Merriweather District has a new gem in its culinary scene with the grand opening of Smashing Grapes. This restaurant is set to become a hotspot for locals and visitors alike, offering a delightful mix of fine dining, local wines, and live entertainment. Here’s a closer look at what makes Smashing Grapes a must-visit destination.

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The Wine Experience

Smashing Grapes offers a curated wine experience that is second to none. Their wine bar is well-lit and cozy, providing the perfect atmosphere to enjoy their extensive selection. 

Wine flights are designed to take you on a journey through various tastes and textures, enhancing your appreciation of fine wines. At Smashing Grapes, they bring the world to your glass. Their wine list features selections from renowned vineyards across the globe, including exclusive offerings from South Africa, Argentina, and Spain. This global approach ensures that you can enjoy a diverse range of flavors and styles.

Additionally, personalized wine selections are made based on your preferences and past experiences. Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious beginner, they have the perfect wine waiting for you.

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Meet the Dedicated Staff

Smashing Grapes boasts a team of professionals dedicated to providing an outstanding experience:

  • Ray Ellis, General Manager: Ray oversees every aspect to ensure that each guest's visit is exceptional.
  • Anthony Davis, Executive Chef: Chef Anthony creates exquisite dishes with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • Duane Rigby, Sommelier: Duane's expert wine knowledge enhances the dining experience with perfect pairings for every meal.

Experience Live Music Every Weekend

Smashing Grapes takes the dining experience to new heights with live music every Friday and Saturday from 8pm until 11pm in their bar area. Enjoy the best of local jazz, featuring a variety of performances from acoustic sets to piano and saxophone acts. This rich musical tapestry ensures that there’s something for every music lover to enjoy.

Indulge in "Vine Time"

Smashing Grapes introduces their distinctive Happy Hour, known as "Vine Time." Visitors can take advantage of special offers from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Thursday and from 9pm until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. With a wide selection of wines, cocktails, and small plates, it's the perfect opportunity to unwind and savor the moment.

Commitment to Local Sourcing

Smashing Grapes is proud to support local farmers and suppliers. Some of their wines are sourced from top vineyards in Maryland and Virginia, and their meats are provided by J.W. Treuth, based in Catonsville, Maryland. This dedication to local sourcing guarantees the freshest ingredients and flavors that celebrate the region's rich culinary heritage.

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A Menu for Every Dietary Need

Understanding the importance of catering to diverse dietary preferences, Smashing Grapes offers a "Healthy Living" menu featuring vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. Chef Anthony’s innovative dishes ensure that all guests enjoy nutritious and flavorful meals without compromising on taste.

Explore the Area

Smashing Grapes is ideally located in Columbia, making it a great starting point for exploring other attractions. After enjoying a delightful meal and music, you can:

Visit Smashing Grapes

Visit Howard County invites you to discover the exceptional experience at Smashing Grapes. Whether you're enjoying a night of live jazz, relaxing during Vine Time, or savoring a meal from their Healthy Living menu, Smashing Grapes offers something for everyone. This standout destination is perfect for creating unforgettable memories in Columbia.

We encourage both residents and visitors to explore all that Smashing Grapes has to offer. Plan your visit today and experience Columbia's new dining and entertainment scene in the Merriweather District.

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