49 Wines, Downieville, CA
I simply can’t say enough wonderful things about 49 Wines, Will Clark’s shop in Downieville where he makes each customer feel so very welcome. The motto of the shop is, “Taste the Gold in the Mother Lode”. The wine selection is terrific, with a lot of value-priced nuggets to choose from, but the real gold is Will.
Will Clark readily admits that his passion in life is California Foothill wines. He retired from investment banking in the early 1990’s, and with wife Jeanne, opened up his shop at 200 Main Street in Downieville. Jeanne runs the antiques and collectibles shop next door.
“We came here to do what we really wanted to do,” said Will. “People don’t expect us to be here. But really, Downieville is the first town north of Nevada City where you can find good food, lodging – and major historical lore about the area.” It all comes together in a mountain setting at the confluence of two rivers, with an enormous amount of Gold Country history. Will boasts a stock of around 50 wines.
Hours Open: 10-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays
Seasons Open: Spring, Summer and Fall
Will has been a Downieville resident since 2004. He owns other businesses in Downieville, including Downieville Diggins and The Attic. He frequently sponsors and supports community activities by contributing funds, prizes and time.
Will features some organic and biodynamic wines. He also supports local wineries, including Tryphon, Grant Eddie and other Sierra Foothill wineries.
Pets welcome in the shop!