Wine and dine: Stella’s Restaurant offers monthly wine tasting and buffetWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Those believing the only thing that could make a wine taste better is by pairing it with a buffet full of food may want to be at Stella’s Restaurant in Perrysburg the first Monday of each month.
For $20, attendees get to sample five “themed” wines along with a buffet of food offerings that complement the beverages.
Because next month’s first Monday is July 4, the July tasting will be July 11.
The theme will be “Wines of Summer,” featuring a variety of unusual wines that people “probably haven’t heard of before, which are especially suited for drinking outside on a hot day,” said Eli Ewing, manager at Stella’s.
The tasting begins at 6 p.m.
The monthly effort by Stella’s is an attempt to introduce people to wine they may not be familiar with, as well as offer an affordable drinking and dining experience, Ewing said.
“In the past, we’ve done some wine dinners with five-course meals, and they were fun, but we felt like they’re not accessible to some people who don’t want to spend $70-80,” Ewing said.
“We decided to do it like this so more people could afford it and also because a lot of times we’ll have a distributor or a winemaker come and while he’s pouring his own wine, he’ll also be able to talk to people about it,” he said.
While Stella’s hopes some of the wine-tasting customers stay to enjoy a meal or drink afterward, the $20 tasting will give them plenty to enjoy, Ewing said.
“One time the chef put out corned duck breast topped with quail legs,” he said. “While I don’t know if we’ll do quail legs again, that’s just an example that it’s not just fruit and cheese.”
For more information, call Stella’s Restaurant, 104 Louisiana Ave., at (419) 873-8360. O