Another Wine Blog is giving away two tickets to the East Bay Vintners Alliance Sixth Annual “Passport to Urban Wine Country” scheduled for March 15-16, 2014 in the East Bay area of California.
The East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA), whose members include wineries in Oakland, Alameda, Castro Valley and Berkeley — as well as a few Napa Valley wines — will open their doors to the public for tastings, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment next weekend from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s the ultimate don’t miss ‘locovore’ weekend, when our urban winemakers hold open house to welcome visitors to explore and discover the incredible array of high-quality and unique varietals produced right here in the midst of the Bay Area,” said Fred Dick, president of the EBVA.
Passport holders can taste locally made wines from 20-plus professional East Bay winemakers, ranging from single varietals such as Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Viognier to some uncommon blends. We’re told even mead will be served to those who wish to step back into the Renaissance-area to taste a bit of wine made from honey. Source vineyards span the Bay area and beyond, from as far north as Mendocino County to the local Oakland hills, and as far south as Paso Robles.
Passport also provides visitors an opportunity to visit wineries not normally open to the public or open by appointment only. These wineries are housed in an array of urban settings from former airplane hangars to re-purposed warehouses.
Participating wineries include Aubin Cellars, Carica Wines, Cerruti Cellars, Campovida, Chouinard Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Eno, Ehrenberg Cellars, Irish Monkey Cellars, JC Cellars, Lusu Cellars, Mead Kitchen, Paradox Wines, Periscope Cellars, R & B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Rosenblum Cellars, Stage Left Cellars, Two Mile Wines, Urban Legend and Urbano Cellars.
Each participating location will offer appetizers to pair with the wines.
Tickets are priced at $40 for one day and $65 for two days. Tickets may be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/556618. To encourage responsible drinking, designated drivers pay only $10. Additional service fees may apply.
What Do You Do to Win?
Readers can post a comment here, on the Another Wine Blog Facebook page or to @AnotherWineBlog on twitter, telling us why you want to attend, by Thursday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. We shall choose one winner who will receive 2 weekend passes to the event* and announce the winner on Friday, March 14th. Please provide a link to an email address where we can contact you about the passes. Please use hastag #AWBUrbanPassport on twitter.
The East Bay Vintners Alliance
The East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA) is an association representing more than 20 vintners who live and work in what has become known as Urban Wine Country. This region, just minutes from the heart of San Francisco, includes family owned wineries in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and Castro Valley. Producing wine locally in former factories, tanneries and even an airline hangar, these pioneering urban winemakers offer an extraordinary range of varietals from the most popular to the exotic at every price point. For more information visit www.eastbayvintners.com.
*Winner gets 2 passes to the Passport weekend event. Airfare, transportation and lodging are not included.