August 3, 2007
On Eve of Crush, Winemakers Party

On the eve of the start of the 2007 northern California wine-grape harvest, Jason Fernandez and Joe Genshlea Jr. kicked back in their new Sacramento winery for a grand-opening party last night.

They're still awaiting delivery of some fermentation tanks, but the press is in and stacks of barrels are in place. And their winery - Revolution Wines - may be the only one in the state to feature the electric art of Lynn Malmberg (shameless plug).

Fernandez and Genshlea expect their first grapes - pinot grigio - to start rolling in late this month. When they do, the first crush of grapes at a commercial winery within Sacramento probably since the repeal of Prohibition will be under way.

In the meantime, they're pouring at their tasting counter wines they made elsewhere. The lineup includes a serviceable 2005 Clarksburg pinot grigio ($14), a 2005 Amador County zinfandel so jammy with mixed-berry fruit it also could say Smucker's on the label ($20), and a signature 2005 blend of montepulciano, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon called "Renzo," both juicy and supple ($19).

The winery and tasting room, behind 2114 P St. in midtown, is open 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

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