Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

New: Bear Track Bistro & Winery, Tucson

bearwinebistro 003This afternoon some foodie and winey friends and I went to try out this new Tucson wine bistro on the NE corner of Sunrise & Swan in the Foothills.

The spiel is this; the wine bistro owned by a man who owns a winery in New Mexico. The website — Bear Track Winery dot com — isn’t functional as of this writing so I don’t know too much about it.

As a patron you can buy wine by the glass, the bottle, or a flight of four tastes as we did. Four wines are $10 and the reserve costs four wines for $15.

You can also build your own platter of food for a bit of nosh. It’s recommended that you begin with ciabatta bread for dipping (which comes from Mona’s Danish Bakery in the same shopping center), two olive oils and two balsamic vinegars. We tried jalapeno and basil olive oil with pomegranate and 25 year old aged vinegar, then mixed and matched.

We also chose Chimayo cheese, canned boneless smoked sturgeon, sopressa veneto cured meat made in New York, and stuffed olives. The platter was ample for three and comfortable for four.

Cheeses are made in New Mexico and laced with chiles — green, chimayo, or ghost (hotter than habenero). Cheese may be sold to go. Try the Asiago and feta made with cow’s milk.

Although the wine list is small, offerings were well liked. I especially like a red varietal called Tarantula Beach and a sweet/spicy red wine (served chilled) called Kiss of the Bear. The spice came from red chili. This wine really needed a piece of bittersweet chocolate to accompany it.

The interior is conducive to small groups of people sipping and tasting and even overlapping and mingling. I hope they add more seating.

My only complaint is with the four of us we needed small individual plates. The messy sharing of canned smoke sturgeon and dipping oils needed more than a flimsy cocktail napkin, even paper plates would be an improvement.

Numerous people came in to check out the Bistro and I’m sure it will draw some regulars soon.

You can find out about upcoming events by joining their email – beartrackwinery@gmail.com or follow them on Facebook

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