ConVino Wine Bar

in Northampton Mass

Welcome to ConVino, a spot for delicious wines and foods in a setting that is stylish without attitude, comfortable but not frumpy, grown up but not stodgy.

Located in the basement of Thornes, we serve Mediterranean inspired fare and have a vast variety of wine by the glass (over 70 last time we counted). Come on in—sip, snack, and enjoy. Because everything is better with wine.

Weekend Pairing Special

We've got slow roasted pulled pork on a homemade focaccia roll, corn on the cob, jalapeno aioli and radicchio & romaine salad.

We have paired it with a wine we just got in today. It's from Croatia, it's a Posip. (The s in that should have a thingy over it, but that letter doesn't seem to be available in this american font.) The pineapple core undertones go very well with the pork, and the herbaceous qualities in the background marry well with the whole dish.

Live Music

Tony Silva and his Spanish Guitar are here every Sunday from 6pm-8pm and Monday from 7pm-9pm.


July! Summertime.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer is coming!

Hey Everyone!

It's June! And, in addition to my birthday being smack dab in the middle of the month, there are a lot of good things happening at ConVino.

We're in that part of the year when the weather is often nice enough to have our music outside. Tony is super psyched to play outside whenever the weather allows, all the Sundays and Mondays this month.
We have a special musical addition on the first official Friday of Summer. The Other Cat's Pajamas have agreed to come play (outside, weather permitting). It's 1930s accordion and guitar tangos and waltzes from Argentina and a lot of places. We have had them here before and you loved them. We did too! So they'l be here on Friday the 22nd. If it rains, they'll be inside.

Django in June starts Monday the 11th. We always enjoy the international influx of artists and aficionados of Gypsy Jazz that come to this event every year. There are a lot of impromptu performances on Smith campus and around town, and the Academy of Music has concerts on the 15th and 16th. Stop in and fortify yourselves for le jazz hot.

The 8th is Arts Night Out. We look forward to being part of your art appreciation evening. We're open, as usual on Fridays, from 3-Midnight, so join us before during or after. Father's Say is the 17th. Treat Dad to a nice dinner out.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

May the Fourth be with you!

Be with us on May the Fourth and/or any other day in May.  There's a lot going on.

The Patio is open!  We have had some rainy moments during this warm spell, but for the most part, people are back to sitting outside here at ConVino.

Saturday is Gay Pride.  The parade starts near us and goes to the fairgrounds.  We open at 3:00 as usual, and those of our staff who march will have time to get back here and get ready for y'all to wend your way back for some post Pride March revelry.

Saturday is also Cinco de Mayo.  We will have Avocado Pico de Gallo as a choice of dips on the Two Dips platter.  And we will have Faux-jitos - muddled mint and lime with cava and vermouth.  So delicious.

And since they're minty, they can also be your Julep substitute during the Kentucky Derby.  The Derby will be on the screens for whatever they call "the red carpet" portion of the Derby, and post time is 6:50pm.  By about 6:55 we will be turning off the TVs and getting back to Cinco de Prido.

Next weekend starts the Graduation Season here in the Valley.  UMass on Friday the 11th.  Congratulations to all, but especially Elliot, who has worked for us since February of 2016, and Gina who just started a month ago.  It's hard work to have a job and get decent grades.  It's impressive.  And now you're graduating!  WooHoo!

All the rest, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst graduate the following weekend.  Congratulations to all those graduates as well.  We look forward to seeing all the alumnae and family members who have come to celebrate, and who may just need a moment with some wine to regroup.

May 13th is Mother's Day!  We will open at 1:00 for late Brunch with Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast, Huevos ConVinos and our full regular menu. 

We're open as usual for Memorial Day Weekend. Smith Reunion and Paradise City Arts Festival will bring folks to town. We hope to see you here!

It was snowing two weeks ago, 85 degrees today.  2018.  It's a constant wonder.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February is full of stuff

So I didn't get this out in time for Groundhog Day, and since I'm not living the movie, I won't have another chance.  Oops.

Arts Night Out is Friday.  If you're walking the Ice Art Festival up on Main Street, warm up here with some wine and/or dinner. 

The Olympic Winter Games start this Friday, as well.  You know we don't put just anything on our TVs.  Some of you may not realize we even have TVs.  But I LOVE the Olympics!  So the screens will be on (but the sound mostly off) for most of the Olympics, and you can soar with the ski jumping, indulge in the ice dancing, go crazy for the curling.

Valentine's Day is next week.  Our full menu is available, and we'll have a special or two to entice you.  We know we're having Rosemary Rack of Lamb with Pommes Anna and Broccoli Rabe.  We're still working on a special dessert and possibly an appetizer.  It's a good idea to make reservations - we're starting to fill up already.  We'll have Tony Silva here playing his romantic Spanish guitar from 6pm to 9pm.

President's Day Weekend  starts February 16th.  From 6-8pm, Thornes and the UMass FAC are presenting Under 40 on the Town.  If  you show us your event bracelet, you'll get free Fancy Fries when your party orders $15 of wine.

If you have Monday the 19th off, maybe Sunday night you'll come in for Greek Mussels, Italian wine and Spanish guitar, though you could do that really any Sunday of the year.

On the 28th, the last day of the month and a Wednesday, we will be closed for a private event.

It's the shortest month, but there's a lot in it.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Vote for us for Best of the Valley!

Hey Everyone, It's time to fill out the Best of the Valley ballot.

We sure would appreciate it if you would vote for us in all the places that you think we might be best.

We've been open for 3 years and we've won for best wine list 2 years in a row. The first year we had only been open for about a month when the voting ended. We would of course like to keep the title.;-) There are lot's of categories that we can compete in, though. French Fries is a category, and so is dessert. Restaurant, Mediterranean Restaurant, Tapas/small plates. Servers.

Thanks! And we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!

Thanks to all of you who rang in the new year with us.  The whole evening was fun, and the prix fixe dinner a great success.  We, the staff, always enjoy the last couple of hours the most, as the pressure of the prix fixe rush diminishes and party atmosphere picks up.  Tony Silva played beautifully, as always, and we sabered a few bottles.  Nothing more fun than sabering indoors, I gotta say.  And this year we have a curtain for the entryway (thanks Susan!) that was a perfect backstop for the flying corks.  Fun Fun Fun!

I want to thank all my staff for all their efforts to prepare us for New Year's Eve.  A bunch of the staffed stayed late one night to put up the lights and decorations for the Moulin Rouge effect.  Amanda got all the prix fixe items into the POS system and made sure it was glitch free, and got it done before the 31st.  Liz had demos of all the prix fixe items for us all to taste and so Franchesca could pair everything before the 30th.  And all that allowed me to get the menus done and printed without rushing around like crazy on New Year's Eve in the freezing cold.  Thank you one and all!

Next Friday is Arts Night Out.  Always a good idea to make a reservation on Fridays and Saturdays, but especially on Arts Night Out. 

We're going to be changing a few items on the menu.  Bringing back Chorizo Pot Pie and the Steak and Pesto Flatbread.  Some of the wines will be changing too.  We're at the time of year when wines go out of vintage and we can't get them, so we find replacements.  So come in and get your favorites while we still have them!

We are officially in our fourth year now.  I can hardly believe that three years have gone by, but I've gone grey, so some time has definitely passed.  Thank you all for liking what we do here.  We look forward to seeing you all when you get here.  We wish you all the best in the new year. 


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Reserve for New Year's Eve

The Moulin Rouge Party is just over a week away.  We still have some 
tables left.  We are not giving Open Table access to a lot of seats, 
because we need to be able to make sure have the actual chairs to
accommodate everyone at each seating.  
Call us for reservations, and we'll see how and when we can fit you in. 

New Years Eve
Prix Fixe Menu  $49
First Course
Roasted Sunchoke Soup [Vegan, GF w/o Brioche]
fried shallots, homemade brioche
Frisée Lardons  [GF]
curly endive, thick cut bacon, poached egg, sherry dijon vinaigrette
Moroccan Spiced Hush Puppies [veg]
mint chimichurri, tzatziki, and espresso bbq  dipping sauces

Half Dozen Oysters [GF ]
($6 Supplement)
Second Course
Farro Risotto [veg]
with sweet potato & kale
Whole  Roasted Snapper (for two) [GF ]
with provençal vegetables
Holiday Spiced Seared Duck Breast [GF ]
fennel mashed potatoes, braised radicchio & endive
Ginger Pear Sorbet with Poached Pear[Vegan, GF]
Chocolate Pernod Pot de Crème [veg, GF ]
Raspberry Napoléon [veg]