In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of Stem Wine Bar, the new spot from Seed owner Doug Turbush. I gave it a grade of 3 stars.
Stem nails many of the essential features of a great wine and tapas bar. While the decor may feel a touch sterile, it excels at making the world of wine accessible with guidance from servers that don’t take themselves too seriously and affordable with extensive sampling options. Its European-inspired charcuterie, cheeses and true small plates play a supporting role, pairing well with a smart wine list designed to satisfy, educate and surprise both wine novices and oenophiles alike.
Stem suggests you try the 2010 Gran Familia tempranillo ($7 glass) with the patatas bravas ($7), small potatoes carved into miniature shot glasses containing a rich pimento sauce and a zippy garlic aioli. You could also pair that red with the chorizo-stuffed dates ($12) in a smoked tomato sauce, a lovely mingling of sweet, spicy, salty and smoky flavors.
Stem is a hidden gem in East Cobb. You’ll find this one to be a keeper.
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– Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog