A relaxing night out is hard to come by these days. With two crazy boys, summer vacation and living in a new location, a night out needs to be savored and thoroughly enjoyed. When Whit and I had the chance to hit the town we jumped at it.
We wanted to hit the wine bar first, because really, why not? Liquor before beer and you’re in the clear, right?
Our first impression of Vino Bella was that we were really early. Sure, it was five o’clock on a Thursday and no one else was home from work yet. It just meant we had the place to ourselves. The wood bar and the brick walls were immediately warming as was the waitress.
The wine menu was full of choices, but we decided to keep our taste close to home.The prices ranged from $8 – $20 a glass. The most expensive bottle of wine was $100.00. The most expensive appetizer was $14.00 for a very nice cheese assortment.
Whit went with the server’s favorite, Des Voigne Cellars, The Duke. It’s from the Columbia Valley and is a Zin Blend from 2006. It was in the mid range in regards to price at $13.00.
I chose a wine from Woodinville, Washington. It was the Side Door Syrah from 2003 and it was tasty. It was a full bodied wine that had a big flavor profile. It was also $13.00.
We tried the artichoke dip from the appetizer menu. It was the only thing we could agree on, because the choices are either seafood, mushrooms or cheese. The dip was pretty tasty and the perfect size for an appetizer. We were still hungry when we were done, but it did sate our appetite.
The wine bar could probably stand to make sure their wine glasses don’t have any hard water spots on them. That was our only complaint.
Our evening out was a success. We hit a couple of other places on our way home, but the wine bar was a nice, relaxing way to start out the night.
99 Front N
Issaquah, WA 98027