Washington Evening Journal
111 North Marion Avenue
Washington, IA 52353
SOMM Wines in Fairfield creates an ideal space to enjoy a glass of wine and more at 102 E. Briggs Ave. with plans for more expansion this summer.
Originally located on the Fairfield square, SOMM Wines has seen more than its share of renovations in the last few years.
“We outgrew our previous location very quickly,” owner Krista Matthes explains. “COVID-19 presented me with the time to expand. We were unable to serve our guests due to precautions, so why not move and renovate with expansion in mind.
“I always dreamed of a beautiful patio space to share with guests,” Matthes continued, “a place you could feel the comforts of home with the quality wines of a larger metropolitan area.”
Also important with this move was guest safety. The fresh air outside on the patio allows guests to breath a little easier. The open loft and private rooms inside offer the safety of separate space.
“COVID is far from over, but the horizon looks much brighter,” Matthes said.
So what is this grand expansion on that horizon?
SOMM is building a beautiful stage in the rear of the patio to feature not only live music, but a fantastic new piece of artwork by local artist and professor, Gyan Shrosbree.
“I wanted this space to involve all of your senses. I truly believe your time here should be a full-bodied experience,” Matthes said.
The patio will be enlarged, allowing for 12 additional seats.
This spring has given Matthes more than a few rain delays, so the exact grand opening of the SOMM Stage has not been determined. For now, feel free to stop in anytime Tuesday through Saturday during business hours to shop for that special bottle of wine.
SOMM carries more than 200 bottles, all sustainable, organic, biodynamic or natural. 75 selections are under $25, and Matthes shelves the rare, coveted wines like Kosta Browne, Krug, and Testamatta.