to reopen his Rehoboth location of Vineyard Wine Bar & Bistro in downtown Rehoboth after the stinky fire that occurred late last year. He turned the key to the newly remodeled space on Friday, Sept. 28.

Joe spent three decades in the wine industry in sales management and senior management positions and is well respected in the wine world as an educator, consultant, writer, speaker, and as a wine judge.  Joe belongs to a number of wine societies including being a Tastevin Member and chairman of the Decathon Council of The Dionysian Society International. Lertch has worked with the on-premises channel of the restaurant business consulting to establish restaurant theme, floorplan, menu design, and wine lists that have been awarded time and time again for excellence.

Listen to Joe and his friend/wine expert Paul Cullen on the Sip & Bite Show that aired on 105.9FM on June 30, 2018.

The menu mirrors the mothership Vineyard in Havre de Grace, Md. and is essentially the same as it was before the unfortunate incident. It’s divided into several easy-to-understand sections. Food is listed under Salads (6 or so nice selections – we loved the apple walnut and the signature Caesar), Flatbreads (nice and thin & crispy – 8 selections as of this writing – our early-on pick hits are the mushroom harvest, lamb sausage and prosciutto & fig). The main courses are cleverly arranged in an oenophilic manner: Light Bodied (small plates – we liked the sprout bruschetta, the meatballs and the BBQ chicken skewers); Medium Bodied (moderate plates – Foodie pick hit: The Duck Duck Shrooms! The buttery celeriac puree mimics mashers, but has a LOT of flavor. We also liked the Shrimp & Grits). Lastly, the Full Bodied entrees included a very good Salmon Wellington and a Steakhouse Filet.

Our most recent visit during the media party for the grand reopening included the brie en croute and another order of those good meatballs, also en croute, technically. Check out the gallery for photos. Those of you who like gin & tonic should NOT miss the Wint & Lila Gin & Indie Lime Tonic. Again… it is duly represented in the photo gallery. Sip & Enjoy. We LOVED the wild boar and bison entrees – beautifully presented.

The star of the show is the wine ice cream (see the gallery). Not alcoholy at all, the taste is smooth and mild. It’s served with berries du jour. This one is a must-get. Trust me. See it in the gallery.

Click here to listen to Joe talk about his Vineyard concept, his history and the birth of the Rehoboth location on the Sip & Bite Show that aired 7/29/17.

Browse through the photo gallery to see many of these dishes. We will add more as we revisit the Vineyard Wine Bar & Bistro in Rehoboth.

So you can pace your food orders along with your wines. As you would expect, the wine list is quite extensive, with a wide range of reasonably priced sips. Another nice touch is that you can order a flight of little sips (about half the price of a full portion of wine), full glasses or even a bottle. We love getting a flight of 4 or so small sips so we can try some vintages we might not otherwise have tried as a full glass.

Mon. thru Thurs, happy hour from 3:56 to 6pm. Dinner from open ’til 10.

Friday, happy hour from 3:56 to 6. Dinner from open ’til 11.

Saturday open 5-11.

Take a look at the Havre de Grace location.

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  1. Barbara Dar says:

    One of our absolute favorite neighborhood places, both before and after the fire. This place is highly underrated judging from the lack of customers. It has one of the best happy hour deals in town — great wine selection and several delicious flatbreads and more to choose from. They’ve come a long way and deserve much more support from locals! Would hate to seem them join the multitude of restaurant closings!!

  2. Diane Markman says:

    We have been there twice this week and plan to make the Vineyard a regular stop! The first time to have wine tastings and to check out the menu! Stopped there Sunday evening too late for dinner but did try one of the flatbreads (split). Excellent!

  3. Karen says:

    We are so happy to hear about the reopening! It had become one of our favorite places last year! Everything about the place is wonderful and we are looking forward to returning again.

  4. Siobhan McIntyre says:

    Worth mentioning that The Vineyard (Havre de Grace location) was named the Top WINE BAR in this year’s Best of Baltimore 2018.

    Knowledgeable staffers, wine selections and “first – rate food…tempting assortment of small plates” noted.

    We are lucky to now have Joe’s Rehoboth location reopening!

  5. Liz says:

    I’m pleasantly surprised, we were all beginning to think they would never reopen. Good for them and downtown Rehoboth!

  6. -AT says:

    If you love wine or want to expand your wine palate, this is the place to come.
    (I understand that there may be an even expanded wine menu coming shortly.
    That would be wonderful).

    Oh, and the food is great as well.
    If you need pairing suggestions Joe and his staff are sure to provide.

  7. Karen Aszman says:

    My husband and I had dinner last night at Vineyard and loved it! Our server, Ruschetta, was an absolute delight; really sweet and very attentive. She was very enthusiastic about her new job, telling us that the owner, Joe was going to be educating all of his staff so they become knowledgeable in all of the aspects of serving wine. It was apparent she loved it there and was looking forward to her future with the restaurant. That, in my mind, will make this place a success! As we have seen here in RB, the really successful restaurants have amazing staff that love what they do and work as a team.

    Having said that, the food has to be good too and Vineyard’s food was awesome. We had the five – selection charcuterie platter to start with which was perfect for two people to share. Then we split one of the flatbreads – the chicken pesto. Again, perfect for two people. We selected a bottle of Italian wine, a Brunello, from their extensive menu and loved it. We appreciated the fact that the wine list has many different wines instead of the typical cab, sauvignon blanc, chard, etc. And the really neat thing about this place is they offer flights. So, if you’re feeling adventurous you can select four different wines and you will receive a 3 ounce pour of each selection. How cool is that?!

    Joe, the owner was walking around, greeting people and he came over to our table and talked to us for quite some time. What an interesting guy! He told us that, in the fall, he plans to offer wine tasting classes. We can’t wait!

    Vineyard is exactly what Rehoboth has needed for quite some time. My husband and I are thrilled and can’t wait to bring our friends and neighbors.

  8. Robert Turner says:

    Just what Rehoboth needed! We really enjoyed our meal last night. We enjoyed wonderful wine with great food. The waiter was very attentive. A great time was had by all.

  9. Brad says:

    When is opening date?

  10. Charles Johnson says:

    [Vineyard is a] Great place, been there several times. Used to live 8 miles from Havre de Grace. Great wine list and food.

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