Twisted Vine, Westerly, RI
DC and I had the pleasure of attending a wine dinner at the Twisted Vine last night. The wines focused on southern Rhone and were provided by the Wine Store (aka Warehouse Liquors). Unfortunately, I neglected to take a copy of the list of wines served. Suffice to say, they were delicious and very well-paired with each course. Mike did an excellent job introducing each wine with its course. Highlights of the meal included a wild mushroom purse with a balsamic cream sauce, lamb chops with a scalloped-type potato side and a poached pear with a chocolate goat cheese filling.
Patty, the owner, was a warm and gracious hostess who really made everyone feel welcome. The big take away of the evening was, Twisted Vine also serves food. I would add to that and say the Twisted Vine serves terrific food in a warm and welcoming environment.
We look forward to returning and hope there will be more of these special events.
Hubby and I ate there last weekend, and I agree with much of what you say here. The staff was warm and attentive, and they did a great job with the decor and atmosphere. I was surprised, however, that the regular menu wasn't more interesting. Usually small plates intrigues me, but I was disappointed in their rather pedestrian cheeses and meats offered (edam was about the most exciting one they had for cheese, and soupy for meat). It seems like this is a place where they could really offer interesting items that really complement the extensive wine list. Similarly, the grilled cheeses, which could be cool, were a little bland - although we did sample one tasty combination. We also had a wagyu burger special that was very good, but not part of the normal menu. Each of their other tapas-type offerings had something that went with them that made them less appealing. We will go back, but I'd like to see them step up their attempt to please the palate for eating as well as drinking. There are just too many other places in Westerly now for them not to excel (and gourmet or not, the stuffed pretzels across the street at the Malted Barley are darn good).