Due to the University of Dallas’ small size, many students feel the need to venture off campus. This, in turn, means that certain places in the city like Crooked Tree Coffeehouse or Twisted Root Burger Co. become so frequented by students that they no longer feel like off-campus getaways and seem like an extension of campus.
To avoid this problem, Elizabeth Kerin and I explored the uncharted territory of the Lower Greenville area.
A late-night wine and cheese chat seemed like the perfect mid-week pick-me-up, especially since our nightly glass of wine is usually of the Franzia or Barefoot variety.
In an effort to step up our vino game, we found Stoney’s Wine Lounge — a hole-in-the wall wine shop owned by jazz aficionados. Stone and Diana Savage run the lounge and have created a haven of wine and jazz over the weekends.
Though the wine lounge stays open until 10 p.m., Elizabeth and I arrived at a deserted restaurant at 9:15 p.m.
The owner, Stone Savage, watched his latest show as we approached the counter. As he noticed our arrival, he sprang into action, seating us in a cozy corner and dimming the lights.
The wine list featured decadent wines from an international market ranging from $21 to $5,000 per bottle. However, if your group is not big enough to split a bottle, or you cannot agree on a wine, they offer a decent variety served by the glass.
Elizabeth chose the 2011 Las Nencias Malbec, $9 a glass, from Argentina, and I decided upon the 2012 Carmenet Chardonnay, $8 a glass, from California. The red Malbec presented full-bodied bitter tones of berries, while my chardonnay brought out crisp, fruity flavors.
Both wines were delicious, a tribute to the owner’s finesse in selecting the bottles.
We also ordered two plates to share, one cheese and one hummus for $12.99 each. Diana brought us the plates, beautifully arranged on ceramic trays: one had creamy hummus, tabbouleh salad and olives and the other had three cheeses: Ilchester Double Gloucester Cheddar, goat and Spanish Manchego. All the cheeses presented full flavors without being too strong.
The overall experience provided a relaxing, tasteful visit while not being extremely overpriced. I would suggest going on a weekend night to experience the live jazz music. The recordings they chose were a nice addition to the off-campus getaway.
Stoney’s Wine Lounge
6038 Oram St Dallas, TX 75206
Tuesday – Thursday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday – Monday Closed