Crisp wine at Town Center
By Alison Helena
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro features 325 – count them 325- different varieties of wine along with 70 by-the-glass. Set in a relaxing atmosphere (hip bar, couches, and a private dining room),this is a good place to sit back and enjoy your meal or anything from the aforementioned extensive wine list. The décor was what it should be for a wine bar and bistro: elegant inside with outdoor seating overlooking a fountain. Focusing on the wine (it’s called Wine Bar afterall), a highlight was a sampling of three types of wines for $18. This was a great deal albeit the trio sampled (various Shiraz) was more miss than hit- one was good, one was tolerable, and one tasted like paint thinner. If you do order a wine that is tasty enough to take home, you can buy bottles for 20 percent off. Again, that’s quite a steal.
As for the menu, the restaurant did not have as much choice as other restaurants in the area. That said, the food was excellent. The chicken scaloppini with gnocchi was superb- especially the gnocchi which was so soft it practically melted in your mouth. The small portions left you wanting more, which I guess, is the makings of a successful restaurant. While it came off a bit pretentious, there’s no mistaking that Sonoma’s a winner.