Where City and Wine Country Intersect


Downtown & Vine, the spacious multiwinery tasting room that opened in early December, is one of the latest eat-and-drink destinations to call downtown’s slowly evolving K Street home.

The tasting room at 1200 K St. (formerly Blade Barber and Spa) is set up to pour three core wines from a dozen wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Amador and El Dorado counties—including Iron Horse Vineyards, Round Pond Estate, Neyers Vineyards, Vino Noceto Winery and Fiddletown Cellars. Sixty-four additional single-vineyard and specialty wines are available for purchase by the bottle.

Gregg Lamer, who co-owns Downtown & Vine with Kate Chomko, explains that the tasting room format “allows us to tell specific stories about the wines” because they work directly with winery owners rather than distributors.

“Everything that you can do at the winery you can do here,” says Lamer, including shipping wines and participating in wine education programs.

While not a wine bar per se, Downtown & Vine offers small plates to nosh on, including wine-pairing naturals like salumi, hummus, Barcelona shrimp and artisanal cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery. Between the tasting bar, patio, semiprivate communal table and private room, the space has nearly 100 seats.

“You can make it what you like,” says Lamer. “You can stop by for a glass after work or have a flight before you go to dinner or a show.”

Despite the city’s long struggle to re-establish a vigorous retail presence and nightlife scene along K Street, Lamer says that locating downtown was a no-brainer.

“We are so excited to become part of Sacramento,” says Lamer. “I live in the foothills and my partner, Kate, lives in Napa, so this is right in the middle for us. We’re both excited to be part of an urban lifestyle. We couldn’t be happier with the location. We’re hoping everybody loves it.”