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Featured venue: City Vineyard and Wine Bar
Address: 1640 Grand Ave.
Hours of service: The wine bar is open Monday through Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m. and the wine store is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Manager: Carolyn Korb. Korb started a career as a kindergarten teacher, a field she worked in for a dozen years. When City Vineyard opened in 2000, she decided to make a change.
What makes this place unique: (During our interview, a regular customer came in with a small bag of silly gifts, handed it to Carolyn and asked that she give it to one of the employees who he thought was having a bad day. Another customer ordered a special wine barrel plaque for City Vineyard and gave it to them to commemorate their reopening after a remodel in March. It reads: “Wine is sunlight held together by water,” Galilleo).
If you were to poll our customers, they would probably say service and selection. Our employees have to have passion for the wine, beer and food. They have to be creative with a good sense of humor.
We’re about the wine. We’re about the beer. We’re about the tasty tidbits, too. I think it’s cozy here. It is very urban, it feels like you are in a bigger metropolitan area.
Describe your venue’s special features: What we are trying to do is have a wide selection of wines and beer and keep the prices affordable. You can purchase wine by the glass for $6 to $12. A glass of beer starts at $3. Also offered is hard cider. You can order wine by the bottle to share with friends. Special cheese trays are also available for around $12. On occasion we offer wine-tasting classes. We just presented one on June 30 and we are offering a class on burgundy on Aug. 11. Visit www.cityvineyardwine.com for more information.
What is the most popular drink? We call it the razzle dazzle, but the real name is Juliette’s Dazzle Rose. It’s a rose. It’s so hot out, this is refreshing. It’s different and people like the look of the bottle. We are also offering special wine-tasting classes. The next one is scheduled for Aug. 11 and covers burgandy.