January 25th, 2009
What does a 12-person all male choir and Corez wine bar have to do with anything? Last night, my hubby, Steve and I along with 8 other family members went to hear Chanticleer at Calvin College. And I won’t digress too much on the Chanticleer subject but if you’ve never heard them before and you’re fascinated with music, you should hear them. They are quite amazing. Men singing as low and high as I have ever heard. Crazy.
So the 10 family crew headed to Corez Wine Bar for a nightcap after the concert. Being it was Corez’s third night open I wasn’t sure what to expect – giant crowds? or would we be doing them a huge favor by bringing 10 whole people? Turns out there had been about 150 people in over the dinner hour and there were still quite a few lingering when we arrived after 10pm. (There were still people there at 1:30 when we finally left!)
We started ordering -
First a carafe of the “house red” to share around the table. For $15 we had a great little wine – they will always have a red and white “house wine” at $15 a bottle. that’s pretty cool. one doesn’t need to drop a ton but can try something new. Last night’s was a Sangiovese blend that did just fine thank you.
then we all went our separate ways tasting things. they offer 2oz pours or 6oz pours of 20+ wines; whites, reds, cava, pank! (which in Mike Dombrowski language means pink/dry rose). I can’t tell you how many wines they offer by the bottle…it has its own list and with all the activity around me there was no time for deep perusing.
They offer nice cocktails with unique labels of spirits (similar to many of ours at AOTT – different, not necessarily top-shelf expensive but really good) made by bartenders that really know what they’re doing. My dad, a martini purist tried the Saffron Martini – not up his alley but my mom loved her Manhattan made with Bulleit Bourbon.
We weren’t really hungry but decided on ordering a smattering of small plates for the table, the most popular items were those off the charcuterie list; from cheeses (from their supply partner Art of the Table) to house made pate, they were all impressive. The favorite small plate was the escargot with chunks of roasted butternut squash, garlic and thyme cream. Delightful little snails they were!
The place is coming together nicely. The night was relaxed, our waitress, Heather, was great. They all seemed to be putting their best foot forward. Sitting anywhere near the door proves drafty and it’s a little on the loud side, but really for their third night, they have me excited to return and try some really cool wines at a decent price.
Why was it significant I recalled where we had been prior? Because at the end of the concert, we handed my business card to one of the members of Chanticleer. On the back of the card I wrote “Your Chanticleer fan club will be at Grand Rapids’ newest wine bar, Corez. 919 Cherry SE, open til 2am”. Some of them showed up. That was pretty cool too.