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About Us

Dimly lit with chandeliers, rich blue walls, and a textured antique tin ceiling with prohibition-era artwork, The Wine Bar is one of Oxford's finest Bar & Restaurants. The white marble bar pops against a background of dark polished wood, and mirror-backed glass shelves lined with hundreds of whiskeys, wines, and exceptional stemware decorate the south wall. Unlike many places on the square, The Wine Bar was not designed to hold hundreds of people at capacity. Seating only a modest 65 people in the dining room and 10 at the bar, we maintain the “best kept secret” vibe by sending forth an inviting, but exclusive feel.

The concept for The Wine Bar came from the owner, Dr. J. Lee Valentine, his wife, Helen of Meridian, MS, and their three children (Nelson Valentine of New York, NY; Patton Valentine of Los Angeles, CA; and Mary Lela Vonder Haar of Jackson, MS) and their love of wine and food from their travels around the globe. Little wine bars here and there inspired them to bring something like this to Oxford, a town they all know and love because of their involvement with the University.

Cuisine at The Wine Bar is an eclectic improvisation of seasonal ingredients from local farms and inspiration that comes on a whim. From pork chops raised 40 miles away and foie gras terrines to chicken 'n waffles and fried bologna muffalettas, we really cover a full spectrum of foodie delight. The farm to table concept is a no-brainer. We grow amazing crops and livestock here in the south, and to be able to utilize fresh, natural, locally grown produce, or free-range, humanely farmed pork is not just an option, but a gift! Agriculture is such a way of life here, and we embrace that, and hope to help sustain it, as it is so much of who we are.

General Manager Erika Lipe started cooking in nearby Batesville at age 13 in her mother's coffee shop and lunch bistro. She then went on to train in New Orleans and Oxford before moving to the Golden Isles area, off the coast of Georgia, and was later called home again to Mississippi, all in the spirit of food and travel. Erika brings her love of fine cuisine and whiskey to the table with a passion for southern hospitality.

Chef John Burge began cooking at 12 years old, as his mother was an excellent cook, and inspired him. He attended culinary school at Napa Valley Cooking School and upon graduating, worked as a wine educator at Duckhorn Vineyards and Robert Sinskey Vineyards. His talents have been lent from Yellowstone National Park to Napa Valley, Nashville, Birmingham, and coastal North Carolina.

The dining experience at the wine bar can absolutely be the ultimate: 5 courses, paired independently with different wines, customized to suit you, in your own plush booth in a back corner, free from a care in the world. Alternately, we are also available for a quick snack and a glass of wine as you pass through the square going to or from whatever it might be that warrants a wine break.

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