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Corey Katz & Pat Katz


Just ask Corey, he’ll tell you all about how Bar Cava was born. “It’s a Family Business.” They say tragedy can give beauty to new life. After his brother Jason passed away, Corey decided he would create a family business that remembered his brother and brought our family even closer.

Inspired by a passion for people, food, and most importantly, wine, Corey and his mother Pat Katz put their hearts into creating a space where people would join in a family like atmosphere, feeling perfectly at home while trying some of the most impressive wines from around the world, with authentic home-cooked bites to compliment. 

Bar Cava is a celebration of what brings us together, life: sharing new and exciting experiences in a laid-back atmosphere. Corey’s love for Napa Valley and fresh creative food. played a major role in inspiring Bar Cava on a daily basis. You can find him either at His new restaurant.Two Jay's Pizza By The Slice, which is just a few doors down from Bar Cava, or at Bar Cava sharing his big reds with guests, playing DJ on the speakers, or whipping up new dessert creations. Corey and his mother both love to chat, so next time you’re in please say hello! 

Nate Houston 

General manager & Wine Director

Nate Houston knows restaurants. Bussing tables and bar backing at 18, he’s played nearly every role in the restaurant business. But it was wine that won his heart -- a Riojan Tempranillo he’d bought on the way to a friend’s BBQ, to be exact. 

Over the course of the next few years he fell in love with Spanish wines, and in 2011 was hired at Residual Sugar Wine bar in Walnut Creek where owner Jim Telford gave Nate a platform to expand his wings and search out the most intriguing Spanish, French, Sicilian, and Southern Italian wines (well, those countries are his favorites, but Nate scours the whole world for wine). He went for wines no one had ever heard of -- true treasures that no one can find outside of the small communities where they’re made. 

Five years later he established himself as one of the leading Spanish Wine Specialists in the state. His passion and love for every wine on his list is revealed in his ability to tell a story about each bottle, as if he were passing down some great Tale. 

Wine for Nate is more than just a cool label, or a score from a critic. It’s History. It’s a story of a people and a land who won a hard wrought struggle to create something beautiful. 


We are family