When Craig Wolf put together the wine list for the revamped Greenville Avenue Bar and Grill, he had a couple of goals in mind.

“I wanted the list to be interesting, to not be the same things you see elsewhere, and I wanted to provide our customers with value,” says Wolf, one of four new owners for the venerable restaurant, which claims to be one of the oldest in the city. “I wanted to give them the best quality at the best prices I could find.”

In this, he has come a long way toward success. The wine selection isn’t as large as at neighboring Terrili’s or the Grape (and who would have thought that party-down Lower Greenville would boast three restaurants with nifty wine?), but it is, as Wo.fe describes it, an intriguing work in progress:

Newton Claret 1997 (about $25 retail) The English, being English, call a certain style of French wine made in Bordeaux a Claret. This California bottle, not often seen in restaurants, is a good example of style – full and rich, but not too heavy.

Glen Carlou Chardonnay, 1999 A Southern African white that’s a cross between a fruity French-style Chardonnay and an okay, buttery California Chardonnary. Again, rarely seen in restaurants – or liquor stores, either.

Liberty School Casa Robles Cabernet 1999 Liberty School (owned by a three-generation Hope family and California’s respected Caymus Vineyards) makes well-regard red wines, and this is no exception.


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