Monday, May 9, 2011

Zinful Wine Bar and Restaurant Now Open In Waterville

UPDATE from the editor: We regret to announce that Zinful Wine Bar and Restaurant has closed.

Time was the Toledo area was virtually barren of wine bars. Parched wine lovers were crawling across a dry desert landscape begging for a drop of Sauvignon Blanc.

Now the landscape is a virtual oasis with three wine bars beckoning with bottles galore. Last Wednesday Zinful, 7541 Dutch Road, Waterville, (419) 878-9463, opened its doors as our area’s newest wine landmark. Zinful offers full lunch and dinner menus and a focus on wines you probably won’t see on restaurant lists in the area.

Joyce Franzblau didn’t envision being the owner of a wine bar as recently as last fall. She had worked in the health care business but had always wanted to own her own business. When a building foreclosed about three miles from her home, she decided to buy what had formerly been a family restaurant. The vision was to be a landlord, but less than three weeks later the conversation had shifted to opening a wine bar that also sold cigars.

“I like wine, my husband likes cigars, and my brother likes craft beer,” said Joyce. “We’re not experts, but we’re trying to make it a cool experience. So far we have hit a bullseye.”

The wine list features 15 whites with nine by the glass options. There are two rose’s. For reds, there are 33 selections with 18 by the glass choices. There is also a selection of sparkling and dessert wines. For the whites, the high-end bottle is the 2005 Ladoucette Pouilly Fume from France ($50).

The priciest red is the 2006 Montes Purple Angel Carmenere from Chile ($60). Of course, if you want to splurge, you can pick up a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne for a mere $180.

The featured winery is Klinker Brick from Lodi, California. They offer an Old Vines or Old Ghost Zinfandel as well as a nice Farrah Syrah. We’ve reviewed these wines before and they are awesome.

In fact, Zinful lives up well to its name, offering 10 different Zinfandels including Zen of Zin, Earthquake, and Cartlidge and Browne. Also on the wine list are a 2009 Dr. Loosen Riesling from Germany, 2009 Anne Amie Cuvee A Pinot Noir from Oregon and 2006 Seven Hills Merlot from Washington. Three different Malbecs are offered as well as three different Syrahs. This is a great wine list. Wine flights and themed wine tastings will be coming in the near future.

The wine bar is sleek and stylish, decorated in a silver theme. Upon entering, you are greeted with a copper bar with a wide assortment of wines. To your right is a dining area and straight ahead is a sports bar complete with flat-screen TVs and a wide assortment of craft beer on tap. Live music is offered on Wednesday and the weekend.

Open mic nights are also in the plans. Past the sports bar is a private room for events up to 25 people. Outside is a covered patio to enjoy your vino or cigar (yes, Zinful has a cigar humidor and sells a nice selection).

The restaurant has opened with its casual dining menu, which includes salads, sandwiches, sliders, appetizers, and burgers (including a popular American Kobe burger). The fine-dining menu will be rolled out soon and includes steaks, swordfish, Cajun Tiger Chicken, marinated beet salad, and many dishes finished with interesting wine sauces. Zinful has its own pastry chef and while there I sampled a pineapple upside-down cake with ice cream and caramel sauce. It’s a winner!

Zinful is very accessible, being just one exit south of Fallen Timbers on US 24 and a stone’s throw from the intersection. It is open Monday through Saturday beginning at 11 AM. It would be a “zin” not to pay a visit and check out this latest Mecca for wine lovers.
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Lisa Skyver said...

Great restaurant ... food,wine ,staff and atmosphere were perfect. Highly recommend.

Nancy Gladwin said...

We stopped the other day to check out what we thought was just a wine bar. We were pleasantly surprised and delighted to see they serve food! And boy oh boy, what an awesome menu. We did the wine tasting (Wednesday nights) and sampled the appetizer menu. Delicious! Loved every moment we were in Zinful and can’t wait to go back. Thinking about holding our wedding reception there also!

Wine Rack said...

I think this is a great place to celebrate my Dad's birthday. Great blog. Thanks for this information!

Anonymous said...

We celebrated our 41st anniversary this past week and found the food was excellent and the service even more excellent. The wine selection was very diverse. We enjoyed our special evening.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank Zinful for so generously donating a $50 gift certificate and making a $50 corporate sponsorship to The Autism Academy of Learning's 2nd Annual Walk!
Carol Holmes, Walk Co-Chair

Anonymous said...

Nice atmosphere. Had the seafood appetizer. Wonderful flavor but the chips were quite soggy by the time we got to the bottom of the plate. Would prefer this to be served in a bowl with the chips at the side. Had the best chicken marsala I have ever tasted. My husband is still raving about the lamb chops. Had the sea bass on another occasion. Seemed a little fishy for a dish which should be quite mild. The lamb and turkey sliders were somewhat bland and dry. Loved the beet salad and complimentary chocolates. Nice touch. Burgers were a little pricey considering two excellent burger places already exist in Waterville and at much lower prices. Will return if the chef continues with such interesting entrees. Would like a salad included with the price of dinner.

R.B.Rubio said...

The food the wine and the jazz were superb. Fully recomend it