Vineyard Wine Bar

/ Updated on December 14, 2017

Vineyard Wine Bar suffered a devastating and very stinky electrical fire late in 2017. Unfortunately, Joe has to start from scratch to make sure there are no odors in the restaurant. Expect a reopening around April 2018! I have left the article up and running for your anticipatory pleasure.

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.

Take a look at the Havre de Grace location.

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  1. -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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Brad says:

    When is opening date?

  5. 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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