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April 17, 2009

The review: V-NO

time for wine!I can't believe it took me so long to get to V-NO in Fells Point. This cute little wine bar opened last fall on South Ann Street right by the water.

Here's a link to the review, which ran in yesterday's paper.

Amie and I went with Crazy Joe and lowercase m, and everybody gave the place two thumbs up.

Have you been there? I'll bet now that the weather is warming up, those outside tables are gonna go fast.

In the review, I raised the question: Why didn't somebody think of this sooner? ...

What I like about V-NO is that food comes second to wine. The menu at V-NO is 90 percent wine and 10 percent food, which I love. If you want, you can nibble on cheese and bread or some other small plate.

I just feel like nearly every other wine bar in this city also serves tons of food. That's not a bad thing, but sometimes you just want to sit and drink wine and not have to worry about food.

I'm glad the owners of V-NO realize that.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:51 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


been to and really like it, especially when i discovered they carried my hard-to-find favorite : )

you have to get there early for an outside table though. i've been shut out everytime...

One great thing you left out, is that they have a $7 corkage fee. So for your $5 glass of wine buy a $11 bottle (there are plenty of good ones there) and split it amongst your friends.

I just had the best mental image of this weekend sitting outside at V-NO sipping on some sweet nectar in the warm sunshine...and then having a swashbuckeling Pirate run by me screaming, "ARRR!!"
HAhaha!!! LOL-And THAT's why no matter what age you are or where you grew up (or how bad it may smell re:prior post), you gotta love Fells Point!! :o)

I have been visiting V-NO since it opened and have to say the owners have turned that funky spot into a warm and friendly wine bar. The Bachmans are terrific at selecting wines for all tastes and the way the bottles are presented is just plain fun! It's not pretentious at all, and like Ted, I like the idea of buying a bottle to share.

Now that I think about it, I just may have to stop in this afternoon...

V-No fills a tremendous void in my historic neighborhood and we are thrilled to welcome them here. Mark and Kristina are the perfect hosts and they take their wine selection very seriously. My husband and I like to go and just try different stuff -- they are happy to help us as we 'tour' their selections. Or we've been known to just get a bottle, have a cheese plate and sit back and enjoy the other really nice folks who seem to flock there as well.

I spent last Friday afternoon there out in the sun. So warm. So nice. And pirates (the good kind, not the machine gun kind) to watch.

Patchen, for some us pirates = tim lumber :(.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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