304 Laurel Street


Ding Dong—the Wine Loft is dead, and Blend has risen from its ashes.  Unlike its defunct predecessor, they are doing the wine bar proud.  The interior combines rustic wood, amber lighting, and swanky furniture. Its warmth and spaciousness reminded DBG of an inviting lodge in California wine country. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.   They were able to make recommendations based on the tastes of the customer and food pairings.


More than 100 wines are available by the bottle.  At any given time,  approximately 20 wines may be purchased by the glass.  Prices range between $8 to $15 per pour and every two weeks, the menu rotates. So there is always something new to sip.  Cheese and meat trays are available as well as small plates.  Chef Eric Sibley, a Red Stick native, has an impressive culinary resume.  He is what some fancy people might refer to as a “molecular gastronomist.”  You know, the kind of madman who would puree strawberries and red bell peppers to create a warm, flavorful-yet-sweet dipping sauce. 


The crowd was diverse the night DBG and her Protector made their trip.  Tourists staying in downtown hotels mingled with the standard after-work crowd.  Blend would be the perfect place to take that special date.  At the end of the evening, order her a glass of Prosecco and some of their re-envisioned bread pudding and you might just get lucky. 


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