Friday, April 22, 2011

Tres Belle Wine and Martini Lounge Now Open at Levis Commons

The Toledo area wine scene has a new star in the night sky. Tres Belle Wine and Martini Lounge, (419) 874-4555, is now open for business in Levis Commons in Perrysburg. With an address of 3145 Hollister Lane, Tres Belle is located near the clock tower and is neighbors with the Hilton Garden Inn and Fat Fish Blue.

We visited the lounge for a VIP pre-opening event and it is clear that Tres Belle is going to be a popular evening hotspot offering the right mix of wine, entertainment, and special events.

“We have a little bit of everything, “ said manager April Judson about the wine list. “As we get going we will change things up. We plan on having live music on Fridays and Saturdays and a DJ after 12."

Tres Belle will feature occasional wine and Scotch tastings and is available for private parties. Food is not currently being offered, but food can be catered in for special events.

The lounge has a hip vibe accentuated by a curving bar that dominates the interior. Stylish lighting fixtures and prominent flat-screen televisions let you know that you’ll be having an upscale experience. A small stage was occupied by a DJ during our visit and definitely contributed to the party atmosphere. One patron commented that it was like having “a little bit of Chicago” in Perrysburg.

During our visit, we sampled the Hayes Ranch Cabernet (California) and the Le Terre Chardonnay. The Hayes Ranch was a particularly succulent Cabernet with soft tannins and ripe red fruit. The Chardonnay had crisp minerality. For only $6 a glass, the Hayes Ranch is an outstanding value.

The wine list features 19 red wines, six of which are available by the glass. There are four Pinot Noirs and seven Cabernets. On the high end is the Cakebread Napa Valley Cabernet at $75 per bottle. Among the per glass red wines is Trivento Reserve Malbec from Argentina, which we recently reviewed and found to be a very worthy value. Another interesting choice is the “Les Bretches” from Chateau Kefraya, a Lebanese winery.

White wine offerings include a total of 11 selections, seven of which are available by the glass. Among the per glass selections are an Austrian Gruner Veltliner from Hopler and New Zealand’s Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. These are two TWAV favorites. The high-end white bottle is the Stag’s Leap “Karia” Napa Valley Chardonnay at $65.

The wine list also features three Champagnes and three Ports, not to mention an assortment of interesting martinis and the lure of the Casa de Montecristo Cigar Lounge mere steps away.

We expect Tres Belle to be an immediate hit, but also to evolve over time. We’d like to see wine flights offered and also to include the vintages on the wine list, which is a must to attract wine lovers. The website, shared between Tres Belle and Casa de Montecristo, also needs to be beefed up with information about hours, the wine list, and events. The wine list could be expanded a bit too. For example, there are no wines from Oregon, Spain, or Germany. Some premium bottles should be added as well.

But those comments are small potatoes in the larger scheme of things. Wine lovers have a new playground and it is called Tres Belle!
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Anonymous said...

Great write up!

Anonymous said...

Amazing that they still have no hours on their website and Tres Belle has next to zero information on it. I have been told Tres Belle is more of a night club instead of a wine bar...