Last week, "Wine Buzz" shared the scoop on Caverna Fifty-Seven, an east Sacramento wine-storage facility with reasonable rents.
Turns out there's some competition nearby.
East Sac Self Storage, at 33rd and S streets, offers temperature-controlled wine storage with 24/7 access as well. The facility also includes space for household stuff, and for those with wine housed, the temperature is kept at 54 degrees (a little on the cool side for wine) and humidity between 60 percent and 70 percent.
East Sac Self Storage opened six weeks ago, with rents for 12 cases of wine running $50 per month, and $65 for 16 cases. Larger units that can store 300 cases of wine start at $275 per month.
At Caverna Fifty-Seven, 10-case wine lockers cost $39 a month, $59 for a 16-case space and $159 for 64 cases. Both of these new wine-storage options are cheaper than midtown's 58 Degrees and Holding Co., which charges $100 a month for an eight- to 15-case space, $150 for 16 cases or more.
Another plus for East Sac Storage: The facility offers loading docks for large shipments of wine.
"Mine is a more simple type storage, but what we're offering are some sizes that are more equipped for restaurants and merchants," said Tim Taylor, owner of East Sac Self Storage.
Once again, such wine-storage spaces are geared for collectors who've either outgrown space at home or want to lay down bottles for long-term aging. Otherwise, a wine refrigerator for the home will work well to keep smaller stashes in proper condition and aging gracefully.
For more info. about East Sac Self Storage: (916) 451-0101, http://eastsacselfstorage. com.
Sippin' in El Dorado: Did you see the big spread on the Sierra foothills wine country in the recent issue of Wine Enthusiast? Well, here's a good opportunity to taste some of the Rhône varietals and other wine styles that have led to plenty of press coverage for El Dorado County in the past year.
El Dorado Wines' Passport weekends are coming up April 14-15 and 21-22, with 32 wineries offering tastings and more. Participants include Skinner Vineyards and Winery, a personal favorite of "Wine Buzz," Holly's Hill and Mount Aukum.
Tickets cost $70 per weekend. Information: (800) 306-3956, www.eldoradowines.org.