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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
The operators of Liberatore's in Timonium are opening an adjacent wine bar. Liquid Lib's will open on Nov. 25. This will be the first wine bar in the Liberatore's family of restaurants, which includes a total of five locations in Harford, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. The first location, in Eldersburg, was opened in 1988. “I have been dreaming of opening a place like this for years,” said John Liberatore, who operates the Timonium restaurant on Deereco Road.   Liquid Lib's, Liberatore said, will provide a new option for residents of northern Baltimore County, which is dominated, he explained, by taverns on one end and a handful of fine-dining destinations on the other.
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Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Columbia's Aida Bistro & Wine Bar has been a Howard County favorite since it opened in 2002. Loyal customers have followed the restaurant through several changes, including relocation and the introduction of an innovative - and cool - tap system for serving wines by the glass or carafe. During summer of 2014, owners Joe and Mary Barbera ushered in another set of changes, as former sous-chef Nina Swartz took over as executive chef and the restaurant introduced a new menu offering entrées at a mix of prices.
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By Meekah Hopkins | November 30, 2011
Don't be fooled. Silo.5%, the new wine bar in Locust Point, stands out for more than their extensive list of vino. The scene - a modern lounge with black leather furniture, intimately arranged; the bar - a clean slate-marble accented in green lighting; and the scenery - a panoramic glass exterior opens to a harbor view. It's a perfect venue for a cool, casual cocktail date. Its drink menu runs seamlessly together with its style - classic with a modern edge. My favorite, Catch U in the Rye, is a spicy, sexy take on an old-school American favorite: the Manhattan.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2014
All day Tuesday, they came to the Grand Cru wine bar with swollen red eyes, hugging one another and trying to make sense of the loss of a good friend and boss. They lifted a glass and reminisced about Nelson Carey, the genial and worldly publican of Belvedere Square, whose Grand Cru has been a popular destination for a decade. Mr. Carey, whose European-style wine bar and patisserie was more than a home away from home for an eclectic and devoted band of regulars, died early Tuesday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
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By Richard Gorelick | June 26, 2012
Blue Sage Cafe and Wine Bar opened on June 1 in Mount Washington in the Kelly Avenue space that was formerly The Falls (and before that Freida's Kitchen and, for years, the Mt. Washington Food Market). I've been hearing about Blue Sage - and read about it on a few other blogs -- but I kept not picking up the phone to check it out. So, I was happy to hear from Ricky Johnson, the bar and front-of-house manager at Blue Sage, who filled me in on the background and early days of Blue Sage.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2010
With the opening of Vino Rosina, there's no shortage of wine bars in the city. Fells Point, Federal Hill, Harbor East and Hampden now have at least one wine bar each. And with the accessibility of boutique wines, you could spend a week touring local wine bars and never sip the same stuff twice. Each of these three wine bars, from the waterside V-NO to the funky 13.5%, has something different to offer wine lovers. 13.5% Wine Bar Despite its awkward name, 13.5% Wine Bar is a welcome addition to Hampden's nightlife scene.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2014
All day Tuesday, they came to the Grand Cru wine bar with swollen red eyes, hugging one another and trying to make sense of the loss of a good friend and boss. They lifted a glass and reminisced about Nelson Carey, the genial and worldly publican of Belvedere Square, whose Grand Cru has been a popular destination for a decade. Mr. Carey, whose European-style wine bar and patisserie was more than a home away from home for an eclectic and devoted band of regulars, died early Tuesday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
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By ROB KASPER | June 20, 2007
The idea of putting a wine bar in an airport intrigued me. Could there be a better way to wait for your flight, I wondered, than sitting in a comfortable chair, comparing tasting notes on wines? Going through airport security always puts me in the mood for a drink, and the new Vino Volo wine bar, located in the A concourse of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, was well past the security checkpoints. Moreover, Southwest Airlines uses the gates on this corridor.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | December 26, 2007
At last. Junior's Wine Bar (1117 S. Charles St., 410-727-1212) in Federal Hill has finally opened where Vespa used to be. It's Vespa on steroids - double the size and double the seating, with room for 114 customers if you count the bar stools. Co-owner Jeff Minderlein describes it as a comfortable space, done in earthy tones with lots of wood, red brick floors, brown leather couches in the lounge and African rosewood bar tops. Obviously, the emphasis is on wine, but it's an affordable emphasis, with an eclectic list divided into Old World and New World reds and whites.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | June 10, 2009
Every neighborhood needs something like the Pure Wine Cafe (8210 Main St., 410-480-5037, PureWineCafe.com). Now Ellicott City has one, in the space where Annabell's Fine Wine used to be. Pure Wine is part wine bar and part coffee house, a place to "meet your friends and have some small plates," as co-owner P. J. Strain put it. Since I first wrote about the place at the beginning of the year, the concept has changed somewhat. Instead of a full menu, chef Kevin Brothers, formerly at Great Sage in Clarksville, offers a short selection of dishes that change weekly.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Coming this fall, Meyerhoff patrons will be able to slurp some oysters before their Offenbach and Orff. A third location for Ryleigh's Oyster is coming to the multi-level restaurant space on Cathedral Street that most recently housed Mari Luna Bistro, which closed in January. "We want to get it open by the beginning of show season," said Ryleigh's owner Brian McComas, who owns and operates the original Ryleigh's in Federal Hill and a second, Ryleigh's Hunt Valley, on Padonia Road.   The Meyerhoff's main attraction, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, begins its fall season on Sept.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
As in any major city, Baltimore and its bars benefit from a hot ticket. Whether it is the Orioles' opening day or a Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert downtown, these events rarely fail to draw large crowds. In the process, many attendees find time to patronize bars in the neighborhoods they visit. In late February, it was easy to see similar stars aligning by the Hippodrome Theatre. As the multiple Tony Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” had a well-received 13-day run downtown, the Italian wine bar and restaurant Forno quietly opened around the same time.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Forno, a great-looking new restaurant and wine bar located across the street from the Hippodrome Theatre , opened as quietly as it could in late February just as the blockbuster musical "The Book of Mormon" pulled into town. Emina Dukic, who co-owns Forno with her husband, Bryan Noto, has said she wants Forno to be not only an amenity for the theater crowd but for residents of an emerging west-side neighborhood in and around the sprawling campus of the University of Maryland.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Dozens of star-struck lawmakers flocked to an Annapolis wine bar Friday evening to meet Kevin Spacey, star of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” and to hear a pitch for  a generous tax credit that would keep its production in Maryland. Delaying their usual rush to get out of town on Fridays, senator and delegates of both parties dropped by to meet and greet the Oscar-winning actor at a private reception. The real Annapolis politicians couldn't wait to  get a glimpse of the man who may be the nation's most popular fake Washington politician - the scheming and unscrupulous Frank Underwood.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Business looks to be blooming in Mount Washington's commercial district. On Newbury Street, the Mount Washington Tavern recently celebrated the first anniversary of its reopening after a late-night fire tore through the North Baltimore gathering spot. There are other promising developments in the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, the longtime home of cozy restaurants like Ethel & Ramone's , Desert Cafe and Crepe du Jour . Ethel & Ramone's will reopen early next year as Ethel's Creole Kitchen . The restaurant is currently closed for renovations.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
The operators of Liberatore's in Timonium are opening an adjacent wine bar. Liquid Lib's will open on Nov. 25. This will be the first wine bar in the Liberatore's family of restaurants, which includes a total of five locations in Harford, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. The first location, in Eldersburg, was opened in 1988. “I have been dreaming of opening a place like this for years,” said John Liberatore, who operates the Timonium restaurant on Deereco Road.   Liquid Lib's, Liberatore said, will provide a new option for residents of northern Baltimore County, which is dominated, he explained, by taverns on one end and a handful of fine-dining destinations on the other.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,sun restaurant critic | September 24, 2006
Urbanites tend to think of wine bars as chic, happening places with lots of style. For the most part, that's true in Baltimore. I can say so with assurance because I've done some serious research on the subject. But judging from Aida Bistro's new wine bar, there's a suburban version that has its own charm. If I had to characterize it, I'd say Aida's is the comfort food version of the wine bar. It's family-owned and family-run - the kind of place people gather in hordes Friday night after work and on the weekend, but where you can also quietly enjoy a small plate of homemade ravioli and a glass of red wine if you time it right.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | February 24, 2008
Food *** (3 stars) Service *** (3 stars) Atmosphere *** (3 stars) It seemed to take forever. And when Junior's Wine Bar finally did open, I don't think anyone expected the renovation to be quite so impressive. The storefront that was once Vespa Cafe and Wine Bar is now merely the first dining room. It still has the stone tile floors of the original; and while it looks quite different -- the tables are less crowded together, for one thing -- the decor is also contemporary, the room done in warm colors with eye-catching paintings on the walls.
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Wesley Case | October 2, 2013
With high-end shopping, award-winning fine dining and a luxury hotel that can count One Direction members as recent customers, Harbor East can safely be called Baltimore's most glamorous neighborhood. When the attractive wine bar Vino Rosina came to Harbor East's Bagby building in May 2010, it seemed like a fine fit. But success isn't guaranteed just because a bar looks the part in an elegant neighborhood, and in July, Vino Rosina smartly hit the restart button. Ownership remains the same, but in its place is now Oliver Speck's, a restaurant focusing on Southern barbecue.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
The annual Farm to Chef Culinary Competition is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 30 at the American Visionary Arts Museum. The benefit dining event teams Maryland chefs with local farmers to create innovative farm-fresh dishes that will be served to, and judged by, guests at the Federal Hill museum. This is the fourth year for Farm to Chef, which is presented by the Baltimore chapter for the American Institute of Wine and Food. Proceeds from the event will benefit Days of Taste, an AIWF Baltimore program that introduces elementary school children to basic farm-to-table concepts.
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