Meet the winemakers who comprise the East Bays active winemaking scene.
2413 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Like many winemakers, Bill started making wine in his garage. At some point, the operation began to take over every nook and cranny of the house. A decision was required; either keep winemaking as a hobby or go commercial. In 2005, Adams Point became a commercial winery in Berkeley. Adams Point Winery specializes in dessert wines that complement Asian, Caribbean and Latin American cuisines.
Adams Point is unique in offering a white after-dinner wine, as well as a red. A port style of winemaking is used to create these hand-crafted dessert wines. It was the success of his chocolate dessert wine that convinced the then home winemaker, Bill Galarneau to go commercial.
Andrew Lane Wines
Drew Dickson & Deanna Despain
742 Sunnyside Rd., St. Helena, Ca 94754
Andrew Lane Wines rose from a family-run underground favorite in the Napa Valley to a commercial wine business in 2002 and recently moved production to a former submarine factory near Oakland. Andrew Lane draws fruit from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley, specializing in an Oakville-hillside Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay Noir and Petite Sirah Their small, artisan winery has a limited production, in order to foster discussion, perspective and relationships at the dinner table. Andrew Lane celebrates agriculture beyond the wine list and is a part of the Urban Wine Experience.
1017 22nd Avenue #300, Oakland, CA 94606
Irish Monkey is a family run winery. Bob Lynch as winemaker demands "fruit first" craft, citing that the majority contribution to a great wine is great fruit – without too much alcohol. His focus is on small lot vineyards, where the growers live amongst their own vines. He features wines from the Lovall Valley (Napa ), where extraordinary Merlot, Syrah and Primitivo are grown. Bob features old-world style wines that demand rigorous winemaking and delicate blending. His classic "Five Grapes Meritage" combines Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Underlying all of these is Bob's oft-repeated theme: honest wine that goes with food, and excellent wine that makes people happy.
Jeff & Alexandra Cohn
55 4th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
JC Cellars is an urban, artisan winery, which gets its grapes from California's finest vineyards. JC crafts exceptional single vineyard wines, known for bold California fruit, but with the sophistication and complexity of great French wines. JC Cellars founder and winemaker Jeff Cohn is celebrated for Rhône style wines, and hailed as on one of the masters of zinfandel. JC Cellars also produces Rhône style inspired syrah, bold petite syrah, exotic Rhône style whites, and late harvest viognier.
With vineyard partners in Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, Santa Barbara and beyond, JC Cellars established an artesian winery just off historic Jack London Square near downtown Oakland .
6050 Colton Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611
Where in Oakland can you find beautifully crafted single varietal wines that show balance, fruit purity and Verve? Simple: at Aubin Cellars. Jérôme Aubin is an oak barrel importer turned winemaker. He founded Aubin Cellars in 2001. Jérôme sources grapes and makes wine from California, Oregon and Washington. The expertise and craftsmanship of various winemakers is utilized, each expressing a respective style in processing and maturing single varietal grapes: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, French Colombard, and Gewürztraminer. Aubin Cellars combines old world methods with modern concepts to create distinctive wines worthy of fine pedigree and reputation.
tel: 510 339 0170 | fax: 510 339 0173
218 Haight Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
100 Webster St. Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94607
There's a wonderful synergy that surrounds Cerruti Cellars', which sits a block from the Oakland Produce Market. The wholesale mart, which has been near downtown for more than 120 years, is where Cerruti's owner John Tudal (pronounced two DAWL) spent many mornings as a boy unloading his dad's and uncle's vegetables from the family farm in Alameda. Cerruti Cellars, which specializes in consumer friendly brands, is poised to open a tasting room close to the soon-to-open Jack London Market. The Tudal/Cerruti family has also resided in St. Helena in the Napa Valley. Cerruti Cellar's wines include a red blend, Tractor Shed Red, in its 11th vintage with the 2007 edition. Also produced is a Sauvignon Blanc called Honker Blanc; and a Merlot rosé, Mer Blanc; as well as a Cabernet Sauvignon blend called 50/50, whose grapes come from Tudal Winery's 35–year-old Cab vineyards – one of the oldest in California -- and from the famed Alexander Valley.
Michael & Anne Dashe
55 4th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Dashe Cellars is a family-run winery founded in 1996 by the husband-and wife team of Michael and Anne Dashe. Their combined experience making wines in California and
tel: 510-452-1800 | fax: 510-452-1818
805 Camelia St., Berkeley, CA 94710
Known for creating wines that are works of art-inside and outside-of the bottle, Eno Wines is a boutique winery producing small batches of Pinot Noir, old vine Zinfandel, Grenache, and Syrah from world class and undiscovered vineyards. Through a winemaking journal, photos, and sharing their inspirations, Eno Wines tells the story behind each wine. Showing a profound passion for creating wines that transcend the typical, Eno Wines is a winery to be experienced!
Chris and Marilou Ehrenberg
2301 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
Ehrenberg Cellars has been making great "homemade vino" and winning awards since 2003. We are very proud to announce that we are moving "out of the garage" and heading to Rock Wall! Our new home (commercial winery) in Alameda will allow us to expand our commitment to creating signature wines. Chris's appreciation of wine traces back to his European roots. As a young boy sitting around the dinner table sipping wine with my family, I was always amazed at how much satisfaction and pleasure that great wines brought to us. An array of red wines that have won an astonishing 33 awards! Take a sip of Ehrenberg Cellars. Relax, drop your shoulders just a bit, and you will find yourself saying "aahh, life is good"!
1410 62nd Street Ste B, Emeryville, CA 94608
The name says it all it all! Periscope Cellars is a unique winery located inside a WWII submarine repair facility in the heart of Emeryville, Ca. This unlikely setting for the art of winemaking sets an interesting backdrop that enhances the wine tasters' experience and creates an ambiance all its own. Founded by Brendan Eliason, Periscope Cellars focuses on red wines from small family-run farms. "Evil Eye" is a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Franc, and "Deep 6," a mixture of six different grapes. Periscope Cellars encourages everyone to stop by this one-of-a-kind winery to view the winemaking process and taste straight out of their barrels, offering Happy Hours prices per glass, as well as discounts.
Prospect 772 Wine Company
Ron Pieretti & Wendy Sanda
15 Berneves Ct., Oakland, CA 94619
A select group of wine experts and food industry veterans with one unifying passion came together in 2001 with the idea of making Rhone-style blends produced from grapes grown on their land in the Sierra Foothills near Angels Camp. Three years later, Prospect 772 was making their first wines at JC Cellars in Oakland with the assistance of winemaker Jeff Cohn. We are committed to bringing wine varietals to discerning wine enthusiasts everywhere. In 2007, they offered The Brawler, redolent of black licorice, tar and Christmas spices, and The Brat, a somewhat opposite red, with a ruby red fruit center under a spicy layer of cinnamon. They are building their own facility on their property in Calaveras County, check their website for latest details.
Kevin & Barbara Brown
1835 San Jose St., Alameda, CA 94501
The core mission of R&B Cellars as a boutique winery is to create high quality wines that deliver tremendous value to the consumer. With an annual production of 12,000 cases, R&B Cellars takes a detail-oriented and labor-intensive approach to crafting high quality wines. Each of the winery's varietals, having earned 90+ point scores and various accolades across the country, have helped to set R&B Cellars apart from traditional players in the marketplace.
The Brown family, with over 30 years of experience in various areas of the wine industry, enjoys making "Wines that Swing." The musical motif that runs throughout the entire brand originates from the fact that each member of the Brown family is a musician.
tel: 510-749-8477 fax: 510-749-8481
Rock Wall Wines
Shauna Rosenblum & Kent Rosenblum
2301 Monarch Street, Suite 300 Alameda, CA 94501
The Rock Wall Wine Company represents a new chapter in the East Bay winemaking scene. Founded and operated by a small group of wine industry veterans, including consulting winemaker Kent Rosenblum and his daughter Shauna Rosenblum, the winery offers wine lovers one of the most unique experiences in the wine world.
Rock Wall wines are founded on the philosophy of the right grape in the right place. Our wines are borne of many long-term relationships with acclaimed vineyards. Grapes are sourced from all over California which creates a diverse winemaking environment, complete with different grape varieties, styles and regional flavor profiles.
Ideally situated in Alameda, California, the winery boasts spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline. Its locale allows the winemaking team to be regionally centralized - ensuring that the winemaking team is able to handle the fruit soon after it is picked, whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Zinfandel from Sonoma County, Petite Sirah from Contra Costa County or Chardonnay from the
tel: 510-522-5700 fax: 510-522-5701
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Kent Rosenblum & Roger Rosenblum
2900 Main Street Ste 1100, Alameda, CA 94501
Tasting Room Open: Daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m
Rosenblum Cellars is the story of a hobby gone wild. Founded in 1978 by veterinarian Dr. Kent Rosenblum, the winery has evolved from basement winemaking to our current facility next to the ferry building on the island of Alameda. Rosenblum Cellars is now a world-class winery, producing award-winning, single-vineyard Zinfandels and Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Petite Sirah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
The more established regions of Napa and Sonoma play a large part in the winery's portfolio, but Rosenblum Cellars is constantly searching for quality vineyards and makes wines from appellations as far north as Mendocino and as far south as Santa Barbara.
Tucked inside an historic railroad building on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, our Alameda Tasting Room is a hidden gem. Our fun-loving staff is nearly as popular as our world-class wines. The tasting room is open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Stage Left Cellars
Melinda Doty & Rich Williams
2102 Dennison Street Oakland, CA 94606
Making wine is our gig at Stage Left Cellars. We don't make much, mind you. We just handcraft small lot wines from Syrah, Viognier, Grenache, and Mourvedre. And Petite Sirah. And a little Roussanne. Boy do we like Roussanne. Even Cabernet and Zinfandel make cameo appearances every now and then. And we mix it up with some of the top vineyards throughout California and Oregon. That's right, Oregon.
Vineyards, varieties, and vat sizes aside, the real name of our game is to make wine that moves you. After all, bridging the gap between mere drink and lasting memories is why we got into this crazy business in the first place. We're open for tastings every first Saturday of the month from 11am-5pm or by appointment. Call for details.
2311 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94607
On a modest budget Loren Tayerle put together a small winery in the O2 Artisans Aggregate, a compound of artisans and craftsmen in industrial West Oakland (Baja Napa!). There the focus is on authentic handcrafted small lot wine production, emphasizing gentle handling techniques, to bring purity, balance and expression of the varietal. Tayerle has a close long standing relationship with his main vineyards including the making of their own wines. Loren brings a sense of aesthetics to winemaking from a career as a classical musician with an impassioned attention to detail and an ability to handle complexity with grace and precision. Wines produced by Tayerle are to be enjoyed! Visit their website for tasting room hours and more details.
Two Mile Wines
Tom, Bill, Adam, Matt, Justin, Justin, Joseph, & Adam
2816 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Nestled in Berkeley, California is a truly unique winery turning brilliant hand-picked fruit into mouth-watering wines that are balanced, focused, and fascinating. Founded in 2006 by eight friends, Two Mile prides itself on a close relationship with their growers (some of the best in California) to create a story and a lifestyle, not just a bottle of great wine. Unpretentious and inviting, Two Mile encourages both wine aficionados and wine novices to indulge. Try their Sangiovese, Sryah or their Central Coast Viogner, which they call "the-red-wine-drinker's-white." In their own words, Two Mile is a winery about "a place; a people; a way."
tel: 510-868-8713 | fax: 510-295-2446
Bob Rawson & Fred Dick
1410 62nd St., Ste B, Emeryville, CA 94608
With the inspiration of another home winemaker turned professional, Fred and Bob started making wine in Bob's garage in 2002 - then in 2006 they decided to give it a go professionally. Based in the East Bay, Urbano Cellars produces food-friendly wines with character and balance, using blends and unique varietals such as Grenache, Tempranillo, Barbera and Sangiovese. In addition, Urbano Cellars balances its collection with classic offerings of Syrah and Zinfandel. They source grapes from small growers that subscribe to sustainable growing practices. All wines are handcrafted in small lots with limited production. Urbano Cellars wines are available at Periscope Cellars tasting room in Emeryville.
tel: 415-806-7155 | fax: 415-515-1379
Urban Legend Cellars
Steve & Marilee Shaffer
621 4th St., Oakland, CA 94607
Tasting Room Open: Fri - Sun 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Urban Legend (\`ər-bən\ \`le-jənd\): 1. A fanciful story that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously. 2. An Oakland cellar capturing the magic of distinctive California grapes in honest wines.
Urban Legend's wines begin with skilled growers who sustainably cultivate fruit that expresses the soul of California's landscapes. The story our wine is about the Old World while embracing the New—full, balanced, distinctive but never strident. Sophisticated without taking itself too seriously. Honest wines. Really!™ Urban Legend Cellars is here where you are, making it easy to explore new flavors and make them part of your experience. Winemakers Steve and Marilee Shaffer believe that wine is too special not to be part of every day, and we craft our vintages to complement good food, good times, and living well.
tel: 510.545.4356 | fax: 510-769-1573
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