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A Wine Cellar Dinner at Bottle Inn

Little green lumps of happiness
Little green lumps of happiness

For a restaurant called the Bottle Inn, you would expect them to have a great selection of wines. What you wouldn’t expect, however, is for their wine cellar to become a dining room. Nonetheless, if you have a big enough group, that is where they seat you. It’s almost like a tease to should you all the amazing wines you could be drinking, yet it’s still pretty damn cool. Although the wine was quite distracting, I was able to take my mind off of it long enough to read the menu.

Everything on the menu looked amazing and it took me a long time to decide, but in the end it had to be the Gnocchi al Pesto. While waiting, we drank some fine Napa wine and stared at the stack of Opus wine that was probably worth more than my life.

When my dish came, it looked lovely. I find too often that fancy Italian restaurants dish out Spartan portions, but Bottle Inn did not. Excitedly, I began eating. The gnocchi was amazing. They were like little fluffy pillows of potato-ey happiness that just melted away in my mouth. The melting feeling is really the test of good gnocchi and I was so happy to have found that here. The pesto sauce on top was also pretty

Chicken Polenta Lasagna
Chicken Polenta Lasagna

amazing. Being a family event, I was able to test out the rest of the dishes on the table as well and found everything to be pretty awesome, especially the Farfalle alla Carbonara and the Chicken Polenta Lasagna.

The only downside to my Bottle Inn experience was the price. Of course, the dishes were all worth the $20+ price tags, but it just means that it won’t be a place I can return to as often as I’d like.