The Happiest Hour
Smash Wine Bar & Bistro
Description: Smash is a wine bar and eatery that occupies the ground-level retail space of a residential building in Wallingford.
Let's play a game!: Each of the next three sections has three wine-tasting terms actually used by sommeliers and one fictional term. Can you spot the fake?
Wine-flavor nuances: Buttery, salami sandwich, bubble gum, concrete.
Spoiled-wine characteristics: Thrift-store wig, Band-Aids, sweaty saddle, kerosene.
Wine-body descriptors: Angular, chewy, nervous, pointy.
Phony answers: Salami sandwich, thrift-store wig, pointy.
Happy hours: Mon–Fri 5–6:30 pm, Sun 5–10 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $3.75 bottles of beer, an assortment of $5.95 treats (such as select wine, sangria, and well drinks), and $6 specialty martinis (like the Chocolate Manhattan).
Happy-hour food specials: $5.95 duck and shiitake spring rolls, $8.95 smoked-mozzarella ravioli with pink vodka tomato sauce, and more.