Description and review of Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar, Sacramento’s first champagne and sparkling wine bar. Fizz is located in Downtown Commons (DOCO) across from the Golden 1 Center.
Members of the Renaissance Society-A Cook’s Tour of Sacramento class recently met at Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar. This semester A Cook’s Tour of Sacramento is studying wine and wine-making.
Fizz opened in the DOCO in October, 2018. It is a small upscale venue serving over 120 champagnes and sparkling wines sourced from around the world. Approximately a dozen champagnes and sparkling wines are offered by the glass.
For those who do not care for champagne and sparkling wine, other options are offered (still wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages). There is also a limited menu of food items to pair with your beverage.
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Despite the fact that it was both windy and raining that day there was a very good turnout at Fizz. Class members filled the limited number of available tables, as well as most of the bar seating.
I had noticed on the Fizz website that a private room could be reserved for private parties, and asked to see it. The room, to the right of the bar, is separated from the main room by a drape – and size-wise I would personally call it more of an alcove. Containing two square tables with cushioned benches on three sides of the room, the maximum occupancy was said to be twelve.
Raymond James Irwin and his staff provided the class with a warm welcome. To start off, Raymond James described how he became interested in champagnes and sparkling wines, and his decision to open Fizz when he returned to his hometown.
Raymond James then proceeded to describe the three wines in the flight (three 2-ounce pours) ($20) before each of us. The three were sourced from the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Spain and France. In addition to providing “tasting notes” on the three, Raymond James also described the different processes used to age each of them – ranging from aging in the bottle (for varying lengths of time) to aging in a tank.
Accompanying our flight was a cheese board consisting of three very different cheeses sourced from Canada, France and Italy. The cheese board was served with slices of baguette, almonds, and fig preserves. As we sipped, Raymond James also suggested which of the three cheeses best complemented each beverage.
Each member of the class also sampled an oyster, while one of the class coordinators provided some historical background on oysters and the Sacramento region. She explained, among other things, that oysters were the fresh food of choice among miners during the Gold Rush as they could be kept alive in saltwater for up to six months. Hangtown Fry anyone?
As one might expect, Fizz is a bit on the pricey side – but it is nice to have the option of dropping by Fizz for a glass of bubbly when visiting DOCO.
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Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar Snapshot:
- 615 David J Stern Walk, #105, Sacramento, CA 95815
- (916) 573-3909
- Hours: Monday – Wednesday (Noon to 10:00 p.m.); Thursday – Saturday (Noon to Midnight); Sunday (3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
- EXCEPTION: Golden 1 Center Event & Game Days (Noon to Midnight)
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