Monday, September 19, 2011

D'Vine Wine Bar and Tapas

Leave everyday life behind and escape into the exquisite beauty of D'Vine wine bar. Located in Old Town Lompoc, at the west end of Santa Rita Hills, is the quaintest little wine bar with a great selection of local wines -by the glass or bottle- and specialty beers for those that prefer something other than the fruit of the vine. D'vine is the ideal destination to enjoy great food and wine in a relaxing, friendly, atmosphere. When I walk through the door at D'Vine I feel like I have been transported to another place… Tuscany or Milan perhaps. The owner, Karen May, is there to greet you with a smile and help you pick out the perfect glass of vino. Karen features a different artist every few months, so she always has some very unique art pieces adorning her walls, and there is often live entertainment on weekends. Tonight I had the pleasure of listening to Jon Stephen Faget, on his guitar. Jon is an amazing musician and plays a very nice array of Spanish/Mediterranean style music. His CD, Kandugottu, Go to Flamenco Island, is available for purchase at D'Vine.

Such a great little place to hang out with friends and share a nice glass of wine -or beer- while enjoying some delicious treats. Chef A.J. makes a really superb, artisian cheese platter that is vey beautifully presented. It has the Chef’s selection of cheeses, sopressata (Italian salami), sliced bread with mixed sun dried black mission figs, baked macadamia nuts (oven roasted with sea salt and herbs de provence) and a  mediterranean medley olive blend. Delicious, and it went very nicely with the Turchi 2009 Pinot Noir, he recommended. A.J. also offers a nice selection of unique entrees sure to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Besides one-of-a-kind Tapas prepared to perfection, he makes a Chili spiced chocolate torte, with candied applewood smoked bacon that is sure to delight. Yes,I said bacon! You will just have to trust me on this one and at least try it. Be sure to tell Karen that Kim sent you in to try A.J.'s very special chocolate torte. Another favorite  was the Cali Pizza; Spinach pesto with olive tapenade, tomato bruschetta, goat cheese and a touch of scallion. This particular evening, Russ and I shared the Mediterranean style pizza made with olive oil, mozzarella and parmesan with serrano ham, arugula with balsamic vinaigrette. I also tried the piquillo peppers stuffed with spinach and goat cheese and served on a bed of arugula greens with a citrus dressing (pictured below). The non-vegitarian is stuffed with chorizo and manchego cheese. DELICIOUS!

Be sure to "Like" them on facebook so you can be notified of all their special events. Wether it's pizza throw-downs,Thursday's ladies night, food and wine pairing-I loved the wine and chocolate truffles- or enjoying a scrumptious bowl of roasted butternut squash soup and mulled cider, while watching the parade go by, D'vine is the ideal destination to get away from it all. Certainly one of Lompoc's little treasures. 

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