Wine Buzz: Sacramento winery poured at Power Balance Pavilion

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

Despite the Sacramento Kings' dismal season on the court thus far, here's something local wine fans who also like sports can toast.

Selections from Rail Bridge Cellars, the urban Sacramento winery just north of downtown, are now being poured at Power Balance Pavilion.

So, if you're looking to wash that King Dog down with something besides the same ol' beer or soda, you can instead savor some sips of Rail Bridge Cellars 2007 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc or their Bordeaux blend known as Lattice. Other Rail Bridge Cellars options at the ol' basketball game include the 2009 Chardonnay Sienna and a 2007 merlot made from Napa Valley grapes.

Look for the wines at Power Balance Pavilion's wine kiosk and its Skyline Bar. The folks behind Rail Bridge Cellars, a small winery which is on track to produce about 1,400 cases of wine this year, consider this Power Balance Pavilion product placement a slam dunk.

Rail Bridge Cellars landed the deal after John Rinehart, senior vice president of business operations for Maloof Sports & Entertainment, attended an event at the winery's tasting lounge at the downtown Sacramento Elks Tower's penthouse lounge.

Power Balance Pavilion's overall food operations are run by the Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, which also runs food services at such arenas as Dallas' American Airlines Center and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"We really owe our thanks to John Rinehart," said Michael Gelber, managing partner for Rail Bridge Cellars. "And with the support of (Levy Restaurants) we were able to make it happen."

To celebrate, Rail Bridge Cellars is hosting a contest this month. Take a picture with a glass of Rail Bridge Wine at Power Balance Pavilion, tag and post on Rail Bridge Cellars' Facebook page, and you can win a tasting for eight at the Elks Tower's penthouse lounge at 11th and J streets. The view from up there, especially with a glass of vino, can't be beat.

In other Rail Bridge Cellars news, the winery recently created a house red for Grange restaurant. The Grange Reserve is a red blend of 75 percent cabernet sauvignon, with 12.5 percent merlot and 12.5 percent cabernet franc that comes in 5-gallon containers and is poured through a tap.

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