Fortune struck last night as our son’s soccer game location was changed to House Park. Marc and I took that at as sign – it had been far too long since we had visited the Wink Wine Bar. You can park at the stadium and walk to Wink in minutes. It simple is a no-brainer.
This little spot of sophistication is truly what got us hooked on the wine bar scene in Austin. Tucked away behind Whole Earth Provisions on Lamar and across from WINK, the gold standard of dining in Austin, the Wink Wine Bar is a perfect place to spoil your palette. We like to sit at the bar – a great place for conversation with experts. You can not go wrong with the large selection of wines by the taste or glass. I was delighted to see an Arneis as an offering. One sip and I knew that was the liquid gold I would be sipping with my dinner at the this evening. Marc took his time sampling several of the reds on the list. I’ll let him share…
Food is available as bar bites, bar apps OR you can order off of the WINK restaurant menu. All bar apps are ½ off between 5-7pm. A sweet deal! Since this visit was serving as our dinner, we picked the mini brie burgers and the mac-n-cheese. Our friend behind the bar quickly replied “Oh, you want the happy meal.” If you can rate “happy”, this meal would be off the charts. The burgers are excellent, but the mac-n-cheese with black truffles is beyond explanation. Just go and get yourself some. You will be glad you did.
Since the varsity games don’t start until 7:45pm, we had time to share a dessert. Marc is a big fan of the El Rey Chocolate Cake, which we enjoyed with a Petite Syrah from California (2010 Seven Sinners). It is a pretty decadent dessert, but my favorite part is the cherries that come with the cake. I am still waiting for WINK to “wow” me with a sweet offering that celebrates fruit.
Now that is what I call the perfect beginning to a lovely evening.
The weather was perfect – not wet, not too cold – kind of a surprise for this time of year. The boys played well and won 3-0. After three goals I almost have our new German victory song down. I’m almost memorized Henrike!