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We can’t think of a single varietal that isn’t on the list at the Stone Balloon Winehouse, nor can we think of a major wine region that was omitted. The Cruvinet system means you can sample from 20 wines offered by the glass, and the flights of three are creatively named. (A Brave New World includes Lost Angel Pinot Noir and Stags Leap Merlot from California, as well as Two Hands “Angels’ Share” from Australia.) You’ll find trendy bottles like Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay, standards such as J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon and classics like Château Mouton Rothschild Grand Cru. There are also interesting blends. Certainly, there is enough to keep the most discerning oenophile busy for a long time.
A state-of-the-art storage system means Stone Balloon Winehouse can uncork anything it likes at any time without fear of half-drunk bottles going to waste. For you, that means it
offers more than typically pedestrian house whites and reds by the glass. Enjoy one while
peering into the glass-fronted bottle cellar upstairs. Impressive.
Chef Jason Dietterick grows tomatoes and peppers on his shared rooftop garden, and his staff gets down and dirty at Blackbird Heritage Farm in Townsend and Whimsical Farms in Newark. The team turns super-fresh ingredients into simple, rustic, delicious dishes.
Any place that makes good Brussels sprouts deserves an award. But this roasted vegetables side—a delightful blend of baby carrots and caramelized Brussels—should be a full entrée. We’d eat a bowl of it.
With its slyly contemporary Old World atmosphere, The Stone Balloon Winehouse is as inviting a place as you’ll find. Executive chef Jason Dietterick’s farm-to-table, nouveau-bistro approach offers everything from the half-pound rib-eye Balloon Burger to roasted rack of spring lamb to local rockfish. A Cruvinet tap system controls the temperature of each bottle on the affordable wine-by-the-glass program. The list of top-shelf wines from around the world is also impressive.
The lengthy wine list at The Stone Balloon Wine House stresses accessibility. Its Cruvinet system—sort of a fancy beer tap for wines—allows customers to sample 2- and 5-ounce pours from a variety of vintners. There are Pinot Noirs from California, Syrahs from the Rhone Valley, Tuscan Sangiovese, Spanish Tempranillo, and representatives from nearly every wine-producing region of the globe. Most bottles are affordable, though those $900 bottles of Château Margaux Bordeaux are sure to impress more than a few.