Napa and Sonoma…when I first moved to California in 1975 these were the places to go for wine tasting. The pours were free, the streets were not crowded and it was a fun way to spend the day. Fast forward to 2012, traffic is a nightmare, they charge you to drink their tiny tastes and in return you get a snooty attitude.
Fortunately, there are new, up and coming wine areas ready to woo you. Did you know you can take a short ferry ride from San Francisco to the Rosenblum Cellars on Alameda Island? Walk a block from the ferry building and voilà, there’s Rosenblum. On Alameda Island, best known for its shipyards, Rosenblum is a well-kept secret, located next to the docks in an old railroad building amid all the old factory buildings.
They are the Zin masters with over 20 types of the fruity varietal purchased from small artisanal growers. Rosenblum Cellars is earthy, just like their wines, and reflects their terroir, making their wine easily identified among its rivals.
On March 24, 2012, they’re hosting a wine tasting and BBQ for their members only, with tickets being sold for $35 each.
The best part is, you can take a ferry home and not worry about driving. Rosenblum Cellars also has several other events planned (and in the planning stage) each month.
Rosenblum Cellars is part of a larger network of wineries calling themselves the East Bay Vintners Alliance and there are several wineries in their membership. Several tour companies in the San Francisco region offer East Bay Urban Wine Tours, taking you to several of the wineries in the Vintners Alliance for tastings.
Since getting there means traveling on the ferry, make sure to check out the local weather before leaving – there’s a link to the local weather right on Rosenblum’s website!
When I last visited the Bachelor was there-without his fiancé Courtney. I give him credit for having some taste!