For this week’s Thirsty Thursday, AY About You Magazine talks with Kendall Case, one of the managers of ZIN Wine Bar, and daughter of owner Kevin Case and his wife Leslie Case. While Bill Smith is the general manager and sommelier, Kendall Case manages the advertisements and social media for ZIN Wine Bar.
Case mentions that her father purchased ZIN Wine Bar during the pandemic and opened after restructuring once health and safety guidelines allowed. ZIN Wine Bar is next door to Case’s family’s restaurant, Sauced.
Case mentions that one of the biggest changes to ZIN Wine Bar under new management is a new and expanded food menu. While ZIN Wine Bar had small plates before, they now have a full menu with appetizers, small plates, entrees, sides and desserts.
“We haven’t steered away from wine, but we’ve started to continue to add food,” Case says.
ZIN Wine Bar has charcuterie board style appetizer arrangements, along with seasonal crème brûlée flavors. Case mentions the possibility of doing pumpkin spice crème brûlée for this autumnal season.
“Of our food, we do table side bananas foster for dessert, which is a personal recipe of Smith. Our blackened redfish and our braised short rib are the most popular entrees,” Case says. “With every entree, you can choose your sauce. We wanted to make it a one stop shop instead of people just drinking here and going somewhere else for dinner.”
In addition to food, ZIN Wine Bar has a vast array of its namesake, from economical wines to the extravagant, such as La Crema, Prisoner and Silveroak.
Case mentions that they have a cuvee system to preserve the wine for six additional months. The cuvee system is rather uncommon, especially in Little Rock. This system is used for the most expensive wines.
ZIN Wine Bar specializes in pours, which vary between 1 oz, 3 oz, 6 oz pours to sample instead of committing to a glass. There is a bottle selection as well. The establishment also offers “wine flights”, which is a sampling of several wines that are grouped together for a discount.
“We don’t really have a definite structure on this option– it just depends on how many wines people want on a wine flight,” Case elaborates.
ZIN has brunch every Saturday from 11 AM until 2 PM, and a ladies’ night every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 PM to 6 PM. Ladies’ night includes 4 dollar house wines, a red wine, a white wine and a rosé, along with 4 dollar classic margaritas.
A big thing that ZIN Wine Bar has been highlighting is that they now have a liquor license, which allows them to have a full bar, including mixed drinks and beer.
“Having a full bar makes our establishment open to more people, especially for couples that might not agree on wine,” Case says.
Case adds that her father Kevin has decades of experience in the wine business.
“The Case family has been in the liquor industry for over 20 years– wine is my Dad’s passion,” she says.