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Urban Offerings

Experience the growing trend of urban East Bay wineries at upcoming April 2nd event.


Courtesy of Two Mile Wines/Tim O’Meara

Planning a wine-tasting trip usually conjures images of rolling hills and twisted vines—not abandoned aircraft hangars. But with a growing urban wine movement rooted in the 510 area code, a wine-tasting trip is now as easy as hopping on an Oakland-bound BART train.

“Grapes don’t care where they’re crushed,” says Kevin Brown, the winemaker at R&B Cellars in Alameda. “They only care where they’re grown.”

R&B is part of the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance, a group of 23 wineries that is winning awards and appearing on wine lists across the state, even in Napa.

Taste for yourself at Passport to the East Bay Wine Trail on April 2, where 21 wineries will pair their samples with food. Go to eastbayvintners.com for more info, and look for these Diablo favorites.

Serenade in Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc
R & B Cellars

Wine: Smooth and subtle, not too fruity, this white tastes more like a French Sancerre.
Winemakers: Kevin and Barbara Brown are jazz musicians, thus their wines’ musical names.

Baby Doll
Prospect 772

Wine: Crisp and dry, this Rhône-style rosé is almost manly.
Winemakers: Ron Pieretti and Wendy Sanda named their line of wines after personality types such as the Brat and the Instigator.

The Breadwinner
Red Rhone Blend
Stage Left Cellars

Wine: Structured and complex, this blend of four wines was intentional, not a brew of leftovers.
Winemakers: Rich Williams and Melinda Doty’s wines are named after their journey leaving unsatisfying corporate jobs.

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