Photo credit to Velo Steve on Flickr
Let’s start this countdown to Christmas, shall we? (That is – if you celebrate.) Starting this Saturday,Â the â€œWine Dudeâ€ over at Vertical Bistro in Pasadena,Â David Haskell, will select a different sparkling wine every day (with the exception of Mondays) to be featured in the bar and lounge for just $5 per glass.Â Be sure to use Haskell’s expertise while you’re there – he’ll be on hand to offer pairing suggestions from the barâ€™s new California bistro-inspired small plates selection, including rare and hard-to-find artisanal cheeses and charcuterie.
Also, if you’re not in the mood for bubbly, you can stop in any time at their Tuesday – Thursday happy hour from 5 – 7Â PMÂ and 10 PM – 12 AM, featuring 25 % off the bar menu and select drink specials for $6.
Peep the menu below to see what’s available to enjoy with your sparkling (or unsparkling) wine:
Chorizo De Pueblo, Spain
Lomo Curado, Italy
Mortadella with Pistachio, Italy
Garlic Sausage, Italy
Serrano Ham, Italy
Salame Gentile, France
Saussision Sec ‘F. Delices’Â , France
3 meats 16.
5 meats 22.
7 meats 28.
Sainte Maure Caprifeuille, France, goat
Delices de Cremiers, France, cow, goat
Trappe Echourgnac, France, cow
Cana de Oveja, Spain, sheep
Manchego, Spain, sheep
Pecorino Foglie di Noce, Italy, sheep
Red Cloud, USA, goat
Quadrello di Bufala, Italy, buffalo
Fiscalini Bandage-wrapped Cheddar, USA, cow
Sao Jorge, Portugal, cow
Ã‰poisses De Bourgogne, France, cow
Gamonedo, Spain, blue veined, cow, goat
Valdeon, Spain, blue-veined, cow, goat
3 cheeses 16.
5 cheeses 22.
7 cheeses 28.
Mixed Greens (herbs, cucumber, red wine vinaigrette) 6.
Shoestring Fries (truffle oil, ketchup)Â 8.
Mac & Cheese (gruyÃ¨re, herbs, breadcrumbs) 8.
Capresse Salad (tomato, Burrata, basil, truffle vinaigrette)Â 8.
Fried Calamari (apple aÃ¯oli, lemon) 9.
Margherita Pizza (tomato, mozzarella, basil) 9.
Date Poppers (Serrano ham, gorgonzola, pickled jalapeÃ±os) 11.
Squash Blossoms (zucchini, red onions, blue lake beans, citrus aÃ¯oli) 11.
Corn Fritter (cured salmon, crÃ¨me fraÃ®che)Â 12.
Sirloin Burger (onion, 1000 island, lettuce, tomato) 13.
House-made Ice Cream Sandwich 8.
Saturday, December 12 – Thursday, December 24, 2009
$5 per glass of bubbly
Happy Hour every Tuesday – Thursday
5 – 7Â PM,Â 10 PM – 12 AM
25% off bar menu, $6 drink specials
Vertical Wine Bistro
70 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(Upstairs, north of Union St.)