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're thinking about Greek-y pulled lamb tacos for the Pairing Special this weekend. We'll give you the details of it once we've made it.

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.


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. ...

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]

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!