The Vine (Blue Ridge) Restaurant Review: Wines For Tasting & Purchase

Posted by Tom Telford on Wed, May 28, 2014

Are you interested in excellent Georgia wines?

For those who love the flavorful aroma and rich taste of a quality glass of vino, Georgia's wine country is somewhat of a Mecca. Featuring wineries of its own, Helen is right in the heart of wine country, with many neighboring cities offering superior vineyards and wineries for vacationers to visit.

If you're planning on checking out some of the many wine-making businesses during your trip to northern Georgia, you certainly won't want to miss out on The Vine - a wine bar and bistro situated in beautiful Blue Ridge. This popular stop on many wine tours may not be the traditional vineyard experience that you're used to, but offers an upscale tasting experience that you'll remember for a lifetime.

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The Vine

Address: 632 East Main Street (Blue Ridge)
Phone: (706) 946-8463
Website: www.thevineofblueridge.com
CCCR Rating: 4/5 Stars

History

The Vine is all about taking the classic experience of visiting a tasting room directly at the vineyard and bringing it to a fun and classy bistro experience. For years, the tasting room and bistro have been founded upon and known for a tradition of excellence in service and in products - from the wine itself to the food that compliments it so well.

The majority of the wine on offer is locally produced, from nearby vineyards such as Wolf Mountain, Montaluce, Habersham Winery, and Frog Town Cellars. There are also a few featured varieties that have their origins in the West Coast and International Vineyards. The Vine is also proud to offer superior hand-rolled cigars. For those who aren't interested in wine, beer is also on the menu.

While you're here, you can also expect to enjoy live entertainment on the weekends, compliments of local musicians. You'll come for the experience of modern wine tasting at its best, and leave with happy memories, and a bottle or case of your favorite wine selections. 

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Available Wines

What's your poison? No matter what your fancy, The Vine has it all. Featuring an impressive menu of locally, nationally, and internationally produced wines, you'll find something to satisfy your taste buds. After tasting several varieties during your tasting, you're welcome to purchase your favorites by the glass or by the bottle. If you really fall in love with a wine, you might elect to purchase a case. This is a great way to experience the wines of your choosing even after you go home from you Helen vacation, or can make for excellent gifts to family and friends.

If sparkling wine is what you desire, try a glass of Blanc de Blancs Burt, grown and produced at Wolf Mountain in nearby Dahlonega. Dry, light, and featuring bright, fruity flavors, this wine is a great pick for complimenting a light citrus salad. An Italian sparkling wine is also available in the form of La Marca Prosecco. 

For those who prefer white wine, we'd suggest that you sip on the Muscadine from Habersham Winery in Helen. This wine is intensely fruity with crisp acidity, and is extremely popular. The semi-sweet Dolce produced at Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega is another delightful option.

Red wine recommendations include Habersham's Scarlett blend. This is the vineyard's best selling red, and is an off dry blend. It features a mix of Merlot, Chambourcin, and Vidal Blanc, making it smooth and fruity, featuring rich blackberry and blueberry flavors. 

California grown and produced red wines are also available.

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Image courtesy of The Vine Bar and Bistro Restaurant

Planning Your Visit

The Vine is open to the public for tastings and socializing six days of the week, being closed on Thursdays. H

ours vary by day, so it's important to plan carefully.

  • Monday-Wednesday, & Sunday: Noon to 6pm
  • Friday: Noon to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: Noon to 11:30 PM

You'll have two options for your wine tasting experience. Full wine flights include six wines. You may also opt to go with a select flight that offers three wines for tasting.

The flights feature both domestic and international wines. In many cases, you'll find that the flavors of the various wines are heightened and truly brought out when paired with complimentary foods. A range of snacks, ranging from marinated olives to hummus, and cheese & crackers are available.

Talk to one of the experts at The Vine about which will best enhance your wine selection. A full menu of sandwiches, flat bread pizzas, and salads, as well as a sweet and tasty "cake of the day" are also available. Buy a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy a meal with your girlfriends, or sweetheart.

You're sure to have a fun and memorable day at The Vine. Whenever you travel away from Helen to experience the tasting of northern Georgia wines, we remind you to always practice safety and responsibility.

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