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

The Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Butternut Hash and braised Rainbow Chard was so good that we ate it before we could take a picture for Facebook. Oops. So good though.

We paired it with the Day Wines Vin de Days, a white blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muller Thurgau and Muscat.

It marries with the spice and natural sweetness of the butternut, and plays off the earthiness of the chard.

Live Music

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



Happenings

Well, Happy Autumn in New England, everyone.  We are starting to have cooler days and crisp nights, and a few leaves are starting to turn. ...

Saturday, October 6, 2018


Well, Happy Autumn in New England, everyone.  We are starting to have cooler days and crisp nights, and a few leaves are starting to turn.  Soon we will be in full Leaf Season.

We're changing a few things on the menu.

The Corn Risotto with Goat Cheese and Basil that we had for September was delicious and used massive amounts of corn cobs to make the stock.  As the corn and basil season is winding down, we're changing the risotto to Ratatouille Risotto.  All arborio.  No corn.  With goat cheese, and with our ratatouille over the top.

We do have a fair amount of corn kernels cut from the afore mentioned cobs.  So we added a new flatbread with caramelized onions, corn, goat cheese and basil.  It goes beautifully with the Thurnhof Muscat from Alto Adige, by the way.

The Pesto di Noci toasts are back for fall, as are the Roasted Beet Salad and the Filet Mignon.

Lots of fun stuff is happening on the weekends in October.  This weekend, the Paradise City Arts Festival is at the Fairgrounds.  Gorgeous stuff to wander around and look at.  The show closes at 6 each day, just in time for a delicious dinner at ConVino?

Arts Night Out is next Friday and has a jazzy theme as a lead in to the upcoming jazz festival. 

The Northampton Jazz Festival is October 19-21.  We will have Sarah Clay singing her vintage vocals with Draa Hobbs on guitar and Steven Bulmer on bass from 7-9 on the 19th for the Jazz Strut. You will want to make reservations for this, as we will fill up.

And Halloween is a-comin'.  I never know who on my staff is going to wear a costume to work, but somebody always amazes me with their costume cleverness.  We'll give one free Fancy Fries per table if at least one person at the table is in costume.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hey Folks!  Happy September!

Since we last posted, we won the Gazette Reader's Choice poll for Best Wine List.  This is the 3rd year in a row that we've won. Thank you to all y'all for voting for us!

RetroFaire is Sept 8th and right outside our door.  We will be open our normal schedule.  I know we've opened early for this in the past, but we weren't actually well patronizedduring the extra hours, so we are not doing that this year.  We will have the oyster special that we've done for this in the past, with the price break on a half dozen oysters as well as the full dozen.  And the rest of the full menu.  Inside and outside.

Arts Night Out  is September14th.  It's usually a busy night for us, so you might want to make reservations.

Redbeard the Pirate.  Barbarossa.  We've all heard him mentioned in stories and movies.  He was born in Lesbos, which is now part of Greece but was part of the Ottoman Empire back then.  That happens to be where my family is from, and may explain why I am so into Talk Like A Pirate Day.  It's September 19th, and if ye talk like a pirate we'll give you 5% off!



Sunday, August 12, 2018

Oh, the dog days of summer!

You probably noticed that I didn't get a post out last month.  And it's already the middle of August.  Time flies.

So last month, Monte Belmonte featured Franchesca in an article in the Advocate and had excerpts from the interview on his radio show on The River.  Here are links:


https://valleyadvocate.com/2018/07/10/monte-belmonte-wines-the-brilliant-23-year-old-ordering-bottles-for-convino

http://wrsi.com/monte/the-wine-wunderkind/

Corn and Tomatoes and Basil and Zucchini and Green Beans and Cucamelons are all in the Farmers' Markets now.  We are trying to put them in as many things as we can.  Peppers and Beets are coming in now and soon.  We'll be doing what we can to get them onto the menu.

Back to School time is rushing toward us, and "Summer" is almost over.  But Summer doesn't end til September 21st.  It's rosé season all year at ConVino, but rosé is a limited quantity product for many of our producers.  We will try to keep 5 still rosés on til the end of actual Summer.

We'll be doing our annual oysters and white wine thing when Retrofaire comes to Armory Plaza on September 8th.  We'll open at 1:00 - 2 hours early - and do oysters and limited white wine and beer outside only until 3:00 and then be open with the full menu and inside seating as well, as usual.

That's what's up.  Hope you're having a great summer.  See y'all soon!

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!