As Valentine's Day approaches, we've got some sweet news on the urban winery scene. Rail Bridge Cellars, which operates its tasting room in the Elks Tower penthouse, is on the verge of expanding with a sister restaurant. Look for Rail Bridge Wine, Food and Fine Spirits to open in about three months on the ground floor of the Elks Tower (11th and J streets, Sacramento).
As the name suggests, this new eatery will offer small plate food items, an extensive wine selection and retail bottle shop.
"It's like David Berkley meets Selland's," said Michael Gelber, managing partner for Rail Bridge Cellars, referencing two eateries synonymous with local gourmet food.
(Note: the former David Berkley Fine Wines and Specialty Foods on Fair Oaks Blvd. will soon turn into a Cafe Bernardo).
For local history buffs, Rail Bridge Wine, Food and Fine Spirits will overlook a vintage pool that's laid empty for decades, but now houses events including a bash for Midtown Cocktail Week and even a dance workshop. While Rail Bridge Cellars' winemaking facility is located just outside downtown on North 16th St., Gelber said those operations might relocate to the Elk's Tower basement.
Also on tap: a new music series at Rail Bridge Cellars' tasting room that kicks off March 9. Dubbed the "Speakeasy Series Unplugged," these intimate concerts and wine tastings for 48 maximum people will he held on the second and fourth Saturdays through Nov. 9. Longtime local music promoter Jerry Perry will be booking the acts.
The first edition of this music series sold-out for all but one show last year. Stay tuned for the 2013 line-up.
FROM THE BEE: