The staff were very friendly and helpful, coming down to tasting area to find us when there was a timely cancellation for lunch. We sat outside on the nice open air porch and ordered 2 appetizers and a special salad with tortellini and lamb kebobs, and 4 different wines, including blanc de blancs, chanteloupe, coupage, and claret.
The wines were drinkable, not distinguished at all, but not bad, but we are more knowledgable wine people than average. (The last few nights at home we had Manzoni barolo, Ridge cab, Langhe arneis and fontallada cava). The wolf mountain red wine described as a "bordeaux blend of merlot and cab sav" turned out to be 90% merlot and 3% cab. it tasted like those totally blah merlots that were lampooned in the movie "sideways" that once made "merlot" synonymous with uninteresting california wine. but it was drinkable. the white wine blended with chardonnay and viognier was ok too, but neither of us really wanted to drink it.
The food was less satisfactory. This food was what I used to have decades ago when I was young and went to chain restaurants: cheap ingredients, extremely over salted, and there was really nothing at all I wanted to put in my stomach. The trout spread was a hard substance that tasted like mostly cream cheese with no taste of trout, just salt. we didn't eat it, and usually my wife is too polite to leave anything, no matter how mediocre, on the plate.
the charcuterie plate was just some cold cuts of the quality you find at the grocery store deli counter, but not as good as high end groceries. You can often find a sandwich at the airport that is better than this food. maybe the pizza would have been a better choice, but it was probably as salty as everything else.
I feel bad criticizing this place because the staff, ownership, and everyone we met was just wonderful. We had a nice time and left a big tip, but if you are a foodie, you will not be able to eat here, and the wine is ordinary as well. The rave reviews here are simply not representative of our impression. A lot of people around us did seem to be enjoying themselves.
Oh yes, and on a Saturday it was extremely crowded. After a 2 hour drive from Atlanta we were wondering if we would be unable to even get in for lack of parking space.
Tiger mountain wine is noticeably higher quality than this, and we even bought some of the wine there to take home. The food was also slightly better.
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