The brainchild of Atlanta Wine School founder Michael Bryan, Vino Venue in Dunwoody is a new multiple choice wine bar and retail emporium that offers shopping, tasting, dining, education and entertainment under one roof.
The look: Situated in a strip center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road, next to I-285, the modern design creates several distinct environments around a large open space with a variety of seating areas. Tall banquet-style tasting tables, cozy dining nooks, a low-slung storefront lounge, and a curving wine bar are accented by wood floors, floor-to-ceiling wine racks and artistic lighting.
The scene: One recent evening, Vino Venue’s diversity was on full display. While customers shopped for wine, a small group congregated around a jovial French winemaker conducting a tasting at a table spread with plates of charcuterie and cheese. Several women joined a ladies night out event, and a few couples grabbed seats at the wine bar to sample small plates and pairings.
The menu: The small plate menu features snacks like edamame hummus with crispy ciabatta ($5), maple bacon popcorn ($6) and peppadew sweet peppers stuffed with honey goat cheese ($6). Larger offerings include wild mushroom flatbread with caramelized onions, mozzarella and parmagiano reggiano, truffle oil and fresh herbs ($9) and beef short rib with pinot grigio jus and polenta crackers ($9). Among the desserts, look for dark chocolate and orange pot de creme ($6) and apple tart ($6).
The drinks: Beyond a large list of wine by the bottle, and flights, carafes and single pours at the bar, you can opt for self-serve wines dispensed from Enomatics machines. The selection of wines by the glass totals 50 most nights. The recent craft beer list included Boulevard Tank 7 ($6), Trappistes Rochefort 10 ($9), and Samichlaus Doppelbock ($9).
The extras: Atlanta Wine School classes continue at Vino Venue. And a new event room with a demonstration kitchen similar to Cook’s Warehouse, will host chefs and winemakers for food and wine experiences.
Vino Venue offers a little bit of everything. It’s a wine bar; bottle shop; Mediterranean-inspired bistro; artisan marketplace; a wine and cooking school — and quite possibly, your new second living room.
The evolution of the Atlanta Wine School (which closed its location on Holcomb Bridge Road), Vino Venue can be whatever you want it to be – whether it’s a fun night out with friends or a place to learn about and taste new wines.
The main draw of Vino Venue is the Enomatic wine dispensing machines. Think of them as candy machines for adults — using a rechargeable wine card you can get a taste, half glass or full glass of more than 30 wines.
Because of the preservation system you can enjoy some incredible wines that are rarely offered by the glass. Plus with a price that varies on the size of the pour, you can still get a taste of that expensive bottle. And when you find a wine (or several) that you like, you can purchase a bottle to take home.
If you prefer table service there are many other wines to order by the glass, including some that come from kegs (and yes, they taste great). There’s also a good selection of craft beers.
The team behind Vino Venue has some of the best palates in Atlanta so you can be sure their selection of wine and beer is top notch.
Vino Venue offers a wine-friendly menu of tapas-style dishes, charcuterie and cheese. Try the Mushroom Flatbread, Duck Confit Panini, or the 24 Hour Beef Short Rib that is braised with a honey soy pinot grigio jus.
As the new home of the Atlanta Wine School, Vino Venue has an event space with a demonstration kitchen. In addition to offering wine and cooking classes, Vino Venue can be rented for private and corporate functions. Click here for a list of upcoming classes and events.
Located where Chamblee Dunwoody Road meets I-285, Vino Venue is an easy drive from all parts of Atlanta.
Vino Venue, 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, Georgia.
Vino Venue, the serve-yourself wine bar and restaurant by the Atlanta Wine School, opens to the public tonight. Originally scheduled to open last month, Vino Venue features a menu of small plates including numerous vegetarian options, such as edamame hummus and “fun nuts”— a mix of pecans, almonds, filberts, cashews, peanuts, and Brazil nuts. If anyone figures out what’s so fun about them, please do tell.
There’s also pimento cheese with sesame crackers, duck foie gras pate, sweet peppers with goat cheese, and for dessert, a caramel apple square with vanilla bean ice cream. For those still on a bacon kick, the three little piggies dessert offers it candied, dipped in chocolate and sea salt, and with cinnamon and chipotle.
Patrons interested in the “educational” aspect of wine can get their fill here, and a private events space is available as well. Said owner Michael Bryan: “There are wine bars and there are wine schools, but I don’t think anybody else has or will focus as much on both the wine and the culinary as we are.”