Sacramento's urban wine trail taking shape

Published: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3D
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 - 8:02 am

Sacramento's central city might be a kind of concrete jungle devoid of vineyards, but plans for an urban wine trail through downtown and midtown continue to form.

Wine Buzz first reported on this development in October, and a gathering of urban wine entrepreneurs met last week for their first formal talks to develop this idea.

Among those meeting included representatives from Rail Bridge Cellars, Revolution Wines, Twisted Twig and two newcomers to Sacramento's urban wine scene: Ficklin-Wilcox and Downtown & Vine on the K Street mall.

Plans for this potential urban wine trail are still in the works. A name has yet to be chosen and this urban wine consortium is basically brainstorming ideas. By summer, it's hoped the wine trail will be fully mapped.

"Something is in the works," said Joe Genshlea Jr., the co-owner of Revolution Wines. "There's only been one meeting but there's good synergy. We're just tossing around ideas at this point."

With five tasting rooms now running in the central city, owners are looking to cross-promote one another and better define downtown and midtown as a wine-tasting destination. The conversations are focused on wine-tasting rooms instead of retailers, though such wine bars as 58 Degrees and Holding Co. and the Grand on L Street may be included in the future.

"We're definitely thinking of some kind of wine trail or 'passport' for participating wineries," Genshlea said. "We all agreed this is something that we need to do. Now, it's about how to structure it so everyone's happy."

Book signing

If you enjoy a fine glass of wine, chances are you probably appreciate a quality olive oil as well. Take a trip on June 8 to Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail, Placerville, where sommelier and author Orietta Gianjorio will sign her latest book "Coratina: A Little Lost Olive on a Journey of Discovery."

Gianjorio's children's book promotes healthy eating and fun olive oil education. She'll also sign copies of her "The Ultimate Guide to Olive Oil Tasting" starting at 1 p.m.

For more information: (530) 647-8505, www.mirafloreswinery. com.

Call The Bee's Chris Macias (916) 321-1253. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias.

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