D'Vine Wine Cellar
Just off the sidewalk on Flower is a set of stairs that descend deep underground into an amber lit wine cave. Give it a moment, eyes will adjust and senses will kick in - soon you’ll find yourself standing face to face with the holiest of juices. Enter D’Vine Wine Cellar: it’s cozy, authentic, and not the least bit pretentious.
Choose a seat at the bar and the personable bartenders will engage in friendly banter or be the buffer to first date silence. Joe Ochs, bar manager and wine director, will aid your choosing with knowledge and wit while selecting through over 40 wines, a dozen spirits, and 6 craft beers on tap. He’ll start with the basics, “Red or white? Dry or sweet?” His quick survey directs his discretion and palettes will be satisfied. In true tasting room fashion, D’Vine does not condone cocktails; all spirits are served neat or on the rocks. Sip it, swish it and take that whiskey with pride. “We drink like adults in the cellar,” says Joe. Accompany your tasting with wine friendly food items such as charcuterie boards, foie gras, and pork belly rillettes - all are served with warm, buttered baguettes. Go ahead and treat your taste buds to a little pampering.
Despite D’Vine’s obvious sophistication, nostalgic 90s rock jams pump through the speakers to ease up all feelings of pretension. You can sip without sniff; there will be no scoffing at this low-key hideaway.
Happy Hour is 5-7pm daily and $4 will fill your cup with house red or whites. Fellow industry folks are not forgotten - bartenders, chefs, dishwashers etc. bring in a recent pay stub and receive 20% off your entire bill. “It's important to me to take care of our hospitality brothers and sisters, especially those in the neighborhood,” says Joe. Just like good ol’ Downtowner values, leave it to D’Vine to pour it forward.
Janica de Guzman