March 17, 2009
Eureka and Vine is back to wine

The Eureka and Vine wine bar in Rocklin was silent for three months after its original owners shut down the business. But it's back to pouring and sipping at Eureka and Vine (6040 Stanford Ranch Rd, Suite 200, Rocklin) with new ownership. The wine bar's been getting up to speed with a soft launch that started in February, but will be hosting a grand re-opening soiree on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature tastes from Casque Wines, an award-winning winery based in nearby Loomis. The cost is three tastes for $5. Music, food and raffle prizes will also be included at the party.

Eureka and Vine currently carries more than two dozen wines, with an emphasis on vino from northern California. Look for selections from boutique producers based in the Sierra Foothills, Napa and other nearby locales.

"It's the stuff you wouldn't normally see at BevMo or Total Wine," says Jordy Drake, the new co-owner of Eureka and Vine.

But given the current economy, is he confident that people are ready to spend money on some wine bar sipping?

"This is either the smartest thing I've ever done or the dumbest," says Drake, with a chuckle. "But I think it allows people to have a smaller venue to go and tastes wines. People are always interested in wine, and if we can bring it closer to them, it's a plus."

Hours are Tuesday - Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday - Saturday from 4 p.m to 10 p.m. For more information: (916) 789-8700.

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