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New wine bar keeps history alive

By on November 29, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Pictured during last week’s ribbon-cutting for Vintage Wine Bar are owners Justin Schmidt (holding scissors) and his wife, Britney; parents Lonny and Pat Schmidt; and Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith with other family members, friends and Waterloo Chamber of Commerce members. (Kermit Constantine photo)


High quality, superior and well-aged are different qualifiers used when describing a wine as vintage.

Starting out, the new Vintage Wine Bar in Waterloo will stick to the basics. But eventually, its owners plan to live up to this standard and more. 

After opening last Wednesday, the establishment now serves Washington Cabernet, Pinot Noir and New Zealand varieties, among other selections. Meat and cheese, bread and oil, and small pizzas will serve as the main fare.

“We have a lot of New World wines as of now because people around here will be more familiar with them,” owner Justin Schmidt explained. “The Old World wine — the French stuff — would be a tough sell because there’s not a big selection in the area.”

Pictured inside the new Vintage Wine Bar in Waterloo, from left, are owners Justin, Britney, Lonny and Pat Schmidt. (Kermit Constantine photo)

Additionally, Justin said he hopes to appeal to those who aren’t as passionate or are on the fence about drinking wine.

“If someone is into it, we do have a few options that are kind of introductory. We can give them something easy,” he said. “Something to begin with. Once you get into it, drinking wine can be really fun.”

Justin is partnering with several co-owners to run the business – his wife, Britney, mother, Pat, and father, Lonny – but has put much of the sweat equity into crafting the bar and renovating the inside of the facility at 212 S. Main Street…>>>

Read the rest of the story in the November 29  issue of the Republic-Times.

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years. email:sean@republictimes.net