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Wine Buzz: Sacramento's Downtown & Vine opens

Published: December 12th, 2012 12:00 AM

Back in August, we mentioned a new wine tasting room coming to downtown Sacramento at 12th and K streets. Downtown & Vine was originally set to open in October, but hey, food and beverage establishments rarely open according to schedule – especially when the red tape of securing liquor licenses is involved.

The stemware and wine service is finally ready to go, with Downtown & Vine opening for business on Nov. 30. For now, they're pouring only wines from the Sierra Foothills, including Shadow Ranch, Fiddletown Cellars, Dillian and the house of sangiovese known as Vino Noceto. Once Downtown & Vine gets more licenses cleared, they'll also be pouring wines from Napa and Sonoma producers.

For now, co-owner Gregg Lamer's getting the word out that Downtown & Vine is ready for thirsty customers. Cheese plates and other small plates are also available.

"We're open, and it's beautiful," said Lamer. "We quietly opened during a rain storm and (later that weekend) a lot of marathoners came by. We're slowly getting there."

Look for about 12 wines by the glass, and an additional 12 available by the bottle. Downtown & Vine is open daily from noon to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 9 p.m. For more information: (916) 228-4518,

Winters winery expands

Speaking of new tasting rooms, Berryessa Gap Vineyards of Yolo County recently unveiled its re-modeled tasting room. Located in downtown Winters, this new tasting room is double the size of its former digs and features expanded hours, too.

The tasting room is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. Look for it at 15 Main St. in downtown Winters.

Berryessa Gap also offers wine tasting at its physical winery at 27260 Highway 128 in Winters. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and by appointment.

For more information: (530) 795-3201,