wine o’clock wine bar

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The wine o’clock wine bar is Ron and Susan Bunnell’s bastion of good food, good wine and good taste. A very welcome stop on the long road from our home in Seattle to our home in Waitsburg. The wine bar has been discovered by the locals, but due to some fairly discreet signage, I suspect that a lot of city travelers heading into wine country might not find it.

It is set in the heart of the Prosser Vintners’ Village, sharing quarters with the Bunnell Family Cellar tasting room. Wine o’clock is closed for the holiday today through Friday, but re-opens with a bang on Saturday, just in time for the Thanksgiving open houses that many area wineries are hosting.

The regular hours are noon to 7pm Friday and Saturday, noon to 5pm Sunday and Monday. The menu began as a paean to wood-fired pizza, but now includes daily specials that elevate it to white tablecloth status. On a recent day, for example, duck and Kobe beef were on the specials board – both outstanding. I wouldn’t pass by the pizza, however. My pear, bacon, green onion and aged cheddar pie vanished without a trace in a nanosecond.

This coming weekend there will be two chef's specials:
• Kobe beef flatiron steak with barbera and green peppercorn pan reduction
• Classic Bouillabaisse with spicy garlic rouille and crusty bread

The wine list, not surprisingly, is limited to Bunnell Family and RiverAerie wines. But limited is too strong a word – there are multiple vintages of many wines, and they are offered by the bottle, the glass, or the flight, at retail, not restaurant prices. Wines such as the RiverAerie malbec (profiled on yesterday’s blog) are among the highlights.

For more information on the food and the wines, visit

I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging activity, but on Monday I’ll post my annual Paul Gregutt Top 100 list.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



Wineguys TV said...

Yes where is the top 100 PG ? : )

nectarwine said...

always looking for a good wine bar to add to the travel list. Waiting expectantly for the top 100 list!


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