It's no secret House Wine owner Donnie Austin is a champion for his Olde Worthington neighborhood-but he's found plenty of gems beyond the northern suburb.

It's no secret House Wine owner Donnie Austin is a champion for his Olde Worthington neighborhood-but he's found plenty of gems beyond the northern suburb.

When Donnie Austin caught the wine bug, he decided to create a space where both wine novices and experienced drinkers could enjoy sips and small bites. As a Worthington dweller, he deemed the suburb the perfect place for House Wine, which celebrated its sixth anniversary in November 2013.

"People tend to overcomplicate the subject of wine," Austin says. "I wanted to offer a relaxed environment."

Austin, a certified sommelier, stocks more than 500 wines at the shop. You'll also find a dispenser with 24 rotating varieties for in-store tastings. Looking for a specific bottle of wine? Just ask-Austin explains there's no minimum order for stocking. And he recently expanded House Wine's beer selection, now carrying more than 100 different bottles with several on tap.

"We realized our customers wanted more," Austin says. "We'll have groups come in with both wine and beer drinkers, and they prefer the tap to the bottle. If people want a wine and beer hangout, we have it covered."

If he's not trying something new at House Wine, Austin likes to explore his neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Here's where he's eating and drinking around the city.

What's your favorite wine?

Pierre Peters Champagne. He's my favorite producer, but it's certainly not my everyday wine. The cop-out answer is whatever's in my glass. I like crisp, refreshing whites.

And how about your favorite beer?

You rarely find it in Ohio, but it's 3 Floyds Gumballhead from Indiana. I also like Orval. I know more about wine, but I'm pickier about my beer.

What are some spots where you like to eat?

My wife and I like to go to the Worthington Inn and sit at their bar. We love to split the Lights Out burger or whatever the chef recommends. If we're with friends, it's probably Villa Nova.

Besides House Wine, where in Worthington do you grab a drink?

I like to go to The Pub Out Back. It's a cool old bar, a great place to meet a buddy.

Where do you head for a special occasion?

If it's for me, G. Michael's or Kihachi. If it's for my wife, we love to go to Third & Hollywood.

Any good spots around the Downtown Columbus area?

In German Village, we really seem to target G. Michael's. I also like the restaurant groupings of The Rossi, El Camino and Philco. I like the quality of the food and the balance of drink offerings. They each have their own identity.

Where do you go for brunch?

Skillet for fresh, stick-to-your-ribs goodness. And Northstar, too, because it's not too far away.

With the holidays approaching, what will you be drinking?

I love bourbon- and rye-based drinks. I like savory, deeper red wines, too. A Manhattan or a Boulevardier are two of my favorites.