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It’s no rumor: Rumors Wine Bar has expanded into a new location

Olympia wine bar moves to a new and expanded location

Rumors Wine Bar owner Stephanie Perry has gained double the space in moving from her former location on nearby Fourth Avenue to the corner of Fifth and Washington in downtown Olympia.
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Rumors Wine Bar owner Stephanie Perry has gained double the space in moving from her former location on nearby Fourth Avenue to the corner of Fifth and Washington in downtown Olympia.

After a successful run on Fourth Avenue in downtown Olympia, Rumors Wine Bar, now closing in on its eighth year of business, has expanded into a new location.

But the business has remained downtown, not far from its previous site.

Rumors moved one block south to a high-traffic corner on Fifth Avenue. Across the street is Timberland Bank. Across from Timberland is the toy store, Captain Little, and across from the toy store is State of the Arts gallery. And what’s across from it? Rumors Wine Bar at 430 Washington St. SE.

“I liked the lighting, the windows and the high ceilings,” owner Stephanie Perry said about her new surroundings.

“I liked the vibe,” she added.

There were other reasons to move: Rumors’ previous site was small — 500 to 600 square feet. The new location is twice that size. Perry says that will give her the room to comfortably serve 28 customers.

And the move happened relatively fast. The turnaround time was about two weeks. Perry held a private event on March 6 and opened the doors to everyone on March 7.

Before Perry became a wine expert, she considered herself to be a beer connoisseur. But after helping a friend at a wine tasting, she took an interest in the grape-based adult beverage and went into business.

Rumors has a menu of 35 wines. Most are from the Northwest, with a smaller selection of wines from California and abroad. The business also serves small plates of food that pair well with a variety of wines. Rumors does not serve mixed drinks, but does have beer. Currently on tap is Keyhole Valley Brewing, a Shelton brewery.

Rumors sells wine by the glass, by flights and by the bottle. Per-glass servings cost between $8 and $15, Perry said. Rumors also has a membership club called “on the vine,” which so far has 55 members, she said.

If you’re new to wine, Perry suggests starting with a sweeter white wine and building on the wine palate from there. Once you’re ready, Perry has some must-have wines to try, such as two cabernet sauvignons — one called Canvasback, the other Bookwalter — that pair well with meat. Another to try is a rose made by JP Chenet.

Another recommendation is to try Scarpetta and its sparkling white wine, known as “prosecco” in Italy. It’s similar to champagne.

Perry’s interest in wines has taken her to Italy and Napa Valley and she’s about to depart for Walla Walla to participate in a wine industry event. The beer connoisseur is now a self-described “vinophile.”

Rumors Wine Bar

Owner: Stephanie Perry.

Location: 430 Washington St. SE, Olympia

Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Online: Find Rumors Wine Bar on Facebook or go to www.rumorswinebar.com..

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.


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