I have all my fingers and toes crossed that the efforts to open a wine bar on Main Street in Bethlehem are not in vain. A sophisticated wine bar is a concept that has yet to take root in the Lehigh Valley, whose time has come.
Despite some blog hate out there (you know who you are), I think there will be tremendous support for the new restaurant, no matter when it finally opens and what it's called. Even though there are relatively few sommeliers in the Lehigh Valley (and the distinction is sort of like calling yourself "chef," anyway - you're only as good as your training), and that most locals haven't been exposed to a good variety of wines, there are already some beautiful wine lists and some very experienced wine drinkers locally.
Rebecca Pichetto, Vintage Bar and Restaurant's co-owner and sommelier, has assembled a stunning array of wines for guests to enjoy at the Easton-area restaurant. Sette Luna's Italian varieties are unmatched in the area. Edge Restaurant, Blue Grillhouse, Grille 3501, and Melt at the Promenade Shops have all developed wine lists for discriminating wine drinkers. And patrons at Emeril's two restaurants at The Sands benefit from the celebrity chef's passion for wine. I know the gang at Starter's Riverport's Wine Scool will be all over it.,
I have high hopes for this new wine bar's success, since the owner already operates two successful local restaurants (Roma Ristorante and Taste of Italy, both near the airport) and obviously knows how to run a business. I breathe a sigh of relief that the previous owner's mobster-themed cigar bar concept is now sleepin' with the fishes.
To read more, check out the:
Bethlehem Patch story
The Morning Call story