The inside is bright, even on a cloudy day. And it’s this attention to detail that lets you know you can trust your wine journey to owner Mattie Jackson. She is a native of Franklin TN, went away for school and spent some time in France. There, she started an intense relationship with wine and like a lot women she followed her love to California. She earned her chops at Joseph Phelps Vineyard and came back to Nashville to share her passion and knowledge of wine. She opened Salt and Vine, a proper wine bar right here in Nashville. There are bits of the west coast all over the restaurant, with its bright white color palate and pops of yellow and black. There is a tasting room in the back where she has monthly wine tastings and a full kitchen that serves up small plates and robust main courses that pair perfectly with the wines served.
> The house cut chips with sour cream dip is a diet buster and so worth it you will invite your trainer next time.
> The beef sliders, with gruyere, caramelized shallots and thyme aioli will cause you to drive across town in rush hour to get a sophisticated sackful.
The menu shows my vegetarian homies mad love with charred carrots, honey brown butter and hazelnuts. The entree was strikingly beautiful and so hardy that it had a main course quality that rivaled the fish and the chicken on an Emirates flight. A couple sitting with me shared the crispy chicken thighs, farro, blistered tomato and salsa Verde. They offered me a taste, I turned to get my fork and the plate was empty. Not a grain of farro was on the plate and the bones were artfully arranged in what looked like a peace sign.
There was every flavor of Nashville resident sitting at the wine bar that night and the cork is the luscious soundtrack playing on the sound system. I would suggest that you shake a tail feather and get to salt and vine. When you get there, save me seat at the bar.
Salt & Vine is located at 4001 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Learn more at http://www.saltandvinenashville.com/
- Picture of Mattie Jackson taken by styleblueprint