Postino WineCafé Opening First West Coast Location in Irvine

November 30, 2022

Postino WineCafé, the eclectic, community-driven, all-day wine bar, and restaurant is opening its first location in California. Coming December 12th in Irvine’s newest mixed-use dining and retail destination, Park Place. Postino will offer a delectable food menu, a carefully curated and thoughtfully sourced beverage program, and warm hospitality enhanced with unique décor.  

Postino WineCafé is known for its signature wine program, which features boutique and novel finds that appeal to the most well-versed aficionado, with equal attention paid to offering approachable, gulpable favorites for wine lovers of all types. The brand’s award-winning, proprietary wine program is curated by advanced sommelier and beverage director Brent Karlicek. Karlicek, who also is sitting for his Master Sommelier designation, travels the world creating relationships with boutique wineries and offering his curated collection of wines, wine-centric cocktails, and craft beers—many that can only be found at Postino. 

The locality is key to Postino’s culinary program, with wines inspired by the local region and dishes integrating fresh, seasonal produce from area purveyors. A longtime guest favorite is Postino’s bruschetta board, which is offered in a variety of mouthwatering toppings including mozzarella tomato basil, burrata bacon arugula, Prosciutto Di Parma, Fig & Mascarpone, and more. From shareable snacks and crave-worthy charcuterie boards to a lineup of panini and fresh salads - Postino’s menu suits gatherings small or large in its 5,200-square-foot Irvine space, which is clad with an umbrella-lined patio.

At its heart, Postino is about community and creating a space in which people can connect for any occasion, from premium happy hours to weekly promotions, special events, and much more. Californians can look forward to a daily $6 ‘til 5 p.m. wine and beer list and $25 Bottle & Board on Monday and Tuesday evenings (a bottle of wine and a board of bruschetta are $25 after 8 p.m.). Spirits are high at Postino’s weekend brunch, which offers a curated selection of farm-fresh comfort foods like Umbria Egg Toast featuring scrambled egg with crèma and white truffle, crispy oyster mushroom, and Parmigiano Reggiano atop a toasted ciabatta. 

The eye-catching décor at every Postino location taps a sophisticated aesthetic, but with a welcoming twist that embraces its unique local environment, and the first California location is no exception. Guests can expect a vibrant, playful feel no matter which location they visit, while also discovering new local artists and one-of-a-kind pieces selected by local vintage pickers. 

Postino WineCafé will open at 2981 Michelson Dr., Ste E, Irvine, CA 92612 in the Park Place mixed-use office and retail campus.

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