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Downtown Wine Merchants-Downtown Oakland, CA

Downtown Wine Merchants

A wine bar offering small-batch vino and New American small plates in an upscale old-world space.  My daughter Melissa is a “regular customer” at the Downtown Wine Merchants-Oakland, CA. and they treat her like royal.ty.  She was so excited to share this little gem with me.  She said, mom, “You need to post this on your blog right away”! As you can see, I wasted no time.

Located just across the bridge at 102 Frank H Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA. 94612, this is where the locals gather for great wine and outstanding food.

Melissa chose the Grilled Atlantic Salmon, braised vegetables, and olive tapenade.

Grilled Atlantic Salmon, braised vegetables, olive tapenade

Here’s a peek at their menu.

Wine Merchant's Menu

Downtown Wine Merchants (3)

Downtown Wine Merchants (2)The girls above are Heather and Margery, and according to Melissa, the service is AMAZING!!!  Owned by Susanne Downtown Wine Merchants received the 2016 Wine Spectator Award Of Excellence.

Dowtown Wine Merchants

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Vines Grille & Wine Bar

Vines Grille And Wine Bar (3)

In Orlando, we call it “Restaurant Row”. Located on West Sand Lake Road, are some of the best restaurants Orlando has to offer. These restaurants are not located in a theme park, nor are located on International Drive, know to tourists. They’re just conveniently located close enough, where “the locals” can get dressed up, take a 20-30 minute drive, and enjoy some great dining. Vines Grille and Wine Bar offer “high end” steaks, prime rib, and an extensive wine collection. Not to mention, they have live Jazz and Blues music. Located at 7533 W. Sandlake Rd. Orlando, Fl. 32819. For more information visit their website at

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