Wine & Dine at 6th and Vine
By Kristen Margo Daukas
The weather seems to finally have broken here in the Triad and everywhere you look, there are people sitting outside enjoying the longer days and warmer evenings. Guests arriving at 6th and Vine hoping to sit outside could be dismayed to find the front patio full, but a quick walk through the inside reveals one of Winston’s best-kept secrets – 6th and Vine has a back patio that is nothing short of amazing! Surrounded by painted brick walls, the back patio rivals any big city seating area I’ve ever been to. There are flowers and plants in every nook and cranny you can imagine and it creates the perfect setting for dinner and drinks with friends
6th and Vine opened 14 years ago when the owners saw the potential in that area of downtown. With the success of Sweet Potatoes down the road and the popularity of the growing Gallery Hops, the restaurant quickly became one of the hottest spots in town. With their vast wine menu, unique culinary dishes, and passionate and caring staff, they’ve remained a local’s favorite since.
The crowd that frequents 6th and Vine is an eclectic mix of personalities and ages – you’ll find the younger 20-somethings sitting next to retired folks and everything in between. Come in on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and these groups will be mingling with the background sounds of a DJ or live music, added to the conversation and laughter.
Open for lunch Tuesday – Friday, dinner service Tuesday – Sunday, and brunch Saturday and Sunday, the menu at 6th and Vine is a foodie’s dream. They’ve recently changed their brunch menu to include dishes such as Bananas Foster French Toast, Maple Jalapeno Bacon, and a special Bloody Mary – which could be a main dish in of itself as it has the Maple Jalapeno Bacon, a large shrimp, and olive as the garnish, and is made with Tito’s Vodka.
But a new brunch menu isn’t enough – a new dinner menu will be rolled out in a few weeks that, in addition to the new items, will still have guest and staff favorites including the Smoked Turkey sandwich (which has been there from the beginning), Baked Brie in a puff pastry with raspberry and honey garlic sauces, and Antipasto and Cheese Board – which you can jazz up with smoked salmon. The Blackberry Duck dish has been on the menu for 3 rotations as it’s so popular with guests.
Looking for a solid steak dish? Try the Mocha Crusted Sirloin with a White Chocolate Cognac Creme Sauce or the Prime Ribeye currently served with a Cabernet Butter but soon to be replaced with a Smoked Pistachio Pesto. Lighter fares to try are the Baked Goat Cheese Salad or the Poached Pear Salad with bleu cheese – both are long time favorites.
But what about the wine? With more than 40 wines served by the glass, 6th and Vine is one of the best (if not the best) places in town to try new and unique wines. Just grab the wine list, which is on an actual wine bottle, and you’ll find a special section for sparkling wines, white wines, red wines, and a special reserved list for wines from around the world. The wine is always fresh as they use the Coravin system which allows them to pour from the bottle without removing the cork. The wine list is changed twice a year or when the bar staff and owner starts to get bored with the current one, so you’ll always find something new to try. With ½ price glasses on Thursdays, it’s the perfect opportunity to push your palette to try new things!
Decorated with big comfy sofas and chairs, and local art hanging on the wall (that is available to purchase!), the staff at 6th and Vine do everything they can to make wine comfortable. They’ll ask a few questions and pick a wine from the list that they’ll think you’ll like and almost always choose the right one! If you’re in the mood for something other than wine, their hand-crafted cocktails won’t disappoint. The Cucumber Martini is perfect for the warmer weather as well as the different spins on Moscow Mules and the newly added Gingerberry Sparkler is quickly becoming a brunch favorite!
Next time you’re wanting to celebrate with friends or family, you will be delighted by all the offerings at 6th and Vine. Just be sure to do it on the patio!