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Charm A t least a few mural marvelers, giant sequoia seekers and agri-tourists have commented that they wished there was a way to bottle up Exeter's small town charm and take it home with them. Soon, they'll be able to, thanks to one of the town's newest businesses. E Street Market opened in downtown Exeter on Aug. 19 on the premise of providing fresh, locally sourced produce, specialty canned goods and hand- made items. And while the store has lived up to its promise for fruits, vegetables, herbs and handmade gifts, it has been unable to sell one of the most popular food and beverage gifts — wine. e Central Valley, including Tulare County, plays a major role in the state's overall wine production. About one-third of white wine grapes and a quarter of red wine grapes are grown in the Central Valley, so customers at E Street Market have been asking for the missing beverage from this miniature, indoor farmers market. "People come in every day wondering when we will begin selling wine," said Jennifer Davis, one of three local women who opened the store and the owner of Monet's wine bistro just down the sidewalk. "People are really looking forward to this and so are we." Earlier this month, E Street Market received its first shipment of wine to sell by the glass, as part of its tastings and cheese pairings, and by the bottle. It also included a bottle of the first E Street Market bottle of wine, the first to include an Exeter-based label. "is will make a great gift for the holidays for people who want to take a piece of Exeter home with them, or send a piece of home to those who have moved away," said Robyn Stearns, co-owner of the store and the former mayor of Exeter. e printing of this article was too soon to narrow down the types of wines that will be carried beneath the E Street label, but Stephanie Guy, who makes up the third member of this entrepreneurial trio, said the goal is to have both a red and a white wine offering of the Exeter wine. "We are really excited to offer the first Exeter wine," said Guy, a local bookkeeper with an eye for design and window dressing. "I think it's something locals and tourists will want to take home with them." E Street Market will also carry other labels in- cluding Rombauer of Helena, Red Truck of Sonoma, Bearitage of Lodi, and Bell Wine of Napa, all of which are made in California and in keeping with the store's theme of exclusively offering local-, Central Valley- and California-produced items. Stearns said the wine will be paired with gourmet cheeses from Vintage Cheese in Traver, Calif. near the Tulare-Fresno County border. Vintage Cheese spe- cializes in artisan cow, sheep and goat cheeses aged to create old-fashioned farmstead cheese made only with California milk. eir unique cheeses are aged be- tween three months and 18 months into 32 different flavors. Wine tastings will be available during E Street Market's normal business hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All of the wines, including the E Street Market label, will be available to package together with other favorites from the store for holiday gift baskets. On the shelf is Pur Honey from Lindsay, Calif.; cashews from the Naked Nut in Visalia, Calif.; fennel pollen spices from Rebb Firman in Lemon Cove, Calif.; cider from Cider House in Springville, Calif.; jerky from Plano Jerky in Porterville, Calif.; flavored vin- egars from Chaparral Gardens in Atascadero, whose owners are from Porterville; and gourmet cured meats from Olli Salumeria in Oceanside, Calif. E Street Market is located at 124 S. E St. in Ex- eter. For more information, call the market at 559- 592-0635. For more information on holding a ribbon cutting, call the Exeter Chamber at 559-592-2919. Bot t l ing up a Smal l Tow n Text and Photography by reggie ellis 28 M I N E R A L K I N G P U B L I S H I N G , I N C . F S G N E W S . C O M

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