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Fill up the growler: Shop slated for midtown wants to bring you wine ‘milkman style’

Acheson Wine Co.’s production facility is based in Lodi. Most grapes come from around the Central Valley, plus a few from Napa and Sonoma counties.
Acheson Wine Co.’s production facility is based in Lodi. Most grapes come from around the Central Valley, plus a few from Napa and Sonoma counties. Steve Burch

A new midtown Sacramento shop planned for this summer will sell wine by the glass, bottle and one-liter growler. But don’t call it a wine bar: With just 500 square feet for storage and retail, there won’t be any chairs, tables or food.

Lodi-based Acheson Wine Co.’s “wine retail room” will be on the ground floor of Q19, the luxury apartment project, said winemaker and Sacramento resident Steve Burch. The building, which opened in October, recently sold to a Bay Area-based commercial real estate group for $26.8 million, the Sacramento Business Journal reported.

Acheson, which is owned by Burch and business partner Brian Scott, will initially sell refillable growlers and individual bottles out of the store at 1901 Q St. around the first week of July. The plan is to eventually organize a “milkman style” bottle delivery/pick-up system, washing and reusing bottles at the home base, Burch said.

Most bottles of Acheson wines will be about $11-$13, Burch said, and the retail room will sell a rotating list of others by Burch and Scott’s winemaker friends.

“We want this to be affordable, the kind of wine you can drink every day,” Burch said.

Burch first met Scott while working at now-closed Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar and studying viticulture at UC Davis. They linked up to start Acheson in Lodi in 2015 selling wines wholesale in New York, where Scott lived, with grapes from Central Valley plus a few varieties from Sonoma and Napa counties. But with middling results and Scott eager to get back to Northern California, the partners began looking for retail space in the Sacramento area, Burch said.

Burch owned and ran Burch Hall Winery in Grass Valley for six years until 2009, when the Great Recession’s economic pressures put the winery out of business.

Acheson’s winemakers have already kegged a cabernet, a zinfandel, a rosé and a sauvignon blanc, with a chardonnay soon to come. The winery is named for Scott’s great-grandmother, Albeth Claire Acheson, who “enjoyed a glass of grape daily at her home in Sacramento” until her 2015 death, according to the winery’s website.

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