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 totally spaced on our schedule. This week was supposed to be MEAT, but we got excited about Sunchokes and did a VEGETARIAN Roasted Sunchoke Soup. It is actually Vegan AND Gluten Free! Unless you have the Brioche on the side. We are still figuring out the wine pairing, but you know it will be something delicious.

It's a full plate (not a small plate) of a special dinner creation and the perfect glass from our list to go with it. We want everyone to have a chance at it, so, we'll rotate the special.

1st weekend: Fish.
2nd weekend: Meat. Oops! It's Veg this week and meat next.
3rd weekend: Vegetarian.
4th weekend: Gluten Free.
5th weekend: Wild Card.

Live Music

Tony Silva plays Spanish guitar Sundays from 5pm-7pm and Mondays from 8pm-10pm.

Happenings

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 an...

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. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Ch, ch, ch Changes

Hey Everybody,

Did you know that we donate a portion of the proceeds of one of our wines to a different charity every month?  We give $3 per glass purchase or $14 per bottle purchase to the cause of the month.  Our wine last month and probably for the rest of this month is Boutinot, Cuvée Jean Paul. 2016.  It's a lovely, juicy, medium bodied red from the Vaucluse.

I wish it were hard to figure out who to give to as the month changes, but every month there's something that clearly could use every penny that can be collected.  Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area at the end of August.  The Houston Food Bank was our September donation.  Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico at the end of September.  October's donation will go to Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico.  Come have a glass or a bottle for the cause!

We've changed out the Summer menu items for Fall dishes.  The gazpacho, boquerones, caprese sandwich and camaraõ moçambique are gone.  Acorn Squash Bisque, Pesto di Noci toasts and Ratatouille & Pilaf are here.  Very shortly (I forgot to order butternut squash last night) we will have Butternut Sage Risotto.  Other stuff will arrive too, but this is the first push into Fall.

We have a new Pinot Blanc from Alsace and a new Pinot Noir from Oregon, which makes about 10 new arrivals in the last couple of weeks.  So if you haven't been in, you've got some catching up to do.

And we've started doing a very limited Special Pairing on Fridays and until it runs out.  It's a non-"small plates" entrée paired with a glass of wine.  Tonight, it's Seared Salmon with Parsnip Smash and Sautéed Rainbow Chard paired with our new(-ish) white Bordeaux, Doisy-Daëne, $29.  Might have it tomorrow, or it might be gone.

See you soon!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October is here

Well, we made a decision, finally, about Thursdays.  I think that it wasn't obvious to y'all that a decision about Thursdays needed to be made, but it did.  The question was: Do we continue to open at 3:00 so people can start starting their weekend early, or do we open at 5:00 as we do Monday through Wednesday?  We will now open at 5:00 on Thursdays.

Almost none of  you will have to change anything about when you enjoy ConVino.  After many changes of seasons, a few beginnings and endings of school years, several springing forwards and falling backs, and a great deal of psychoanalyzing my customers as a group, it has become clear that the vast majority of you does not indulge in a glass of wine on a Thursday before 5:00, no matter what's going on. 

We will continue to open at 3:00 Friday-Sunday.

With the arrival of Fall, we're changing up a bunch of wines for the cooler months.  We're changing some of the food items as well.  Some of your old favorites will be back and we're working on some new things. 

Come check out what's new.  We look forward to seeing you.  But not at 3 on Thursdays.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This is our new website! Yay!


Well, we're only 33 months in, and we are live with the website!  Eventually, it all gets done.  Thank you for your patience.

Seasons are changing, so we will be phasing out some Summer foods and bringing in some Fall items soon.  The wine list changes a little bit every week and we'll keep that updated.

And we'll post about whatever events are going on.  Jim Jewell will be filling in for Tony Silva this Sunday, the 24th, for instance.  Jim plays acoustic guitar and had a regular gig at a tapas bar in Boston before he moved to the happy valley.  Come out to see him on Sunday from 5pm-7pm.  Tony will be back on Monday 8pm-10pm.