The queries come to “Wine Buzz’s” email each January: Where’s a good place to grab a bite and pop a bottle with a client during the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium?
The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium kicked off Tuesday and runs through Thursday at the Sacramento Convention Center (as well as the Hyatt Regency and Sheraton hotels). Essentially a wine-industry think tank, it features a massive trade expo and hosted workshops.
Unified ranks as the largest convention hosted annually in Sacramento, drawing more than 13,000 attendees over its three-day run. That translates into more than 2,000 hotel rooms being booked – and of course, plenty of visitors in need of food and a place to pull a cork.
Many central city restaurants see business double during Unified’s run, and if you haven’t yet scored a reservation at some of Sacramento’s wine-friendly restaurants – especially those near the Convention Center – well, good luck. Scott Smith, manager of midtown’s Biba Restaurant, wrote in to caution that tables will be hard to come by and civilians should aim to make reservations for Friday (i.e., when Unified 2014 is already in the books).
But if you’re attending Unified and still need a wine-friendly dinner spot, give these a try: