The History of Wine Tasting Tuesdays

Wine cellar front

Every Tuesday evening, the sommeliers of the Firehouse Restaurant offer wine tastings. With a different theme each week, patrons can look forward to trying any wine from Pinot Noir to Zinfandel to Merlot while also having fun learning about where the wine comes from. The best part is that guests get to enjoy their wine in the historical atmosphere of the famous Firehouse wine cellar. These popular wine tastings have led to a loyal following for The Firehouse, and it attracts many newcomers as well.

General Manager and Wine Buyer, Mario Ortiz, is the inventor of Wine Tasting Tuesdays, and the reason people get to enjoy vintage wines each week. “We wanted to have a time for our guests to talk wine, learn about it, and enjoy it in our wonderful wine cellar while also showing our commitment to providing the most varieties of wine in the region,” said Ortiz.

Ortiz, a faithful employee to The Firehouse for over 40 years, has become a highly respected wine expert. His ideas such as Wine Tasting Tuesdays help The Firehouse keep a top-notch reputation for fine dining and quality wine. His expertise stems from his visits to Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, France, Italy, and the Foothills.

Each week Ortiz comes up with new and different themes for Wine Tasting Tuesdays. The Firehouse strives to give a unique experience each time, so changing the wine themes each week is important. “The most enjoyable part of Wine Tasting Tuesdays,” said Ortiz, “are the new guests that I get to meet. To earn their respect and confidence in our wine program, and when they come back for dinner or a glass of wine, is the most rewarding part.”

His method for choosing the themes? It’s a good mix of some his favorites and experiences he has had with wine, but most importantly, finding something that will connect to new guests as well as regulars.  “Wine makes for a great conversation and great memories.  Having wonderful food with it  just completes the moment.”

Join The Firehouse on Tuesdays for a unique and educational wine experience. Wine Tasting Tuesdays are held every week from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm for $15 per person. The Firehouse also does a weekly contest on Facebook for two free tickets.

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