Review: Vinosity wine bar in Austin, TX
3500 Jefferson Street, Ste. 101
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 3-11pm
Happy Hour: Tuesday thru Friday, 3-6pm ($1 off glasses, 10% off bottles)
Vinosity is around the corner from my house, so it was the prefect wine bar to try out. This wine bar is one of several places in Austin that offer a “Try and Buy” model.
Vinosity offers a changing list of 10 wines by the glass, five red and five white, but they offer hundreds of wines by the bottle. You can either have them open a bottle for you or take it home with you. They offer a 10% discount for 6 bottles and a 15% discount for 12 or more bottles. Vinosity also offers an assortment of small plates and appetizer “boards” for you to sample while you try their wines.
There are only two different wines flights offered by Vinosity, one white and one red. Both flights offer a 2 oz pour of four wines, and the day we visited the flights cost $9.99. The only drawback to the flights we tried was the choice of glassware. Vinosity uses tall, stem-less flutes for both red and white wines. The glasses are pretty, but they do not offer much of a chance to get a good sniff of the wine. However, the owner recently said you can request different glasses for the flights.
However, if you order a glass of wine, the 6 oz pour comes in a stem-less wine glass. I am not a big fan of the stem-less wine glasses either, but at least you can smell the wine in the glass, unlike in the stem-less flutes.
The wines for sale by the glass were well chosen, representing practically the entire wine producing world. The white wines included a Chardonnay, an Albarino, and two sparklings, one from Argentina and one from Australia. The red wines included a Spanish blend, a Cotes du Ventoux, an Italian Barolo, and a Californian Mourvedre/Syrah blend.
We stopped by on a Friday night, so things were busy and the service was a little slow. But parking was a snap and the location, not being downtown, makes it a great place to stop while the other folks gripe at each other on Mopac. On this particular Friday, there was a classical guitarist, which added a nice touch.