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Welcome, Ian!

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Vinology is happy to introduce a new lead bartender on our team, Ian Youngs. Ian is a Michigan native who’s returning home after working in Aspen, Colo. for the last several years. In addition to a wealth of experience, he brings to us a healthy reverence for classic cocktails. We’re excited for what he’ll be serving up to our guests.

 

We took the time for a little Q&A with Ian, so you can get to know him!

 

Ian, you’re a classic come back story – moved away from Michigan before returning “home”. Tell us about your experience.

I grew up in the Irish Hills and attended Adrian High School. Then, I went to The University of Michigan and studied MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology). In my senior year, I began my studies with The Master Court of Sommeliers, where I continue to learn more in the Wine World. As far as cocktail knowledge, I have learned all of my skills, cocktails, and style from working in various bars with various awesome bartenders, managers, and sommeliers. I helped run a bar program for the Hotel Jerome in Aspen Colorado, from which I was recruited to open, design, pick my team, and manage/bartend for Hooch, a craft cocktail bar in Aspen, Colorado. I continue to grow my knowledge through the Guild of Sommeliers and BarSmarts as well as various other classes, seminars, and books on the respective subjects.

 

What do you recommend to people unsure of what to order at the bar?

My views on choosing a cocktail are the same I have for choosing a wine: Go with what you like, but talk to your bartender/server/sommelier and have them guide you to the beverage that you will most enjoy. Cocktails on the house list are lovely, but know that we want to concoct the perfect drink to match your evening. We are professionals in this and have TONS of stuff to talk about and show our guests. If it’s specific to cocktails and you are feeling adventurous just sit at my bar and ask me to run with it. The world of cocktails has so much to offer and (like wine) has many wonderful ways of being expressed.

 

What’s your favorite food and drink pairing?

During my interview there, the food and beverage manager of the Hotel Jerome skyped me and asked, “If tomorrow was the last day on earth, tell me a classic cocktail – food pairing and a wine – food pairing.” Being that we were getting to know each other I relaxed a bit and joked around with him by answering, “For the wine I would have to go with a bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild and a lovely Roasted Duck. For the cocktail pairing, I’d have to choose a Boulevardier using Buffalo Trace with a rather large plate of nachos.”

 

What’s your favorite thing about being in Ann Arbor?

Well Ann Arbor has so much to offer that its hard to pin point a best part… but with regards to F&B I guess I would have to say the culture created in this city and how there is forever growing diversity of people and their peculiar pallets.

 

We won OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice!

Posted on: February 12th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Thanks to your rave reviews, we’re an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award winner. We love reading your feedback, and knowing that you’ve enjoying your dining experience with you. Reviews are important — they help us know what we’re doing right and where we can improve.

Thank you for choosing Vinology!

Wine experts agree: Don’t miss the 2009 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

One of the benefits to having experts guide our wine team is that we are able to bring you the best wines on the market. Take, for example, the 2009 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino DOCG from Italy. This older vintage wine is hard to come by anywhere else, but we’ve got it on our menu!

This amazing gem was given 93 points by Wine Spectator, 92 points by James Suckling, and 91 points by Wine Advocate. Experts agree that this wine is not-to-be-missed. You wont be disappointed asking for it next time you’re in the restaurant!

 

 

New seasonal menu is here

Posted on: February 2nd, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Our new seasonal menu is here and our own Chef Adam Galloway talks about two dishes that have him excited — the update to our classic ribeye as well as our new sturgeon dish.

Vinology has long been committed to our seasonally fresh, food-forward menu. Chef elaborates on that strategy in another new video.

Come in and see what’s new!

Join us for an unforgettable Valentine’s Weekend

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Chef Adam Galloway’s Valentine’s Weekend specials will be offered February 10-14. Don’t miss these amazing additions to our regular menu:

Appetizers

Lobster Bisque — sweet potato frites, chive oil

Foie Gras — liver mousse, madeira gelee, chestnut bread pudding, huckleberry

 

Entrées

Scallops — celery root puree, baby beets, escarole, horseradish, celery leaf, caviar

8 oz Filet of Beef — black truffle gratin, parsnip, chanterelle puree, asparagus, cippolini onion, sauce bordelaise
Dessert

Coffee & Chocolate — flourless chocolate torte, espresso foam, hazelnut soil, coffee ice cream, caramel, white chocolate deco

Make your reservation now, either online or by calling 734-222-9841.

30 Wines for $30: Vino Value

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Join us on Thursday, January 26 for Vino Value. You’ll enjoy 30 wines for $30 (plus tax and gratuity) as well as light hors d’oeurves.

 

Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 734-222-9841 to make your reservation today. This event sells out, so don’t wait!

Restaurant Week is *almost* here

Posted on: January 13th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Vinology Restaurant Week Menu

 

One of our favorite winter events, Restaurant Week, is January 15 – 20. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a place you’ve never tried, or to enjoy amazing dishes at a value from your most beloved restaurants.

Chef Adam created a three-course, $28 per person menu for Restaurant Week. It features a vegan option each course, and some of our favorite dishes:

  • Colcannon Soup
  • Fennel & Farro
  • Pork Belly Wontons
  • Salmon Involtini
  • Chicken & Waffles
  • Braised Lamb
  • Carrot Cake
  • Almond Joy pot de creme

Reservations are booking fast. Call today to make yours!

At the Bar: Ordering Wine with Food

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

‘Tis the season of entertaining! Many of us enjoy holiday celebrations out on the town around this time of year, and many of us are intimidated when it comes to ordering wine to share with the table. Our very own John Jonna explains the basics in our latest “At the Bar” vlog. Watch and learn all you need to know to order wine while dining out, like a pro!

 

Whatcha Drinking? A Primer on Blind Wine Tastings

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

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One of the most fun elements of our upcoming Black Wine Night events, offered on October 19 and October 26, is the blind wine tasting. Each of the dinner’s five courses is served with a specially-chosen wine… poured in a black glass from a bottle whose label is concealed by a black cloth. Throughout the meal, attendees will be encouraged to guess which wine they’re tasting; wines will be revealed at the end of the night.

Guessing the right wines can be made a little easier by understanding varietals, a concept that can be intimidating but really just means understanding that where grapes are grown impacts a wine’s texture and taste. We love this handy online resource for learning more about varietals as well as which wines pair well with specific foods and other wine info.

Want to test your blind tasting accuracy before Black Wine Night? Check out the exams that Master Sommeliers have to pass to be certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. There are two exams: One for whites and one for reds.

Join Our Sister Restaurant, The Bird & The Bread, for Beer Versus Wine, Fighting for the Best Beverage

Posted on: August 26th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

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We’re looking forward to pitting beer against wine at our sister restaurant, The Bird & The Bread, on September 22. Both beverages will be paired with Chef Adams’ food; you’ll enjoy a five-course meal, each course paired with a beer and a wine. Our experts will explain the strategy behind the pairing. At the end of the night, guests will vote for who they think is best.

WHEN:

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7 p.m.

COST:

Cost is $75 per person + tax and gratuity if purchased in advance.

REGISTER:

 

Register online.