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Artisan Wine Lounge opens in the Creek

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, June 8th, 2007 at 4:00 pm in Uncategorized.

I went to the grand opening of the Artisan Wine Lounge & Cafe, brought to the Dub C by Stave Wine Lounge in Napa. It’s a cool spot. Small. Cute. The concept is similar to Vino Venue in San Francisco. One ounce pours spilling forth from the sleek Enomatic tasting machines. But the quantity is less. There are 32 wines at a time. Eight whites, and the rest reds.

The focus is small production California cult wines, or soon to be cult wines. Think Vinum. Eponymous. Two Angels. Foley. Stag’s Leap. That sort of thing. I was taken by the peppery notes of a 2003 Syrah from Lodi’s Jake Ryan Cellars, enough that I felt like Molly Ringwald.

The bar rotates in another country (right now, it’s Spain) and offers a smattering of tapas to match. I munched on manchego cheese and chorizo while sipping Gaia.

I also like the subtle extras that Lena Chu and Kevin Ng, the owners, bring to Artisan. A Vermentino from Carneros? Who knew? A Reisling from Germany? Gotta have it. Clear top barrel tables for two plus coffee and desserts for the non-winos.

Their site’s not up yet, but for now you can check out their sister winery’s site, Stave.

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  • Elise

    I love Artisan Wine Lounge and Cafe! What’s great, she rotates her wines so often everytime you go it feels like there are all new wines. And they are all so good!

  • http://ibabuzz/corkheads Jessica

    Agreed. Lena is so friendly and gets some pretty impressive bottles in there. The food’s great too. Spread the word!
    jessica