Los Osos, land of disputes and recalls, now has a civilized dose of wine time in Baywood Park thanks to Martha Neder and business partner Jackie Bloom.
Yes, Paso wine culture has trickled down into Baywood Park in the form of the Bloom Wine Bar, a new spot featuring a wide array of local wines to help wash all those CSD dreams and nightmares away.
"We try not to talk about the sewer project" says co-owner Martha Neder. "Bloom is a place where people can cozy up by the fireplace and escape all that's been going on in Los Osos."
To achieve this, Neder and her business partner Jackie Bloom, specialize in serving only the top-notch local stuff.
"It's real homegrown here in Baywood Park, and that's reflected in our wine selection" says Neder. "We have a lot of wines from limited 300- to 1,000-case productions. We have one wine from as far away as Sonoma. But that's it. Nothing is imported. It's all local."
Neder and Bloom say they've been able to expose customers to local wines simply by offering a large variety of the premium stuff at a reasonable price. All wine is $6 a glass or $24 a bottle. The bar also offers beer and appetizers. In keeping with Baywood's tradition of staying on the d-low, the bar is keeping modest hours, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and serving beer and appetizers.
So how will a wine bar on the same block as such Baywood Park drinking institutions as the Merrimaker fare?
"We've had people start here then go to the Merrimaker for karaoke" adds Neder.
Bring your wine palate and keep your voice loose just in case you end up leading a ZZ Top sing-along and celebrate their grand opening and enjoy some complimentary wine appetizers on Saturday, June 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bloom Wine Bar is located at 1315 2nd street in the parking lot adjacent to the Bay Keeper mural. For more info, call 528-4500.
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