There’s a whole lotta grapes going in Sacramento on Saturday.
SaveMart Grape Escape returns to Cesar Chavez Plaza, from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring 200 Northern California wines and some of Sacramento’s best restaurants and star chefs.
And as a pre-func wine opp, local wines (and beers) will be sampled and discussed by local winemakers, food journalists and historians at Grow, Cook Savor, an event at the Sacramento Central Library — just across the street from Grape Escape — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Want to keep the wine and food flowing after Grape Escape and Grow, Cook, Savor? Here’s a guide to urban wineries and tasting rooms in downtown, Midtown and Old Sacramento.
Rail Bridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge at Elks Tower
921 11th St.
Located on the 13th and 14th floors of an historic Italian Renaissance-style building, Sacramento’s first urban winery, now 9 years old, offers sweeping views of downtown Sacramento and beyond — along with Northern California and Central California Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that Rail Bridge makes just a few blocks north of downtown. Open only on Saturdays, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Other days and times by appointment. Tasting fee is $10. Nibbles include nuts, cheese, crackers and flatbreads. On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, Rail Bridge hosts intimate music performances. Downtown & Vine
1200 K St. #8
A tasting room and retail shop for wineries in nearby Amador County as well as wineries from Napa and Sonoma, Downtown & Vine pours 36 wines by the glass, plus flights. Wine-friendly food includes grilled cheese sandwiches; cured-meat sandwiches; and cheese and charcuterie plates. Sip and nibble inside or on the tree-canopied patio. Not only does Downtown & Vine offer wines from nearby Amador County, it also serves baked goods from that region’s best bakery. Try a slice of Andrae Bakery’s cream-filled, walnut-topped Basque pound cake, perhaps with a glass of Vino Noceto “Frivilo” Moscato from nearby Plymouth.
The Grand Wine Bar
1600 L St.
About the size of a well-heeled person’s wine closet, The Grand is a tiny bar that offers a world of wines. The intimate interior space is cut from the corner of a parking garage on a busy intersection near the state Capitol. The small patio is perfect for people-watching. Open Mondays-Saturdays 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
1801 L St., Suite 40
Newly opened, The Rind is an intimate cheese bar that pairs its food with wine and beer. Nineteen California and European wines, with more than half the list available by the glass. The food menu includes cheese plates, grilled cheese sandwiches and mac and cheese.
58 Degrees & Holding
1217 18th St.
58 Degrees is a wine bar, wine restaurant, wine shop and wine storage venue, all in a warm, intimate atmosphere. California, French, Italian and Spanish wines in 3- or 6-ounce pours. Locally-focused bistro menu served in small-plates and entrée-sized portions.
920 20th St. #150
Ficklin-Wilcox is a brand-new tasting room and kitchen store from America’s oldest port maker, family-owned Ficklin Vineyards of Madera. Ficklin has its own on-vineyard tasting room 150 miles to the south of Sacramento but it has made America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital its port of call for tourists and local foodies alike. In the heart of Sacramento’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood, Ficklin-Wilcox pours and sells its estate-grown Portuguese varietal ports and its red and white Iberian wines. The store also sells imported cookware, linen and kitchen gadgets. Watch for wine-pairing classes, wine-making classes and cooking demos.
2831 S St.
A fruity Chenin blanc, a balanced Syrah and a food-friendly zinfandel are among the local varietals that winemaker Craig Haarmeyer produces at his 7-year-old urban winery, tasting bar and bistro. Whether you order an impressive cheese plate, a sensational salad or a regularly changing seasonal entree, Revolution pairs only its wines with its lunches and dinners. Enjoy an up-close-but-don’t-touch view of the winemaking. An award-winning port on the patio’s irresistible.
The Underground Tasting Room
900 2nd St.
Located in a sunken courtyard on Old Sacramento’s original street level, The Underground Tasting Room hosts two local wineries — Fenton Herriott Vineyards of Placerville and Twisted Twig, an ultra-premium winery in the Sierra Foothills. Wines by the glass, flights or bottles.
1112 2nd St.
Sacramento’s oldest fine-dining restaurant cellars more than 20,000 bottles of wine, encompassing 2,400 individual labels, including rare and prized pours. For a casual introduction, try The Firehouse’s Tuesday afternoon tastings for $10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Throughout June, themes are Southern Italian wines, vintage Cabernets and Washington and Oregon wines.
Sacramento Regional Wine Guide
Looking for local wineries and tasting rooms beyond downtown, Midtown and Old Sacramento? The Sacramento Regional Wine Guide helps you discover Delta, Gold Country and Sierra Foothills wine destinations.