Archive for BYOB’s


Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Wine Dinners with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by ballymote

classic-townsFor a town with a population of 15,000 and only 1.8 square miles of land, Collingswood, NJ has distinguished itself as the uncrowned Capital of BYOBs in South Jersey. Within the tiny radius of the town there are more than 20 excellent dining spots where you can bring a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. There are 16 BYOBs on Haddon Avenue alone and that’s not even mentioning Collings Avenue, home to Blackbird, which is listed among the Top 25 restaurants in ALL of New Jersey.

How do I love thee, Collingswood? Let me just name a few ways, Bistro di Marino, Casona, Il Fiore, Joe Pesce, Nunzio’s, Thai Basil, Tortilla Press, Villa Barone, Word of Mouth, well, you get the idea. We never tire of our visits to the BYOBs of Collingswood. Cherry Hill and Haddonfield may consider themselves the class towns of South Jersey, and they do have their share of fine BYOBs, and my own town of Washington Township may have a huge population (over 50,000 and growing), and a few BYOBs which do a nice job of turning out consistently good food, but for sheer choice and quality of those choices, it’s not even close.¬† Collingswood reigns supreme!


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 4, 2009 by ballymote

Welcome to my South Jersey Wine Blog. I wish I had started this blog¬†five years ago because it would by now be a wonderful, comprehensive site for all of the many fine restaurants in this area that allow one to bring their own bottle of wine. We are truly blessed in this region to have an abundance of excellent BYOB’s not just here but across the river in Philly. I am debating whether to rate each place, as I really find most of them to be very good. Additionally, somtimes it isn’t fair to rate a place based on one visit. What I really intend to do with this blog is to point out where these places are and where one can find wine stores with a selection and pricing that will be beneficial to all. If I find a restaurant to be EXCEPTIONALLY good or HORRIFICALLY bad I might point that out.

This evening my wife Kathy and I and six of our friends are dining at Oceanos, on Haddon Avenue in West Berlin. I will post later as to how we enjoyed both the wine and the food.

I am a self-confessed wine geek. I’m not totally sure how it happened but I am glad it did. As this blog progresses, I invite all of you to share my journey and hopefully a few of you may just develop a passion for the grape. It’s a lot of fun, it’s healthy and there are few places better for enjoying wine than right here in South Jersey.