Winter may be the cycle of dormancy in nature, but at 1810 Country Inn and Winery, it's the time of new beginnings. This month, the restaurant begins new winter hours and a newly incorporated menu.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for lunch. The lunch menu features gourmet soups, salads and sandwiches. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant will extend its hours from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., keeping the same lunch menu and including dinner entrees such as Scaloppine of Pork Napoleon, Southern Fried Chicken and Marinated Bone-In Rib Eye Steak. Appetizers such as fried green tomatoes and barbecue spring rolls and desserts such as crème brulee, flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake complete the menu. Prices range from $5 to $20.
"We just want people to know we're here and they can come out and enjoy a glass of wine and have a bite to eat," said Thomas DeRosset, overseer.
1810, located at 254 North Seymour Drive just off of Washington Road in Thomson at the I-20 interchange, is a 66-acre historic plantation featuring an 18-acre vineyard, nine-room bed and breakfast inn, restaurant, gift shop, and winery with tours and a tasting bar.
New hours for the winery tasting bar are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and 11a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
In February, the winery will introduce a wine club called "Swirl." Swirl members are entitled to quarterly shipments of wine from 1810 and other wineries in Georgia, discounts on wine classes, a newsletter, and preferred seating to tasting events.
"We're just trying to focus on the wine right now. The food is going to be geared more towards pairings for the wine; it's more of a wine atmosphere," Mr. DeRosset said.
A new beginning in March is a wine class taught by chief winemaker Kent Smith. The six-week class costs $300 and will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 7. Mr. Smith said the class will cover wine making, viticulture, wine regions, reading labels, pairing with food, sensory evaluations and wine tasting.
"It's covering the basics for those wanting to learn more about wine and feel more comfortable ordering wine in restaurants," Mr. Smith said.
For more information, call 1810 at 595-8311.