April 24, 2012
Davis' Rominger West Winery to close

Here's what could be a final toast to Rominger West, a winery on Second Street in Davis. Unless a buyer is found soon, this winery that showcases Yolo County grapes will close. Tastings and live music events are scheduled through April 28, but soon after that, Rominger West will close.

"We don't have a specific date, but it's coming quickly," said Mark West, head winemaker.

Rominger West started making wine in 2004 and opened its Second Street facility in 2006. West, a Davis native who studied molecular biology at UC Davis, worked primarily with grapes grown near Winters and the Capay Valley. He'd teamed with three brothers from the Rominger family, who were fifth- generation farmers from Yolo County. By the end, Rominger West crafted 10 different bottlings and 1,500 cases annually, said West.

But sales weren't as strong as they needed to be.

"We were doing what we liked, but we weren't able to be financially sustainable," West said.

The events calender at Rominger West remains fairly packed through the end of this month. Live music will be featured Wednesday through Saturday. As for West's future, he plans on giving the wine industry another shot, but doesn't have any firm plans yet.

"It's what I do - I'm a winemaker," West said.

Rominger West winery is at 4602 Second St., Suite 4 in Davis. For more information: (530) 747-2044 or

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