Charcuterie Plate
Chorizo Rioja (Spain)
Cinghiale (Italy)
Bresaola (Italy)

Cheese Plate
Paški Sir (Pag Island, Croatia)
Morbier (Savoie, France)
Gorgonzola Dolce Latte (Lombardia, Italy)

Burrata & Prosciutto
Pillowy-soft burrata cheese served with prosciutto San Daniele

Squid in Ink (La Brújula, Spain)
Tender baby squid in natural squid ink sauce

Razor Clams (La Brújula, Spain)
Slender, firm and rich in flavor, served in clam juice brine

Marinated Boquerones
Fresh white anchovy fillets soaked in vinegar, olive oil & garlic

Castelvetrano Olives
Large bright greenolives with a crunchy bite and mild flavor

Papitas, Mani & Marcona Almonds
Classic thin-cut potato chips, peanuts and Marcona almonds

We happily offer gift cards and retail wine for sale. 20% gratuity is charged to parties of 6 or more.

Wines by The Glass








Dessert Wines

Wines by The Bottle


Bar Brunello is a casually elegant wine bar in downtown Durham serving a diverse selection of wines, charcuterie and cheese plates.

Esteban Brunello, Owner/Wine Director

Buenos Aires native Esteban Brunello brings more than 15 years of restaurant experience to his new venture Bar Brunello. His career began in San Francisco where he started out as a busser and worked his way up the restaurant ranks as a food runner, server, bartender, manager, sommelier, and wine director. Esteban has been fortunate to work for several prominent wine-focused restaurants in the Bay Area including: SPQR, Oliveto, Farina, and The Barrel Room. In 2013, he received a “Rising Star Sommelier Award” from the New York-based culinary magazine StarChefs. Esteban has trained with the International Sommelier Guild and holds the title “Italian Wine Specialist” through the North American Sommelier Association and the Associazione Italiana Sommelier.

Esteban and his family moved to Durham in 2015 and immediately felt at home in the Bull City. With a love of pork products, barbeque, rambling conversations, and laidback living, North Carolina and Argentina are a bit of kindred souls. Esteban is excited to bring a diverse wine program to Bar Brunello, which highlights old world wines as well as lesser-known regions and varietals. That said, he is a no-fuss kind of wine guy who believes that, above all else, wine drinking is about having fun and being with friends. His true passion is guiding guests to find new and unexpected wines that they love to drink.

Wine Classes

2018 Durham Wine Tasting Series

The second annual Durham Wine Tasting Series is a collection of monthly wine tasting classes hosted by Bar Brunello. The classes are informative yet relaxed and are open to guests with varying levels of knowledge, from the novice wine drinker to the seasoned taster. Classes are lead by owner and wine director, Esteban Brunello, who guides guests through the wine tasting process. Guests will learn how to identify different wine notes, discover techniques of the winemaking process, and receive recommendations for food pairings.

Women Winemakers
Saturday, March 10th @ 4:00pm

Our first class of 2018 celebrates International Women’s Day and women winemakers! These outstanding women are leading the industry in producing high-quality, complex wines, while also working to guide new generations of women winemakers in honing their craft. Cheers to that! 

Orange Wine. Yes, Orange.
Saturday, April 14th @ 4:00pm

Orange wine is our specialty at Bar Brunello. In fact, our wine list boasts the largest selection of Orange wines in the world! Orange wine is a unique style of winemaking that’s becoming increasingly popular with American wine drinkers. In this class guests will taste a selection of incredible wines that exhibit a range of notes and flavors specific to Orange wine.

Wines of South America
Monday, April 23rd @ 6:30pm

South America is a well-known and beloved wine region. In this class, guests will explore the depth and breath of the continent’s exceptional wines while tasting from producers in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil.
Everything’s Coming Up Rosé
Saturday, May 12th @ 4:00pm

If you love rosé wine then this is the class for you. Though often considered best for drinking in the spring and summertime, rosés are versatile enough to drink all year long. In this class, guests will taste a broad range of rosés varying in hue and flavor profile.
Eastern European Wine 101
Saturday, June 9th @ 4:00pm

The countries of Eastern Europe produce some of the most outstanding wines in the world. In this class, guests will learn about the diversity of Eastern European winemaking procedures while tastings from several well-known wine producing countries such as Croatia, Slovenia, Hungry, Greece, and Macedonia.
Eastern European Wine 102
Monday, June 18th @ 6:30pm

The countries of Eastern Europe produce some of the most outstanding wines in the world. In this class, guests will learn about the diversity of Eastern European winemaking procedures while tastings from several of the more up-and-coming wine producing countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, The Czech Republic, Albania and Slovakia.
Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina
Saturday, July 21st @ 4:00pm

Expecting Malbec? Think again. Owner and Wine Director Esteban Brunello was born and raised in Argentina and he is excited to share some of the other noteworthy varietals that shine in his homeland including Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and an unexpected white varietal.
Exploring Southwest France
Saturday, August 11th @ 4:00pm

Southwest France is one of the most amazing wine producing regions of France – and the world. Wines from this region tend to have higher alcohol content, but also provide a rustic, intense, and earthy feel on the palate. Guests will taste from several areas within this region including Fronton, Marcillac, Madiran, Gaillac and Jurançon.
Brunello di Montalcino
Saturday, September 8th @ 4pm

This class marks the two-year anniversary of Bar Brunello and we’re celebrating by pouring one of our all-time favorite wines: Brunello di Montalcino. Known throughout the world as one of the most expensive and finely crafted varietals, this class will include tasting selections from the best expression of Sangiovese Grosso. Most acclaimed for it’s structure, complexity, and texture this is a wine you must taste to believe.
The Many Faces of Nebbiolo
Saturday, October 6th @ 4:00pm

Nebbiolo is an amazing grape varietal from Italy known the world over by many names: Picotendro, Prunent, Spanna, and Chiavennasca. In this class, guests will taste different expressions of this grape varietal while comparing the similarities and differences between each pour.
Raw Wine
Saturday, November 3rd @ 4:00pm

Raw wine is emerging as a force in the wine world and it is arguably one of the most well-crafted and consciously produced products in today’s wine market. Raw wine, also referred to as natural wine, is a process and philosophy of winemaking that involves organic and biodynamic agricultural practices with minimal interventions. These wines are artisanal products made without additives and they are vibrant, intense, complex and alive!
‘Tis the Season for Sparkling
Saturday, December 8th @ 4:00pm

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a sparkling wine tasting! In this class, guests will sample a broad range of styles from floral sparkling rosé, to bright Italian sparkling, to complex Champagne.