Grand Vines

I've been hoping to try Grand Vines for some time now. A friend wanted to get together to touch base and it occurred to me this would be the perfect opportunity. With so much going on with life-in-general, it didn't dawn on me that it was First Wednesday. What an unexpected treat to have live jazz music (with a vocalist) during our meal and visit!

She (and probably most people) eats much earlier than our family, so I agreed to meet her at 5 PM. My friend easily found a window seat inside, but all the outside tables were taken. After quickly eyeing their menu we went up to the counter to order. She ordered a slice of their artichoke quiche with a cup of chicken dumpling soup and I decided on a slice of their spinach and bacon quiche with a cup of the same soup($7.95). Since we opted to have a side with our quiche, two small slices of sourdough with butter were included. We each bought a glass of wine at the wine bar - one Riesling ($6) and one Pinot Noir ($8).

Our meals were brought out to our table after about 12 - 15 minutes. Not that it matters that much when there's so much friendly chatter. My friend commented that her soup tasted almost homemade. It did have a rich broth and I enjoyed the dense little dumplings. The quiche had a fresh, mild flavor. It went well with my glass of Pinot.

I read on Grand Vines Deli menu that you pay per taste of each of their wines - $1.00 to $2.50. One of the photos below shows their wall of wine selections.

Next time, I'd like to go in and try one of their fondues. Maybe I'll get lucky and hit First Wednesday yet again. The busy sidewalk made for great people watching from our window seat.

195 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 399-9463

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The cheese fondue available in the evening is tasty and fun to share and chat over. The generous portion was too big for two of us to finish, and comes with plenty of apple slices and bread for dipping.

Lisa Anne said...

mmm, fondue is yummy! I've been wanting to go here for a while now. It'll be hard to choose what to get.

KandN said...

I noticed they offer a bleu cheese fondue. I'd like to try that!

Salem Man said...

groovey

KandN said...

I'll bet you still have your fondue pot, don't you??

Salem Man said...

Yes, we due.

KandN said...

Oh my gosh! I can't believe it took me so long to get your pun! Doh!

Anonymous said...

New Owners as of 3/09- All home made soups and great new wine sleection and very helpful - this is now the best wine shop in Salem without a doubt. If you haven't been there in a while - now is the time and they are doing the BEST wine dinners in town! Did I mention that they have gourmet chocolates? Wow what a combination!

Chuck Bradley said...

Since people watching and
eating are two of my favorite things, Grand Vines held, for me, the best of both worlds. As wine sales is their raison d'ĂȘtre, it's not surprising that they have a huge selection. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. It was fun to muse upon the previous occupants of this space over the years. It was originally a drug store, then, in the '50's and 60's was Ted Morrison Realtors, then a bus stop waiting area among others. Their soup of the day was Navy Bean and Sausage (Andouille) and was excellent. I had their "Cubana" sandwich, which consisted of light Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, sliced ham, turkey and Swiss cheese grilled on fresh ciabatta bread. Very good! I enjoyed my leisurely lunch at one of their sidewalk tables and watched the passersby and read a good book. This was the most pleasant hour of my day, so far.