La Botella Republic Now Open in Downtown Berkeley
Northern California wines, beers and meads, paired with American tapas and pop-up dinners
Berkeley, CA – La Botella Republic, a wine shop, tasting studio and event space featuring Northern California-sourced wines, beers, and meads paired with seasonal American tapas and weekly pop-up dinners is now open in Downtown Berkeley.
A warm, intimate, industrial space in the new Berkeley Central building, the 33 seat La Botella Republic offers a nuanced yet accessible way to experience Northern California wine and beer. Husband and wife team Christopher Clarke and Lauren Brody-Clarke have drawn from their respective experiences in New York at The Food Network and The Bottle Shop to develop a unique program of local wine, beer and mead flights from the North and Central Coast, Inland Valleys and Sierra Foothills.
La Botella Republic focuses primarily on smaller productions and offers one-on-one access to some of California’s most talented emerging wine makers and brewers. In particular, wines from The Scholium Project, Orin Swift Cellars, Idlewild, Horse and Plow, Broadside, St. Claire Brown, Peay and Ledge Vineyards will expand the palates of Berkeley wine enthusiasts, while beers from Almanac, Anderson Valley, Bear Republic, Drake’s, KneeDeep, Marin, and Moylon’s exemplify Northern California’s fearless approach to brewing. Sonoma Ciders and premier sparkling meads from Heidrun Meadery further diversify the beverage selection.
Chefs MikeC and Mark Dessert of the Raise the Root cooking collective direct the food program. Weekly pop-up dinners such as Taco Tuesdays with cochinita pibil, lime-marinated sole ceviche and strawberry-nectarine sangria add variety and encourage a social, inclusive dining atmosphere. The tapas and charcuterie menu offers considerable variety to adventurous eaters. Cheese and charcuterie may be ordered as a tasting plate designed for pairing purposes or as á la carte selections specific to the diner’s palate. Local favorites Humboldt Fog, Point Reyes Original Blue, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Zoe’s Meats Ghost Pepper-infused salami and house-made pickled vegetables from Chef Mark Dessert anchor the charcuterie menu. A fresh-made summer salad, white-wine barley salad, and a panini menu punctuated by a spicy grilled cheese with house-made habanero stone fruit chutney round out the daily food program. For dessert visitors can indulge in mel y mato, vanilla bean panna cotta with wine-soaked strawberries or artisan truffles by Vice Chocolates.
A dynamic retail section of hand-crafted blackened steal and reclaimed lumber shelves extends up to the 20 ft ceilings to display a library of wines organized by flavor profile for customers to carry home. Antique Mexican ceiling tiles encase the 20 ft L-shaped bar which is topped with blackened zinc. An additional 16 foot standing-bar-styled common table, a wine-themed sugar skull mural by Bay Area artist Jessica Hess and window seating perfect for people watching accent the space.
Regular tasting classes, farmer’s market food pairing programs and other special events with guest chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers will showcase the art and science of wine and food pairing.
Christopher and Lauren, who recently decamped to Berkeley from Brooklyn, have created a place where they themselves would love to hang out: hip and stylish but also unpretentious and affordable.
La Botella Republic in Berkeley, California is located at 2055D Center St. between Shattuck and Milvia Avenues. Initial hours are Tuesday – Thursday from 5p – 11p, Friday from 5p – Midnight, Saturday from Noon – 4p and 6p – Midnight, and Sunday from 1 – 9p. Visitors can get off at the downtown BART station ½ block away or park in the adjacent public garage. The telephone number is (510) 529-4447. Visit La Botella Republic online at www.botellarepublic.com