Cassie & Sandra Wine Women at Vine & Grain in Brentwood

I was walking the STREETS OF BRENTWOOD, waiting for a friend to be fully pampered at a nearby salon, when I spotted an inviting outdoor setting that told me "this was someplace I could cool my heels." Once inside I saw a very neat and orderly wine bar. I walked right past 100's of bottles of wine and a few beer taps (brands I didn't recognize) and chatted up two young women who seemed eager to please. They assured me I came to the right place when I asked if they offered a charcuterie board (artisan cheeses, meats and accompaniments, snacks to drink wine by). Sandra a German wine sommelier in training assured they did and showed me her offerings. I was pleased to see they list several varieties of wine flights including one with bubbles. I was interrupted with a beep that my friend was ready for pick up. I assured the gals I would be back for more soon.

Open Wednesday - Saturday 1 PM - 11 PM and Sunday's 1 PM - 7 PM. Call (925) 240-4456 to see if they are open Monday & Tuesday I'm not sure. Here's a website you can look at








Titled: Black & Blue Beer, Flatbread, and a View

Launching a new website for yourself is exhausting. It is so much easier doing one for someone else. You can be so much more objective on theirs. For me, it's a job that is never done. Things can always be improved. That is actually one of the nice things about it. When you print something on paper you have to live with it.

I needed a break from a long working weekend. Went to one of my favorite new food stops yesterday. The place has an intimate feel, the staff is friendly, and the food is very nice.

The bar was full so I grabbed a window seat, took in the view and looked over the menu.

I like beer and I'm not fussy about it. I can drink them all just fine. I do stay away from bacon flavored though. That was a no Bueno experience and the only beer I ever left behind.

The flatbread arrived reeking of garlic (fine with me). The menu said "chefs choice" on the toppings and I didn't ask. This one had corn, assorted cheeses, basil and of course garlic. It was prepared well but before I order this again I'll ask if today's chef's choice toppings include some sort of relevant spicy processed meat by-product before I order this again.

I found out too late they offer a variety of tacos on Tuesday's. Next time.

Moresi's ChopHouse, Clayton



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