I think the first time we went to The Earle in Ann Arbor was after wandering around one of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. The Earle is located on a side street off the main drag and is located in the basement of a building. It is bit of an institution in Ann Arbor and a fun place to go to.
The restaurant specializes in French and Italian Country dishes and every thing smelled wonderful. The first time we were both there we sat in the bar area and just ordered several appetizers to nibble on, while we enjoyed a bottle of wine, while we rested our feet after a day of looking at assorted arts and handicrafts.
The Earle will be revisited here at another time, when I discuss one of the dinners we enjoyed there, and there will be another time when I will discuss the short lived, but much loved by us, at least The Earle Uptown that was located in the Bell Tower Hotel just off the campus. As you can see, we have spent several wonderful evenings in this establishment.
This night after the Art Fair with an all appetizer dinner, we enjoyed an Italian Merlot wine from Piave by Della Scala. It was a good bottle to enjoy as we were just enjoying a day of togetherness with nothing else on the schedule. This Merlot wine had a slightly different interpretation of the grape from the French or the Americans, so it was a nice change of pace, and of course another great memory with my Bride.