The Twisted Vine is adding lively fun to Pinckneyville's town square with a combo of owner Leigh Blackorby's favorite things: music, wine, and outdoor venues. They opened for business in June 2017, much to the delight of area residents. Some of the locals felt that the town square was slowly fading, and the Twisted Vine adds a much-needed infusion of vitality. "We have been overwhelmed with kindness by the residents of Pinckneyville and the customers at the Twisted Vine. People have been welcoming and supportive of the new business," said Blackorby.
The idea for The Twisted Vine began when Blackorby noticed a need for entertainment options when she first started visiting Pinckneyville a few years ago. Blackorby was in the process of changing careers, so she decided to go for it, and asked the owners of the building if they would sell it to her. They said yes, and she began the planning and remodeling process. The building has been many things in the past, including an eye doctor and a computer repair store, so it needed renovations before the business could open.
The atmosphere of the wine bar is very friendly, with seating inside and outside on the large patio. The patio is especially popular in warmer months, and visitors can hear live music from local musicians at least once per weekend. Blackorby thinks that Southern Illinois has a treasure trove of good musicians. "I like it here a lot," said Blackorby, "The musical talent rivals much larger places. The music is definitely the best-kept secret of Southern Illinois." She chooses different genres of music for The Twisted Vine so there is something for everyone. The Twisted Vine has also hosted block parties in the square, blocking off the street for music and wine, and has plans to continue them in the future.
The Twisted Vine offers a wide assortment of wines from around the world, as well as domestic and craft beers available by the bottle, and mixed drinks offered as of Jan. 1. Blackorby brought in a wine from Jerseyville, her hometown in Central Illinois, as well as local Southern Illinois wines. The wine slushies and sangria are a hit and help keep customers cool during hot summer months. They do not currently serve food, but have a small selection of snacks for sale, and allow customers to bring food with them. There are plans for expanding the food offerings in the future.