Wine Bars

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Rosé Increases in Popularity in the St. Louis Summer Heat

    For this week's review, I visited Bocci Bar (16 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040) in Clayton, the latest concept from Frank Schmitz, whose other restaurants include Coastal Bistro & Bar and BARcelona. Though I was underwhelmed with Bocci's menu revamp, the wine bar's extensive selection o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Bocci Bar Still Struggles with Its Identity: Review

    Restaurateur Frank Schmitz owns two places just a block from one another in Clayton. While BARcelona Tapas restaurant hustles and bustles, the other, Bocci Wine Bar, has floundered as a moderately upscale Italian bistro. Schmitz decided to temporarily shutter Bocci for remodeling and retooled it as ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Review Preview: Bella Vino

    This week's review invites my compatriots on this side of the Missouri to make the jaunt across the Blanchette Bridge to old town St. Charles' Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (325 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-3434). See Also: Green, But Sustainable? Prasino has eco-friendly dining down. Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    The Dark Room Coming to Grand Center in March

    Grand Center is already home to over 30 arts organizations and more than a few eateries. Now, it's partnering with the International Photography Hall of Fame and Kranzberg Arts Center's Ken Kranzberg and Chris Hansen for The Dark Room, a wine bar-cum-art gallery located between Powell Symphony Hall ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 18, 2013
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    February 19, 2013

    March 2013 Issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine Features Four St. Louis Wine Bars

    Gut Check loves us some wine. Yesterday was National Wine Day, and let's just say we did the holiday proud. Aside from guzzling glasses of grape, we, on occasion, like to read about wine, too. Imagine our delight, then, upon learning that four St. Louis wine bars are featured in the March 2013 issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    First Look: Elaia and Olio

    The unassuming old (circa 1937) Standard Oil gas station at the corner of McRee and Tower Grove Avenues in the city's Botanical Heights neighborhood has received a new lease on life, thanks to chef Ben Poremba, one of the masterminds behind the acclaimed salumeria Salume Beddu. Poremba has renovate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    The Nine Best Wine Bars in St. Louis

    Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    The Crossing Introduces New Wine Bar

    Last year, Jim Fiala transformed the back dining room of his Central West End spot Liluma (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-7771) into Liluma Side Door, a more casual, small plates-focused restaurant-within-a-restaurant. Now, Fiala is introducing something similar at The Crossing (7823 Forsyth Boule ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    A Wine Bar Manager's Lament: Against the Free-Sample System on! Roll the dice! Order a glass!​Get a nose of this tart little rant! The author, we've confirmed, is the general manager of a wine bar in St. Louis. He sent this missive to a few friends, and it quickly made its way to our inbox.We'd describe the text below as f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Jenny Turner of Boenker Farms On the Family's Plans to Open a Winery and Café

    Image viaWe heard it through the grapevine that Jenny Turner plans to convert some of Boenker Farms' land into a winery.​In these uncertain times, opening a business is an intimidating venture. Jenny Turner and a handful of her ten siblings have persevered through years of waiting and cutting ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 6, 2010
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    January 27, 2009

    FoodWire: 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar Changing Hands, Format

    Jake Hafner, the owner of 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar (1913 Park Avenue) and a sommelier for whom there's no appropriate superlative, signed on the dotted line yesterday with his good friend Jeff Stettner.After nearly eight years in business, Hafner's stowing away his corkscrew and selling Stettn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    FoodWire: Erato on S. Grand to Become Parkside Lounge and Fusion Cuisine

    Erato, the wine bar at 3117 South Grand Boulevard, has closed. I live nearby, so I received a postcard from Excise Commissioner Robert W. Kraiberg informing me that a restaurant called Parkside Lounge and Fusion Cuisine has applied for a liquor license at that address. No further details at this tim ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2008

    Master Debaters

    You're wrong! No, you're wrong!

  • Dining

    November 28, 2007

    Goblet Up!

    Webster Groves gets a wine bar. Will Ian drink to that?

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2007

    Review Preview: Robust

    Owner Stanley Browne, a certified sommelier, has curated Robust's list with care, offering an eclectic, if not exhaustive, selection that avoids two common wine-list pitfalls: too many overpriced low-end wines you can find at your local supermarket, and high-end wines like cult California cabernets ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 25, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    Small Plates: Thursday, 3/8

    Acero is now open at 7266 Manchester Road in Maplewood (the space last occupied by Arthur Clay's). The restaurant and wine bar featuring northern Italian cuisine -- an enoteca -- is the third area restaurant from Jim Fiala, who also owns Liluma and The Crossing. Acero is open for dinner from 5 to 10 ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 21, 2003

    Drink to This, Drink to That

    Sasha's Wine Bar beckons diners to spend a lazy afternoon