Here in Northern California, where wine is a deep part of the culture, there are a lot of wineries, so many that they may seem to blend into one another. Revolution Wines, however, stands out as the only winery in Sacramento. In fact, it's right in the heart of town, in Midtown right next to a cafe and two blocks from the highway.
Revolution Wines is a winery, tasting room, and bistro. Tasting is $10 and includes most wines on their menu, which means you can taste around 10 wines, both whites and reds. Two labels produce wine here: Revolution and St. Rey, which are limited production. Winemaker Craig Haarmeyer makes lighter wines than what are typical for California, with less sugar and alcohol but plenty of flavor. On my recent visit, I enjoyed the light and fruity characteristics of all the wines, including the St. Rey Albariño, 2011 Celeste red blend, zinfandel (peppery and fruity), and the 2009 vintage port. I was also excited to see that the winemakers use grapes grown locally, from areas just outside town, where I didn't even know grapes were grown.
Local is also the focus of their food, with the ingredients coming from nearby farms. Local beers are served, too. The spacious outdoor patio is pleasant and large enough for groups. Friday nights feature a special dinner with wine for $15.
Open Tuesday through Thursday 12:00-9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12:00-10:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00-9:00 p.m.