Starting my journey at the marina where San Pablo Bay and the Petaluma River meet, I rode up Lakeville Hwy from the Hwy 37 Junction. The countryside has farms with cows, sheep, goats, horses and a miniature horse ranch. Among all this are vineyards. These are winegrowers who work intelligently with the terroir to provide the best material for winemakers to work with.
The Oakland Urban Wine Xperience is an annual event put on by the East Bay Vintners Alliance. The 19 East Bay wineries represented are housed primarily in renovated warehouses, with grapes sourced from Oregon, Sonoma, Napa, Amador County, and the central coast of California. While many similar events focus on one varietal of grape and draw a crowd that has a uniform persona, the Oakland Vintners work with a variety of grapes and blends that reflects Oakland’s wide variety of people and styles, all of which were present.
Tempranillo grapes were first planted in California in the 1700s by Spanish Missionaries. As a wine, Tempranillo is noted for berry fruit, minerality, and an earthy character. Depending on where it is grown and how it is produced, it can be light like Pinot Noir or big and dry like Cabernet. In late April, the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) held their annual tasting under the Spanish tiled roof of the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. There, guests sampled different expressions of Tempranillo–from California, sure, but also Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
A few of our favorite Father’s Day gift ideas for the guy who taught you how to shave, golf, grill, and tie a four-in-hand.
We have arranged tastings for a small group of Wingtippers over the weekend of September 20th and 21st: a chance for you to see if you prefer Napa over Sonoma, or vice versa! The itinerary is as follows: Saturday, September 20th: 12:00pm: Terra Valentine: Tasting with Sam Baxter, Winemaker (and friend of Ami’s) 2:30pm: Neyers… Read more »
Details to come.
Pinot Days in San Francisco brings together close to 100 wineries from California and a few from Oregon. Having 100 wineries all working with the same grape varietal is fascinating and challenging as you decide: Which wineries to try; How to compare them; What story to look for. Since wine has truth, it should tell its own story.
Wednesdays now feature wine surprises! Ranging from Premium Pours of wines from our cellar, to blind tasting contests, to winemaker hosted tastings and dinners, Wednesdays are the days to come to the Club and explore your inner wino. This week we feature: Members Blind Tasting Contest: Priorat Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re thinking of joining us… Read more »
Wednesdays now feature wine surprises! Ranging from Premium Pours of wines from our cellar, to blind tasting contests, to winemaker hosted tastings and dinners, Wednesdays are the days to come to the Club and explore your inner wino. This week we feature: Neyers Vineyards Tasting w/ winemaker Tadeo Borchardt Email email@example.com if you’re thinking of… Read more »
Abaluche: (adj.) The gathering of family and friends to enjoy good wine and good food; connecting with others through conversation, camaraderie and cultural experiences.