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HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) with Stevie Stacionis of Bay Grape

Bay Grape is a wine shop focused on community. In addition to wine, they also offer beer, specialty sodas and a small retail selection of local, artisanal foodstuffs. They also host winemaker-led tastings and casual, relaxed wine classes. And they specialize in custom orders for offices and events!

Bay Grape strives to be a cornerstone of our community: a physical gathering spot dedicated to building and preserving relationships with and between their guests. You can purchase bottles to take to go, or you can open any bottle in the shop, learn a bit about it and enjoy it with friends or neighbors for just $5 corkage on top of retail price. Snacks can also be opened and enjoyed picnic-style at communal table or counter area.

Bay Grape is owned and operated by Josiah Baldivino and Stevie Stacionis: a young, passionate, husband-and-wife team with substantial wine knowledge, 20 years of combined wine business experience—and, most importantly, a sense of humor and humility. The Bay Grape team includes five Certified or Advanced Sommeliers accredited through the Court of Master Sommeliers... Bay Grape has been featured in The New York TimesFood & Wine and Bon Appétit magazines, and we were named Best Wine Shop in the Bay in 2017 by San Francisco Magazine; in addition, Stevie and Josiah were named Wine Enthusiast's Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers!

About Stevie Stacionis 
Stevie spent seven years working in the front of the house at restaurants in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York City in order to pay her way through the University of Southern California. After graduating magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Psychology and Law, Stevie traded her apron for a laptop and a career in food, wine and travel writing.

In addition to her editorial background, she worked in wine retail and copywriting, managing communication, media, marketing and brand management for New York City retail stores Alphabet City Wine Co., Crush Wine & Spirits, NYC’s premier wine bar/classroom/event space Corkbuzz Wine Studio and the professional non-profit organization the Guild of Sommeliers. Stevie is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and directed A Drink with Friends TV

Likes: White Burgundy, ginormous bowls of pasta, running around Lake Merritt, sleeping in, colorful tennis shoes

Dislikes: being cold, octopus and squid, scary movies, itchy tags on t-shirts