European Style Wine Bar in Mystic, CT

30 March 2015 / By travel4foodfun@gmail.com
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Many times, Tom and I travel at least an hour away to enjoy a great meal or an excellent glass of wine. Not anymore! Frizzante Champagne & Wine Bar is now open in Mystic, CT.

DSC_0325A couple of weeks ago, Tom and I were taking a stroll in downtown Mystic when we noticed a new business had opened. The Frizzante Champagne & Wine Bar sign beckoned us inside (of course!) It was 3 PM on a Saturday, and we were shocked by the number of patrons inside at that time of day. How did we discover this gem that opened during the first weekend in February?!

DSC_0317Frizzante is located in a historic building in downtown Mystic. Proprietor Stephen Clemente, who also owns Extra Virgin and Semolina Pasta Shop in Old Mystic Village, was given the opportunity to renovate space in the building to open the wine bar. We can tell that the renovation of the area was a project of love. Upon entering Frizzante, you are transported to another time and place. The exposed brick and wrought iron chandeliers give the bar a feeling of warmth and class without feeling pretentious. For me, it feels like I’m in the West Village instead of Mystic, CT!

DSC_0330Frizzante takes the European approach to the wine bar concept. They are wine forward with food in the background. The bar embraces the pre- and post-dinner markets. However, Tom and I chose to stay and eat a beautiful array of tapas. The sardines with lemon pepper olive oil and crostini was incredible. These are not your average grocery store sardines! They taste of fish, but without the saltiness that we expected. Another standout was the Swedish gravlax with honey mustard sauce. It was simply delightful. The snacks were great to nibble on while we enjoyed the main attraction: Wine and Champagne!

DSC_0311Tom and I sat at the bar (as usual)! And we were so happy we did! Frizzante offers over 100 glasses of wine to choose from. Luckily Stephen and his team are HIGHLY knowledgeable and can help with the selection process. With a few questions, Stephen offers you a sample to try. If that doesn’t work, he will find something else that fits your mood perfectly. Just a warning from a lesson we learned. We didn’t consult the menu and relied on Stephen’s suggestions. Most of the glasses of wine are in the typical $12 range. However, at the end of the night, we noticed a glass was over $30 (yikes). To avoid this, let Stephen also know your budget.

DSC_0326If you find a wine you enjoy, try not to get too attached. Frizzante only buys a case of each wine, so the selection is always in rotation. If you desire, you may purchase bottles of wine and keep them on hand at the bar (just in case they run out) as Frizzante also offers a cellaring service.

DSC_0328On most Wednesday evenings, Frizzante offers a wine class. Tom and I recently attended a class on Tuscan wines. For $10, we sampled five different wines. This isn’t an ordinary tasting. Spread over nearly 2 hours, Stephen serves as your guide to the region. We learned so much about Tuscan wines, and the tastings served as an exclamation point, highlighting the story Stephen just told. I say “story” instead of “history” because it genuinely felt seamless as Stephen took all of us on a journey from the 13th century to present day Tuscany, tied together by the different wines sampled.

DSC_0331Frizzante Champagne & Wine Bar is an incredible addition to Mystic, CT! If you are in the area, we highly recommend a visit. And if not, maybe it’s a chance for you to drive an hour or two out of the way to try Frizzante on an evening outing. You won’t be disappointed!

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