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Wine tasting in downtown Oakland?

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 10:05:11

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December 28, 2003
...our wine tasting group with our wives went wine tasting yesterday on the downtown Oakland Urban Wine Trail.

We started at Rosenblum Cellars which is across from the Jack London Harbor Ferry stop. They had the best wine of the day - generous pours and a nice comfortable space with views of the water. At least 3 people joined their wine club with it's many events and free tastings.

The best thing about this wine trail is that we walked from winery to winery and they were all not very crowded on a Saturday afternoon. None charged more than $15 for a tasting and all applied it to a purchase.

After lunch at the Oakland Grill in the produce market, we went to Cerutti Cellars. Here they had a big room in the back with a band playing 80's dance music (on the first Saturdays of the month). The wine was ok but we had a great time.

Next was Urban Legend Cellars. They had a lot of unusual wines. I think I liked their barbera the best.

Finally we went to Dasche Cellars known for their zinfandels. Two of them were very good. They had a large patio outside with a guy playing music.

Finally we went to Desco, an Italian restaurant a few blocks uptown, for dinner.


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RE: Wine tasting in downtown Oakland?, posted on June 5, 2017 at 11:45:28

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Ah, Oakland. Learned a little about it as I was trying to find my way to the airport. At the fourth stop to ask for directions (this is after the convenience store and after the liquor store), I asked the police officer who was working a "scuffle" with injuries how to get there.

Made it just in time. I'm done with Oakland. No more MLK Ave. From now on, it's 880.



Have you been to Jeff Cohn's tasting room?, posted on June 6, 2017 at 13:20:01

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I've enjoyed quite a few of his wines over the years.


I was there a few years ago..., posted on June 6, 2017 at 19:01:07

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...he shared the room with Dasche.

Now Cohn's in the process of moving the tasting room to Sonoma so we missed him.

Cohn was the winemaker at Rosenblum back in the day making all of those luscious zinfandels.

We used to go to some of the quarterly Rosenblum open houses at their big warehouse in Alameda - they had a band, food and 32 wines to taste.

In 2008 Diageo bought them and raised all the prices. Last year they spun it off to Bronco.

Now Kent Rosenblum is coming back to make their wines again.


RE: Wine tasting in downtown Oakland?, posted on June 8, 2017 at 09:59:58

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Next try Berkeley-
Donkey & Goat, Broc Cellars - and there are a few others in that 4th st wine ghetto
Happy Listening


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