Tannins Wine Bar & Grill Expands to the South Side

Tannins’ South Side Arrival

Three friends set out to expand the locals' favorite wine and tapas bar.

Ahi Tuna Tower made with sashimi grade Yellow Fin Tuna, spicy strawberry mango salsa, avocado and a serrano garnish served with plaintain chips. | Photo by Benjamin Zaragosa

The intimate wine bar in The Village Shopping Center near the Lamar Park neighborhood has expanded to the South Side. After unforeseen circumstances caused by the pandemic prevented Jerry Davila and Mario Fimbres, owners of Tannins Wine Bar & Tapas, from opening a second location in San Antonio, they found a location on Staples St. that encompassed the perfect open floor plan they had in mind for the new project. 

Opening the second location, Tannins Wine Bar & Grill, was a major undertaking, so they brought a friend — designer and architect Daniel Solano — on board for this new venture. Drawing inspiration from wineries they visited, along with a tinge of elements from the original location, these three friends set out to bring a local favorite to the South Side of Corpus Christi. 

photo of the Vida Cana Coastal Breeze drink from Tannins Wine Bar & Grill
Vida Cana Coastal Breeze made with Vida Cana Rum, Fresh squeezed orange juice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and coconut water. | photo by Benjamin Zaragosa

The trio aimed to create a distinctive atmosphere with a winery ambiance, achieved by handmade wooden tabletops over barrels, walls adorned with wine bottles and other rustic elements combined with the inviting color palette and textured walls of the original location. These elements married well to create an inviting atmosphere in a brighter, more open space. 

The new location’s drink selections include over 50 Texas craft beers, an extensive wine selection and craft cocktails, to provide a diverse selection for varied tastes.

photo of the interior of Tannins Wine Bar & Grill
photo by Benjamin Zaragosa

Using only fresh ingredients — from freshly squeezed juices to house-made syrups infused with flavors like serrano, brown sugar and cinnamon — every detail is carefully considered. This meticulous approach extends to dehydrating fruit in-house to use as garnishes, creating an artistic display with great flavor. 

Behind the bar, Courtney Fimbres, Mario’s wife, lets her creativity take center stage as she is always prepared to deliver a unique and flavorful experience with an artistic touch on classic signature cocktails. 

photo of the smoked old fashioned at Tannins Wine Bar & Grill
Smoked Old Fashioned | Photo by Ben Zaragosa

“As the event coordinator and bartender, she gets very creative,” Mario said. “She comes up with new drinks, but she will even take a classic cocktail and put her twist on it.”

From the Old Fashioned smoked in-house to Courtney’s innovative frozen drinks, Tannins’ commitment to distinctiveness and quality is displayed in every drink at its new location. 

Contact: 7629 S Staples |