Leslie Gainer has reopened a wine store in Cambria.
Gainer, who founded the Fermentations wine-tasting shop in 1995, sold the business in 2007, rented the building to the new owner and moved on.
She was planning to open a similar, updated but highly seasonal wine-and-lifestyle business in Nantucket, Mass., where she also has ties. Then, earlier this year, Fermentations moved out, and Gainer switched her business plan to the small Cambria building she still owns in the East Village.
The doors to Wine : Taste, Gainer’s new business at 4056 Burton Drive, opened in late June.
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Cambria contractor Rick Allen did a makeover on the historic house where sisters Margaret and Lila of the Soto family, longtime Cambria residents, used to live. The building previously housed other businesses, including The Green Room and Pacific West Art Gallery.
Fermentations is now open at Bridge and Main streets, also in the East Village, where Keenan’s Cambria Village Pharmacy used to be.
Wine : Taste serves guests small samples of “fine, really unique, wonderful wines and craft beers,” Gainer said, with bottles and cases for sale and freestanding farm tables instead of a stand-up bar for the inside tasting area.