Best Wine Bar
Published: September 22, 2010
507 S. Exeter St., (410) 528-8600, vinorosina.com
In a testament to trends popping up in Baltimore after they’ve hit and died everywhere else, a number of wine bars have opened up in town recently. We like them all—newbies and stalwarts such as Wine Market and Grand Cru—in different ways, but Vino Rosina really caught our palate. It’s pretty swank, which befits its Harbor East locale. There’s a minimalist cool to the bar and the dining room, but the staff is pretension-free and have plenty to say about the myriad wines offered. They seem not just willing to help you make an informed decision but genuinely excited about it. The food isn’t cheap, and some of the portions can be tiny, but Jesse Sandlin (formerly of Abacrombie and Top Chef) has created a menu of interesting treats that pair beautifully with the wines on hand. The general feeling is decadent but welcoming, and you can’t beat that.