Oct 4, 2012
10:55 AMCafé Connecticut
High on the Hog in Darien
It was a lovely day and we were sitting on the back patio at Ten Twenty Post in Darien soaking up the autumn sunshine. In no hurry, we decided to splurge and have a glass of wine with our lunch. When our waitress brought the wine list, we were pleasantly surprised. It was a long one—with wines by the glass, Pinot Noirs & Burgundies, Varietals, Cabernets & Cabernet Blends, and lots of half bottles—completely covering a large 11-by-17-inch card. But where were the whites? We turned the menu over and there on the flip side was another list, just as long, of sparklers, Chardonnays & Burgundies, and Varietals/Blends.
We were impressed. This is a wide-ranging, well-curated roster for an “oyster bar-bistro”—173 full bottles in all, plus 26 half-bottles, the majority from France and California, but also from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Australia, Argentina, Chile and South Africa. And the list changes frequently, we’re told. Owner David Nelson is always rejiggering the list, adding new finds, subtracting others.
Our luck continued to hold when the Lindie suggested we get a bottle—they’re all half-price on Sunday (and you don’t have to finish it, you can take rest home). This was great news—most restaurants that offer half-price wines do it during the week to pull in customers on slower days. And many of them have a limit, e.g., half-price on wines up to $100. There were no such exceptions here.
So, to make a long story a little longer, we had a fine time at Ten Twenty. We were well-fed (we shared a bowl of mussels, a tuna tartare and a Grûyère/caramelized-onion flatbread), well taken care of by Lindie, and thoroughly happy with the $23 Barrel 27 “High on the Hog” Viognier (regularly $46) we ordered.
Well, half of it, anyway—we had the rest with dinner!
Ten Twenty Post, 1020 Post Rd., Darien, 203/655-1020, tentwentypost.com.High on the Hog in Darien