Notes from the Cellar

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on July 16, 2016 by jcourington

img_04152015 Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny, Loire, France

Founded in 1898, this winery continues to thrive, with its 5th generation now at the helm. (by the way, that is the same year the Rough Riders left San Antone to run up San Juan Hill.) This wine is 55% pinot noir, 43% gamay, and 2% Cot (malbec), and 100% delicious. The average age of the vines, on this 42 hectare estate, is 21 years old and planted on clay-sand on the left bank of the Loire. The viticulture is semi-organic.

Technical tasting notes

At 13% abv, the wine shines with a beautiful light color. On the nose, cherry jumps out, along with earthy mushrooms, black licorice, and macerated strawberry. It’s bright, with a light body and a clove-cherry finish. The pinot and gamay give layers of fruit, while the cot gives a slight impression of backbone. This wine pairs swimmingly (see below) with charcuteries, sapore del piave, paski sir, and roast chicken.

Something else…

Here’s where we get weird: Ok, so we know summer in Austin is dang near inhospitable to humans. However, we got ya covered. There are many of us who still love our red wine as the the temps go to hot as ___(insert your own adjective or noun; our English teacher on site will approve). And yet, and yet, this is a red wine to get down with as the mercury rises. It’s shimmery, lithe, and as resplendent as that first dive into Barton Springs in mid-July. Come on in and try for yourself–you’ll be glad you did.

Bastille Day at Vino Vino!

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on July 14, 2016 by jcourington

We miss you! Come on in today, it’s Bastille Day at Vino Vino! 

Let’s talk deals! We have 6 oysters and a glass of our Cremant de Limoux for only $14!

For any questions, please call (512) 465-9282

Notes from the Cellar

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on July 8, 2016 by jcourington

To be honest, you will have to come to see the bottle. It will melt the summer away. Or, make these Austin summers bearable. Trust us. We crush them on our days off.

202014 Von Winning “Winnings” Riesling Pfalz, Germany


Founded in 1849, the Von Winning winery has been a pioneer in establishing the Pfalz region–Germany’s second-largest in terms of wine production–as a bastion of quality. The 2014 Winnings is sourced from three separate vineyards, all of which are farmed without the use of fertilizer, herbicide, or copper. This philosophy extends to the cellar, where the wines are allowed to age on lees in various sized oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Immediately out of the glass, there is a prevalent mineral and petrol quality. Of the second, it should be noted that petrol is a typical note of certain quality Rieslings. Additionally, apricot and white peach come through, trailed by white flowers.

On the palate, everything changes–i.e. you don’t taste gasoline. the fruit and flower are there, along with the minerality. Lighter in body, with a refreshing acidity, and low in alcohol (10.5%), this is a wonderful wine for summer in Austin. It pairs well with our baked ricotta, smoked trout salad, and seared scallops.

Tasting Notes of a…different sort

Ok, we need to have a talk….it’s relatively simple–not all Rieslings are sweet. Far from it. The Winnings is dry, like so many others. Curse you, Blue Nun for forever altering so many people’s palates and perceptions.

Here are two reasons we love this wine: 1. the nose is somewhat contradictory to the taste, in a great way. It’s a fantastic surprise to watch someone get delighted and excited all at the same time.

2. Wow! What a versatile wine for pairing with food, or to drink on its own, especially with the low ABV, as it could be a perfect apertivo.

3. Bonus reason! It’s the summer of Riesling! This crisp, bracing wine is the perfect antidote for our summer weather and the interminable traffic. Come in and cool off, both literally and figuratively. Trust us, this one lives up to its name.

Summer is HOT

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on July 8, 2016 by jcourington

Don’t miss out on Texas peaches that are fresh and delicious–Tyler, TX peaches, house pancetta Tessa, salt and olive oil.

Don’t forget about our huge wedge salad! Something cool and crisp for the summer heat–bacon, buttermilk vinigarette, loca tomatoes, radishes, and herbs.

CLOSED — July 4th!

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 29, 2016 by jcourington

Raise a glass and celebrate our nation’s independence! In honor of Independence Day, Vino Vino will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4th.




We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th for normal restaurant hours!

For questions, please call (512) 465-9282

Summer at Vino Vino

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 24, 2016 by jcourington

Come stop in and relax with Chef Jessica’s summer dishes and enjoy some wine with all of us here at Vino Vino!

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Fathers Day

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 16, 2016 by jcourington

Paella… pronounced [pah-EH-yah] — The word literally means pan.

Without the paella or classic broad pan, the dish wouldn’t be possible!

It’s an iconic recipe from Spain: An unrivaled and utterly delicious mix of rice, saffron, seafood, and sausage cooked to tender perfection in broth and white wine.

Paella is one of those dishes that benefits from being made in large quantities. The more you make of it, the better it is.

That’s why it’s such a perfect dish for Father’s Day and that’s why we serve it every Sunday at 7 p.m. sharp: Because you have to get it straight out of the pan for it to be just right!

This Father’s Day, treat dad and family to Austin’s favorite paella.


For questions, please call (512) 465-9282


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