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What is it like to be a colorblind chef?

Chef Benjamin Meyer, of the Westside Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant, likes to theme his rotating chef’s specials by color—a yellow pepper bisque and a yellow watermelon salad, or a zucchini stuffed with green rice. The premise sounds a little gimmicky until you learn that for Meyer, these dishes represent a challenge. The chef is colorblind.

Barcelona Wine Bar’s VinoTeca is a Spanish wine destination

Narrow tables display wines grouped into themes like “great wines under $12,” “biodynamic wines,” and—our personal favorite—“costs like $20, drinks like $50.”

Why you should try sipping vermouth

Katie Rice, of Inman Park's Barcelona Wine Bar, wants you to fall in love with vermouth. Yes, that vermouth—the stuff we splash into our martinis, Negronis, and Manhattans

High on the Vine: Falling for Spain at Barcelona Wine Bar

When Katie Rice, now the beverage director at Barcelona Wine Bar, moved from Ohio to Atlanta back in 2001, she barely landed her first job at Roswell’s Van Gogh, now VG Bistro.“One of the interview questions was to name four grape varietals,” she recounts. “Merlot? White Zinfindel? Literally, I knew nothing.”

New chef, menu, philosophy at Barcelona Wine Bar

One month ago Eyhab “Happy” Hatab quietly took over the executive chef position vacated by Shane Devereux at Barcelona Wine Bar in Inman Park. In a short time period, Hatab has since changed the restaurant’s menu, as well as its approach to cooking.

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul loves us!!!!!

Life right now is kind of like a countdown to the premiere of the final season of "Breaking Bad" on August 11. But some Atlantans haven't had to wait that long for a glimpse of Aaron Paul (who plays the show's meth-addled but loveable Jesse Pinkman), who's been in town filming a movie about fast cars called "Need for Speed."

Barcelona Wine Bar

We’re not kidding ourselves. We know the runaway success of this Inman Park outpost of a small, Connecticut-based operation is due more to the sexy rustic-chic decor and menu of fun tapas than to the amazing, eclectic wine list with more than 250 selections.

Barcelona Wine Bar

"Hello, and welcome to Cougar Town," a friend said as we jostled through the crowd at Barcelona Wine Bar. She was eyeing a table of six preternaturally blond girlfriends, clinking sloshy glasses of red wine and shrieking "Happy Birthday" to one of their pack. Scores of other coiffed, forty-something women prowled the central bar, their spiky heels on the wooden floors adding snare-drum rim shots to the growing din of voices.

Q&A with Barcelona Wine Bar’s Sasa Mahr-Batuz

ATL Food Chatter: December 20, 2011(To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter)Sasa (pronounced sa-sha) Mahr-Batuz is the creative mind behind the 16-year-old, Connecticut-based Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant group, which he co-founded with restaurant veteran Andy Pforzheimer. Their first location in the Southeast, on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park, has created much buzz in Atlanta’s dining scene with its Spanish themed tapas, outside-the-box wine program, and rustic-chic energy.

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