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.

Published in: on October 8, 2013 at 11:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Firehouse Closed on January 27

This Sunday, January 27, The Firehouse will be closed for our staff appreciation party.  The Firehouse takes time each year to celebrate the hard work from all of our employees.


Although The Firehouse will not be open, we encourage you to dine at our sister restaurant, Ten22.  Ten22 is open and located only one block north at 1022 Second Street.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests.

Published in: on January 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Celebrate Christmas Eve at The Firehouse

The Firehouse invites you to celebrate Christmas Eve with your family and friends at Sacramento’s “Best Special Occasion” restaurant.

This Christmas Eve, The Firehouse will be open for lunch from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, and for dinner from 4:30 pm – 10 pm.  Guests will be treated to an evening of sophistication and luxury as Chef Deneb showcases his talents with exquisite dinner specials that include:

Lobster Bread Pudding

bacon-leek savory pudding with sauce béarnaise

Maine lobster with candied orange salad



Balsamic-Glazed Sea Bass

pan seared with roasted cauliflower-olive relish

confit Yukon potato coins and sunchoke soubise



Filet Oscar

chargrilled beef tenderloin

potato risotto with roasted fennel demi jus

Dungeness crab and sauce béarnaise



Harissa-Spiced Tofu

chargrilled with saffron quinoa, cipollini onion

wilted spinach, tomato-apricot chutney

cilantro yogurt



Bûche de Noël

chocolate génoise cake and hazelnut cream filling

coated in rich ganache with candied hazelnuts

meringue “mushrooms”



Artisanal Cheese Plate


Marin County Triple Cream Brie

Cow’s Milk – USA

Roaring Forties Blue

Cow’s Milk – Australia

Humboldt Fog

Goat’s Milk – USA


Sheep’s Milk – France


The regular menu will be available as well as the following exclusive wine flights.

Wine Flights

2-oz pours

Silver Oak Flight

2003 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

2004 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley


Champagne Flight

Deutz Brut Classic, Ay

Gosset Brut Excellence, Ay

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Blue Label Reserve Particuliere, Epernay


Reservations are required for dinner and can be made here or by calling the restaurant directly at 916.442.4772.  Valet parking will be available for guests.

Published in: on December 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Holiday Gift Packages at The Firehouse


The holiday season is already upon us which means shopping for Christmas gifts is in full swing.  I’ve come to notice that there is always one person on my list that seems impossible to buy for.  They already have everything from the latest gadgets to the coolest clothes.  And while gift cards seem to be an easy fix most of the time, this year I find myself turning to the next best thing…wine.  Who doesn’t love a great bottle of wine?  I know I do.

This year at The Firehouse, our Sommeliers have put together some incredible wine packages at great prices to fit every wine lover on your list.  These wine packages start at just $99 and range from 2-bottle sets to 4-bottle sets.  The Firehouse is also offering unique package options such as the “Silver Oak Vertical” and “Magnum Party” sets.  Click here to see the full list of holiday wine packages.

To place your order, come in and visit us or call us at
(916) 442-4772.  Happy Holidays!

Published in: on December 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Wine of the Month

We sat down with Lead Sommelier and Night Dining Room Manager Paul Marsh to get his wine recommendation for September!

2006 Favia Quarzo Syrah, Amador County 

Here’s what Paul had to say about this special wine:

Beautifully integrated complex syrah from just 40 miles outside Sacramento?  You bet.  Meet Favia Quarzo Syrah from Amador.  Deep garnet color with medium body, tight blackberry and blueberry notes, minerality and cigar box flavors that uncover hints of nutmeg and blackberry jam.  The wine finishes with long, smooth tannins that beg to be paired with our Delmonico, somewhere around medium rare. This is a great wine from our friends Annie Favia and her husband Andy Erickson.  Join us and enjoy a small production gem sourced just a short drive away. 


Published in: on September 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm  Leave a Comment