Written by: Steve Stover
Date: May 8, 2014

New Concept Wine Bar/Restaurant - Cork Wine & Dine, picture by Steve Stover

New Concept Wine Bar/Restaurant – Cork Wine & Dine, picture by Steve Stover

The folks behind the Wine Bistro have unveiled a new concept wine-centric restaurant and wine bar. Cork Wine & Dine, near the intersection of Morse and Hamilton Roads, is much smaller than the Wine Bistro.

Cork Wine & Dine is small, warm, and cozy, with lots of soft furniture.  The decor is wine-centric with lots of corks and even wine bottle chandeliers.

A small list of wines by the glass/bottle comes with the menu, but an entire wall of the restaurant is a “live wine list” You can choose a bottle from the “wine wall” at restaurant prices, which have below average mark-ups, but prices are relatively higher on less expensive bottles.

The menu is wine friendly, portions are ample, and sharing is encouraged.

We started with the Indaba Chenin Blanc from South Africa ($23), light and flavorful but not too fruity.

Crisp flatbread, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil, picture by Steve Stover.

Crisp flatbread, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil, picture by Steve Stover.

Our group of four shared all of the dishes: bread service, bianca and nan; the New York cheddar & port fondu ($8), was our least favorite item; the very good grilled Romaine Caesar shaved parmesan (7); Baci four cheese pasta purses, duck bacon, onion, fresh peas, tomatoes, and parmesan ($13); Chicken Scallopine Napoleon, Asiago cream, tomato, raddichio, arugula ($15); crisp flatbread, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil ($11).

Chicken Scallopine Napoleon. Photo: Steve Stover.

Chicken Scallopine Napoleon. Photo: Steve Stover.

We also had the “cupcake of the day,” chocolate of course!

The menu has nine “small plates and shareables,” priced from $5 to $13; five soups and salads $5 to $7; six pastas and “bigger plates,” $13 to $20; three flatbreads, two with garlic cream, $11 to $14; three sandwiches, all $11; and four desserts, from $3 for the cupcake to $6.

Our server Kat was excellent, knowledgeable on wines and food.

Overall, Cork Wine & Dine offers wines and wine friendly fare at fair prices.

 

Cork Wine & Dine

4782 Morse Road

Columbus, OH 43230

614-476-2675

CorkWineDine.com