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Dining News: Now Open - Downtown & Vine Wine Bar at 11th & K

Downtown & Vine, a new multi-winery tasting room located on K St. across from the IMAX Theater, opened on Friday, reports Karen Wilkinson in Sac Press.

The upscale urban wine tasting room – located at 1200 K Street – opened its doors Friday afternoon after months of preparation. Its owners, Gregg Lamer and Kate Chomco, are both wine educators with hospitality backgrounds and are hoping to bolster the Sacramento area wine scene.

Chomco lives in Napa while Lamer resides in Amador, so Sacramento was a natural half-way point to open a business.

"We love the wine industry," Chomco said. "And this is the center of the wine region in California."

The feature a winery that I had and loved at One Speed on Friday evening -- Vino Noceto -- along with 10 others.

Read the entire story in Sac Press.

Photo via Sac Bee restaurant critic, @BlaRob's artfully-done tweet. Credit to him for being the first person in my Twitter feed to note the bar's opening.

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