Wine country means a lot of things in California, a state with winegrowing regions stretching most of its 800 mile length. For most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, we tend to think of Wine Country as Napa or Sonoma. Increasingly, however, wine country must also include the East Bay. The cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda are now home to dozens of "Urban" wineries that are producing some of California's most sought-after wines. Recently united by an organization known as the East Bay Vintners Alliance, this group of 15 winemakers is holding its third annual Urban Wine Experience event on the second weekend of August.
The 15 East Bay Vintners are:
A Donkey And Goat
Andrew Lane Wines
Lost Canyon Winery
Prospect 772 Wine Company
Two Mile Wines
The Urban Wine Experience is like tasting wine in wine country, just without the wine country (and the long drive to get there). Held At the Meadow at Jack London Square in Oakland, this event offers attendees the opportunity to taste over 50 wines from all 15 members of the Alliance. The event will include food from local restaurants and food purveyors, as well as music from the Cajun All Stars.
Attended by more than 600 people for each of the last two years, this event will likely sell out again, so plan accordingly.
The Urban Wine Experience
The Meadow at Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
( map )
Advance tickets are $45 per person and are available for purchase online. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $60 per person.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to the event. The Lake Merritt BART station is very close to Jack London Square, and a free shuttle service will be offered between the station and the event.
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