Daniel’s Broiler: Vintage Lounge
The 30 "Cruvinet Selections" are all wines that have been rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator, Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast. The "Cruvinet Selections" are both domestic and imported and are diverse in style, varietal type, and vintage. These wines are appropriately served in Reidel stemware.
Now, trying these wines does come at a price but from looking at their current list it allows you access to some wines that are not commonly available, and certainly not by the glass. I noticed they had DeLille Chaleur Estate on the menu (pdf) – a good point of reference for me since I’d just purchased a bottle at the winery. At the winery the Chaleur Estate was $68 a bottle. At Vintage Lounge a glass will run you $32 or so. Not exactly a bargain, but again there may be times when you’d like access to something you normally wouldn’t be able to try. And, not all the wines are this expensive; I just picked this as an example since I knew the winery bottle price by heart.
On the other hand, while the lounge has its own appetizer menu they told me that the regular Daniel’s Happy Hour menu is also available in Vintage Lounge! During Happy Hour all appetizers are half price – it’s one of the best deals in town, in my opinion.
During the wine tasting we attended they served a combination of things we were familiar with and new things. For instance they were passing, the crab legs and jumbo shrimp from the regular menu; and ahi on cucumber and flank steak stuffed with cream spinach, two items I hadn’t seen before.
This may not end up being an everyday place but I can certainly see it being a fun place to stop by every now and then.
10500 N.E. 8th, 21st Floor (In the bank building)
Open daily at 4:00p.m.