Acheson Wine Company Launches Tasting Room in Sacramento


Wines offered on tap in refillable bottles with flip-top lids

A new sustainable way to appreciate and consume wine.

Acheson Wine Company is opening in Sacramento this month with the goal of “delivering great wine at a great price in a durable, reusable bottle,” according to winemaker Steve Burch and partner Brian Scott. Consumers will own their bottles and will only pay for the wine they consume. Excess packaging including caps, foils and labels are discarded and will avoid landfill. No inefficient bottle recycling.

All of Acheson’s wines will be produced in barrels and then sold “on tap” in their quaint tasting room at 1629 19and Sacramento Street. Five wines will be offered in reusable one-liter bottles that can be returned and refilled. Acheson, which has been offering a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon since 2013, will no longer produce wines in traditional bottles. The small space is designed to serve the neighborhood, but should appeal to consumers interested in sustainability and “wonderfully flavorful wines at affordable prices,” according to the partners. Prices will range from $14 for Sauvignon Blanc to $24 for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1 liter flip top refillable bottle is slightly larger, essentially holding one more glass of wine than a traditional 750ml wine bottle.

With four decades of combined relationships with top producers across the state, Acheson is able to source exceptional fruit for its wines. Future plans include celebrating great winemakers who happen to be great friends by showcasing their wines on tap in the Acheson Tasting Room.

Acheson Wine Company is “all in” on this innovative concept, offering consumers “high quality cellar direct wines in a fully sustainable process,” says Burch. “Our carbon footprint will be close to zero and we have eliminated waste in our wine deliveries,” he adds.

Acheson’s story

Acheson Wine Company was officially launched with the release of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, but the story dates back to 1996 when two friends met at the Enotria Café and Wine Bar on Del Paso Blvd in Sacramento. One (the manager) took the sales and marketing path, which led him to become a business marketing and sales leader in the wine business in New York. The other (the bartender) earned his degree in viticulture from UC Davis and embarked on a career as a winemaker. Over the next 19 years, these friends stayed in touch. Visiting each other when the opportunity arose, drinking many bottles of wine and always talking about doing something together.

That something happened in 2014 when the salesman, sitting in the Manhattan office of a large restaurant group, lost a lucrative deal to sell Chardonnay by the glass in all of their restaurants for the second year in a row. Not to pass up the opportunity for a sale, he asked the very powerful buyer what else he could pull off. “Not unless you have a Cabernet in your book that you can go down to $7/bottle.” He did not do it.

“What if I did it for you?”

A phone call to the former bartender, now a successful winemaker, led to the creation of Acheson Wine Company, but the dream of something different was just beginning.

From this meeting are born multiple private label contracts as well as their own wine: Acheson Cabernet Sauvignon. Acheson Wine Company began as a traditional winery concept with its first vintage 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon in screw-cap bottles sold in California, New York, Pennsylvania, London and Singapore.


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