Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Joint in Town (Eugene)

There is a nice surprise awaiting at the top of the main stairs at 5th Street Public Market. Route 5 NW Wine Bar. It inhabits the old LaVelle Tasting Room and boy is it nice! They have taken all the walls out of the main area and surrounded us with great wines! The list of wines does not include only Oregon wines but they have a pretty good start. The wines on tap are a great way to travel through Oregon and they even have some foreign wines from south of and north of the border. Kirsten, the reining wine Queen's tastes are spot on so I trust what she is bringing aboard, and she is backed up by Phillip from Marche'.

I chatted a bit with Trent, who recently moved from Washington and is cutting his teeth on Oregon's fare. He recommended an '07 Stoney Mountain  Pinot Noir that was rich with dark fruit and earth, a bit of straw on the nose with prunes and currents. VERY nice wine. They offer a splash, a glass, or a flask! They also offer a great menu with their own flare prepared at Marche' . Roasted hazelnuts with rosemary and spices, smoked chilli popcorn, they will even surprise you with a mixed meat and cheese board for $20 to share as you taste through a few AVAs. They have a full menu of snacks to keep you happy.
One of the coolest design ideas they use is wine bottles drilled and placed to create a window. Very beautiful, and now I know what do do with all those old bottles!
There are a lot of wines I am looking forward to tasting here, and they have a lot of my personal favorites like Cowhorn, Winter's Hill, and Bergstrom just to name a few. Today I had the Deviled eggs and chicken liver-apple brandy mousse with toasts. I am very happy;)
Stop by and give them a try and tell them you saw it here!

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