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Enoteca La Storia Wine Bar opens in Los Gatos

Enoteca La Storia opens tomorrow in Los Gatos. The new wine bar/wine shop should soon become a favorite hangout for locals and those visiting the area to shop downtown or taste at local wineries. Enoteca is a welcoming place, spacious with a long white marble bar, comfortable stools and a row of tall tables. The decor is elegant but inviting and evocative of Italy.

I attended a small pre-opening gathering last night that served as both a celebration of the opening and a final dry run for the staff. Enoteca was pouring some of their more value-oriented wines and serving up samples of their food. My antipasto platter included tasty mortadella and Barolo-marinated salumi, cut thin on shiny red and chrome slicers that remind me of vintage Italian race cars, an assortment of cheeses, olives, cippolini onions, marinated white beans with capers, mushroom and truffle tapenade, olive oil, rosemary focaccia and sliced baguette. For dessert, they served up cubes of delicious carrot cake made from a recipe of the owner’s mother. Some people may become regulars just for that. The wines were good too, including one Italian red that goes for just $10 a bottle.

The selection of wines is roughly one-third Italian, a bit more than a third domestic (mostly northern California and heavy on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay) and the remainder non-Italian imports. There is a good mix of wines ready to drink today and some that will grow more complex with age. The wine selection is not as extensive as it would be at a large, off-premise-only wine shop. However, a lot of care has been put into the list and the staff can answer questions about any of the bottles. There is also the added benefit that you can take any bottle off the shelf and have it opened at the bar with just a modest corkage fee. Try before you buy is the way to go if you’re thinking of buying several bottles of a wine. Of course, Enoteca will also offer several wines by the glass.

In addition to their on- and off-premise wine sales, Enoteca La Storia offers a number of wine-related services. These include three different wine clubs, wine cellar consultation, wine tastings with producers on hand and wine classes. If you’re purchasing for a big event, volume discounts are also available. They will have an online store, but it's not up and running yet.

Located at 416 N. Santa Cruz Avenue just off of Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd, Enoteca La Storia is less than 5 minutes from the freeway. It’s in a small shopping mall and there is plenty of parking, a bonus in Los Gatos. There is also a side room for private events.

Enoteca La Storia
416 North Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, California 95030

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