In our admiration of drinking wine, we stumbled across an unpretentious and cool wine bar in downtown San Jose called Vino Vino. It is located in the new San Pedro Square Market, which opened to the public in October 2011 in former and abandoned buildings on the corner of N San Pedro St and W St. John.
The wine bar has great food and cheese plates versus more expensive wine bars I have been too. They serve a variety of wines that come from local vineyards such as Livermore, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the Santa Cruz Mountains. In addition to great wine they also have delicious sandwiches made with bread from a local bakery. They layer the great tasting bread with unique blends of artisan cheeses, herbs, fantastic meats and unique dressings such as basil and pesto. To top it off you can end the night with their fantastic cheesecake, which is to die for.
The ambience is cool and low key. There is a bar; two tables in each corner and two long concrete counters that hold about 8 people each. Additionally there is some out door seating and a standing bar, which is wonderful with the nice summer weather, we have been having.
If you want great wine, fantastic foods, and good company at a reasonable price, check out Vino Vino in downtown San Jose. It is one of our favorite hangouts after work or before going to a show or game at the HP Arena.
Check out this CBS Eye on the Bay video talking about San Pedro Square Market and Vino Vino: http://vinovinosj.com/news