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Little Italy just wouldn’t be Little Italy without a high concentration of vino. Red sauce with no red table wine—as much a sin as overcooked pasta or grated Parm’ on seafood. A local wine producer is making plans to bring an influx of grape juice to downtown’s quartiere Italiano as insurance against such atrocities.

In August, San Diego Cellars will open a combination urban winery with a tasting lounge at 2215 Kettner Boulevard. For the past year or so, owners and winemakers Matthew Richards and Todd Hipper have been producing and serving their wines at a location on Silverton Avenue in the Miramar area. Their new spot will offer them new visibility and the ability to offer a more well-rounded experience to visitors.

Added elements will include an outdoor patio area as well as the ability to offer live entertainment and space to rent out for private affairs. They will also put that space to use when throwing private parties for members of their wine club.

On the production side, San Diego Cellars will produce 2,000 cases of wine annually. All of the vintages will be made and aged on-site, and produced from grapes grown throughout California, including some from San Diego County. The trio of wines produced solely from local grapes includes a cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and viognier.

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