Wine Down’s Jaime Hiraishi and Sarah Garand. Photo courtesy of Wine Down.
Some wino tidbits for you. We have been tracking the upcoming ~WINE DOWN~ since July, and now the owners are ready to talk (they just launched an Indiegogo campaign). Co-owners Sarah Garand and Jaime Hiraishi wanted to create the after-work space they always sought: a comfortable place to enjoy quality wine that wasn’t too expensive. They really care about value (the average glass of wine will be $10), a laid-back and friendly vibe, and sustainability is also important to them.
They will serve local wine (the list of 16 wines will always be changing), craft beer (5), and have some bites too. There will be bottles available for retail sales too. They add: “Some names might be familiar to guests (like Scholium, Broc, and Banshee) and we’re also excited to introduce people to some smaller producers like Harrington Wines from the Dogpatch or Lusu Cellars in Berkeley.” They hope to open in early 2016. 685 Folsom St. at 3rd St.
Fellow lovers of ~K&L WINE MERCHANTS~: do note they are moving into their new and bigger space (in the former TJ Maxx) and are currently closed through Thursday October 29th, reopening on Friday October 30th at 10am. (Thanks, Hoodline!) 855 Harrison St. at 5th St.
More wine shop news: New York’s Flatiron Wines is opening a shop in The Palace Hotel in the former Kyo-ya sushi restaurant. Look for boutique wines, international selections, spirits, and more. January 2016 is the targeted opening. (Via Hoodline.) 2 New Montgomery St. at Market.