New in Windham: Ze Windham Wine Bar, Serving Vino and Light Bites

An 1824 building in downtown Windham damaged during Tropical Storm Irene is poised for a full comeback this week.

The Ze Windham Wine Bar debuts tomorrow in the nearly 200-year-old house that sits just behind the post office, set back from Route 23. Proprietor Cordelia Schreiber, who was born and raised in the Greene County ski town, partnered with her parents to open the new business.

“Windham has tons of great restaurants, and there are lots of good breweries nearby, but we needed a place to sip a glass of wine and enjoy a light bite,” Schreiber said. “Windham didn’t have that.”

The Schreiber family spent two years refurbishing the building, which previously housed the Windham Spa, run by Cordelia’s sister, Antonia. The spa was severely flooded during the 2011 storm; it subsequently relocated and reopened across town.

The 22-seat wine bar will enter “soft-launch” mode tomorrow at noon, with a more formal grand opening planned for Columbus Day weekend Oct. 10-11, during Windham’s Autumn Affair festival.

The beverage menu encompasses a wide selection of wines, which will be offered by the glass and bottle, as well as a few bottled beers and specialty coffee and tea.

“We’ll have everything from New York State to California, and of course Europe,” said Schreiber, whose mother and father hail from Sweden and Germany, respectively.

The food menu includes snacks such as cheese and charcuterie plates and a variety of dips and spreads ($9-$18), as well as a selection of pastries and desserts.

Ze Windham Wine Bar is the second wine-tasting venue to open in Greene County’s mountaintop region in recent weeks. Hudson-Chatham Winery opened a Tannersville tasting room in July.

Find Ze Windham Wine Bar at 5369 Route 23 in Windham starting Tuesday, Sept. 22. Regular hours are Tuesday through Thursday 3 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 1 a.m. and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. It will be closed on Oct. 2 for a private event.

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