Joe Lertch of The Vineyard Wine Bar & Bistro has finished the extensive fitup and cleanup needed to open his second location of Vineyard Wine Bar & Bistro in the downtown Rehoboth space formerly occupied by Espuma. It took a lot longer than he thought it would, as the space had been neglected for a long time. But he is open, up and running!
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.
The menu is 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.
We have returned several times since our first visit, and things get better every time. Our most recent visit 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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer hours are:
Sunday brunch 10:30-3, dinner 5-9.
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.