When my wife and I arrived for a long weekend's vacation in Wilmington, the room at our B&B wasn't ready and the innkeeper suggested The Fortunate Glass as a place to get a drink. We discovered that the place wasn't open yet -- but it looked nice, so we decided to head back later in the weekend. The restaurant itself is lovely. Big, gorgeous bar with cozy table seating. We had high expectations for our return.
Un-Fortunately, those expectations went largely met. We returned for a light dinner a few nights later. The wine list is extensive -- they claim around a 300 bottle cellar, and about 30 of those can be had by the glass or "taste." The by-the-glass wines were seemingly picked because they were generally the least expensive -- which I can understand for a profit margin reason, but not so much for exploring wines. The choices were, for the most part, fairly standard.
The food menu is set up as small plates, which is usually a good thing for a wine bar. Most of those choices, however, were variations on "meat and cheese." While wine and cheese is considered "classic" -- in actuality, it is very difficult to pair properly since wines and cheeses have very specific flavors. There were no suggestions on the menu for wine pairings for the various food items. Our server, friendly as she was, didn't seem particularly wine-savvy outside of the basic flavor profile of the wines themselves. We ended up with a small mushroom pizza, which was just OK.
The atmosphere was comfortable, although the music selection that night was a bit odd -- we were there for over an hour and they played U2 exclusively. (And I mean "exclusively." No other artists.)
By way of full disclosure, my wife and I are foodies and we love trying new wines. For us, this experience was a disappointment. For someone who really just "wants a glass of wine," the Fortunate Glass might be decent -- but for an actual culinary experience, outward appearances don't reflect what you're going to get.
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