Old Hatchery revival

The Old Hatchery building that was once located near its namesake fish hatchery is again being reinvented – this time as an urban winery.

A winery, unlike a vineyard, “blends, bottles or somehow produces” the wine, but doesn’t grow the grapes, said Old Hatchery Winery owner Gary Kline.

Kline is hesitant to talk about his new venture, saying he would prefer to only keep the back door open like a speakeasy.

Unlike a speakeasy, however, the winery is limited in what it can sell customers.

“The only thing we can serve is our wine,” Kline said, gesturing to the boxes of bottles on the bar. “This is what we have to get going.”

Currently, there are four Old Hatchery wines: a chardonnay with grapes from the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a chenin blanc from Washington’s Columbia Valley, a cabernet from Walla Walla, Wash., and a merlot from Red Mountain, also in Washington.

The labels on the back of each bottle are blank, letting the wine speak for itself without a description.

“I didn’t know what to say,” Kline said.

Kline plans for the space to feel like a tasting room, with a light menu.

As of Friday, chef Gentry Grant had yet to finalize a menu, but he said he was going to focus on Mediterranean and Spanish fare, with “lots of finger food type stuff.”

Food will include cheese and Greek olive and meat boards, caprese salads, hummus and pita chips and shrimp cocktail. He will also serve soups to complement the wine.

“Gary’s wine is fabulous,” Grant said.

The Old Hatchery Winery is located at 2711 W. College St. It is expected to open to the public the first week of March in the afternoons and evenings.


Gunny’s going big time

Bozeman High School’s favorite pooch, Gunny, is set to be featured in a book of short stories released later this year by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

“This book is about the moment you learned something profound about life, from a dog,” according to the website, www.divinityofdogs.com.

Gunny’s owner, BHS guidance counselor Gary Corneer, said he has learned patience and a love for humanity.

“He loves everybody,” Corneer said of the 12-year-old chocolate Lab that follows him around the halls of the school. “There’s not a person in the world he doesn’t go up to. To him, everybody’s good.”

The students also respond.

One young man, who Corneer said started out “deathly afraid” of dogs, was able to come and kiss the top of Gunny’s nose Thursday.

“There’s a calmness he brings about,” Corneer said.

Corneer said he hopes Gunny’s story will help other dogs get adopted or find “forever homes.”

Gunny came from the Rimrock Humane Society in Roundup. Another dog adopted from that shelter will also be included in the book, Corneer said.

So what’s next for Gunny?

“I’d like to go to Barnes & Noble and have a book signing with his paw prints,” Corneer said.

For yearbooks each spring, Corneer scans and makes stickers of Gunny’s paw for the students. He said a similar thing may be in order for Gunny’s book.


La Tinga versus the world

Alba Jeffries said she can’t stop smiling this week.

“I’m so, so happy,” she said.

Jeffries and her husband, Curt, own the local taco shop, La Tinga, and this week they’re expanding to Billings.

“We’ve always thought that we can sell this kind of food all over the world,” Jeffries said.

The new La Tinga is in partnership with her sister, Evelyn Hammond, who worked in the Bozeman restaurant for more than a year.

“We finally found something small, like the place here,” Jeffries said. “She went for her dream.”

La Tinga Billings opens Tuesday at 113 N. 30th St. The restaurant will have the same menu as the Bozeman location, but it won’t have all the daily specials – the exception being Fish Taco Friday.


Rachel Hergett may be reached at rhergett@dailychronicle.com or 582-2603.