ConVino Wine Bar

in Northampton Mass

Congratulations Graduates!

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 ARE doing the pairing this weekend. The gods of tuna looked favorably on us.

We have Herbed Seared Tuna Niçoise with Tomato & Olive Salad, roasted mustardy potatoes and Hadley Asparagus. It's paired with Morgan 12 Clones Pinot Noir.

We also have a few old favorites, either on the menu or as specials, including Boquerones, Kale Caesar, Asparagus Soup, and Ramp & Asparagus Quiche, and Filet Mignon.


Live Music

We have noticed that many of you are missing out on our Spanish guitarist extraordinaire, Tony Silva, because we have him a little too early on Sundays and a little too late on Mondays.

So, we're changing the hours. He'll be playing on Sundays from 6pm-8pm and on Mondays from 7pm-9pm.

Happenings

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 mome...

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. 

Cheers!

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
or
Frisée Lardons  [GF]
curly endive, thick cut bacon, poached egg, sherry dijon vinaigrette
or
Moroccan Spiced Hush Puppies [veg]
mint chimichurri, tzatziki, and espresso bbq  dipping sauces

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

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ho, Ho, Holidays!


We are well into December.  The Holidays are upon us - shopping, gathering with friends and family, wondering when it will snow.

The answer to that last one is: Tomorrow.  I, for one, am looking forward to it.  It's December.  It makes things festive.  It's not a ton of snow - just enough to be fun.  And ConVino is so cozy in the snow.  It is one of my favorite things to see the warm lights of ConVino across the parking lot.  (I do wish it were some more romantic approach, but it is a parking lot, and that's how you get here.)  You walk in.  It smells like good food.  Billie Holiday is singing something soulful.  It's nice.  And I'm just coming to work.  It's even better when you get to settle in with some delicious comestibles and let the week's worries drift away.

It's Arts Night Out tonight.  We always look forward to hearing about what lovely artistic works everyone saw out there.

Our Pairing Special this week is Roasted Sunchoke Soup.  It is vegan and gluten free if you don't have the brioche on the side.  And it's paired beautifully with a valpolicella ripasso.  I was surprised that a red wine was such a perfect pairing.  I thought it would probably go with the pinot blanc, and it does.  But Franchesca thought of the Ripasso and she was so right.  That's why she's a sommelier and I just like wine.

We rotate the specials, and next week is Hanukkah.  We'll start with Latkes and applesauce on Tuesday and build the weekend pairing special onto that.

The weekend after is just before Christmas.  Not sure what we'll do, but something festive.

We will be open limited hours on Christmas Eve.  We will open at Noon and only offer limited  snacks and wine.  And if you are looking for last minute stocking stuffers, we'll have ConVino Gift Certificates.  Thornes closes at 5 and so will we, and we'll get on with our own families and fun.

For New Year's Eve we're pulling our red windmill out of storage and putting on our Moulin Rouge Party.  We'll have limited menu til 5pm.  Then Prix Fixe seatings til 10pm.  (Please reserve early.  We already have a bunch of reservations.  Walk-ins are welcome, but it's taking a chance.)  And then Snacks and Revelry and Sabering for the rest of the night.  Tony Silva will be playing from 9pm til the proverbial ball drops.  It was a HUGE success last year and we hope you'll join us to ring in the New Year.

  




Friday, November 3, 2017

It's November!

Well, Fall is here and practically gone.  The repointing work on the building pushed the closing of the patio.  We thought it would be too cold by now, anyway.  Mother Nature is a fickle mistress.

This Sunday, November 5th, we'll have The Other Cat's Pajamas, with Gus Hollingsworth on accordion and some other cool cats playing with him.  Should be very fun.

Tony Silva will be here, otherwise, on all the usual days.

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and Northampton kicks off with Bag Day on November 18th.  We will be giving 20% off any one bottle of wine in the restaurant during service when you have a Bag Day Bag.

We will be closed on Thanksgiving, but we are open our usual hours the day before and, of course on Black Friday.  ConVino is a perfect place to unwind after braving the Black Friday mall hordes, or if you're saving your shopping for Small Business Saturday, come on Friday and feel smug about how you've avoided the Black Friday mall hordes.  We'll expect to see you Small Business Saturday, because we are, ya know, a small business.

And then it will be December.  We are getting into our busy season, so reservations for pretty much any size party are a good idea.   Call us if you're planning holiday gatherings. 

And just as a heads up, the New Year's Eve theme will be Moulin Rouge.  We'll have more about that soon.