Blend Thursday, Jun 28 2012 


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. 


PS—If you want to re-read DBG’s original review of the Wine Loft.  Click this link:






The Incident at the Wine Loft Sunday, Mar 11 2012 

The Incident at the Wine Loft

DBG admits that sometimes she dresses up and enjoys a nice glass wine. However, she would rather lick
Boone’s Farm off the ass of a sweaty pig than endure another visit to The Wine Loft Downtown. She has not
darkened the door of such an unfriendly establishment since her NYC days. Although she and her companion
were dressed quite nicely, the manager informed her she would have to remove the sunglasses which were
propped atop her head and stow them in her bag before being seated. It was still daylight. His tone implied that
she and her companion were clad in tube tops and wife beaters and wanted to be seated next to the Prince of

Maybe The Wine Loft is just way too classy of an establishment for DBG. Yes, so first class that her waitress
was wearing a onesie paired with knee boots. If you do not know what onesies are…well DBG has purchased
them for newborn babes. They are bodysuits that snap at the bottom. Yes, Wine Loft, you are so classy that
Onesie Girl couldn’t correctly pronounce Pinot Grigio.

If you want to go downtown and keep it upscale, try Stroube’s, the bar in Hotel Indigo, or The Office.

Update–It Closed!  Yay!

Tallulah Sunday, Mar 11 2012 

7000 Bluebonnet Blvd
From the ruins of Jimmy Swaggart, a phoenix has finally risen. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Baton
Rouge’s favorite hometown televangelist—Jimmy had a thriving congregation and Bible College until two
prostitution scandals in 1988 and 1991 significantly slowed the growth of his Assemblies of God Church.
Basically Swaggart got caught driving his Cadillac down the Airline Highway to Heaven on his way to an hourly
motel. After the scandals, enrollment dwindled and a high-rise student dormitory was left unfinished. It always
reminded DBG of some half-erected Eastern Bloc office building left to decay after a people’s revolution.

After more than 20 years, the Renaissance hotel renovated the space—and it is an extraordinary show stopper.
The Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar is a smartly decorated posh space, featuring about 30 wines by the
glass. This is possible because of special pressurization chambers that keep each bottle fresh for up to 30 days.
DBG’s Italian Chorizo Sausage appetizer had a great smoky flavor and her Protector’s Forager Burger was
cooked to order and hit the spot.

DBG can’t wait to go back in the summer and sit at the outdoor pool bar. It is black marble and backlit by fire
spouting from a large fountain.