Wine experts are known for their ability to identify a wine's subtle flavors, a feat they accomplish by defragmenting the molecules with the bonus taste buds in their livers. Trust their gut with this Groupon.
- $60 for admission for two to Urban Paradise, plus two $20 gift certificates for wine tastings (a $140 value)
On Saturday, August 24th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Rockwall Wine Company's event organizers invite guests to join them for an afternoon of wine-tasting, food pairings, and live music. They're putting their entire portfolio of more than 30 varieties on display, including 8 brand new wines. Furthermore, each sample of vino comes with an accompanying snack designed to bring out the wine's flavors. These finger foods will be cooked by chefs from establishments such as Royal Egyptian Cuisine, Asena, Bombzie's BBQ, Cafe Q, and Scolari's Good Eats.
In addition to sampling, guests will have the opportunity to meet the winemaker, tour the cellars, and simple enjoy the views of the San Francisco skyline. They can also take advantage of the complimentary photo booth and a sensory bar of aromas. After the event, they'll be able to take home a souvenir wine glass to commemorate the occasion.
Rock Wall Wine Company
Alameda Naval Air Base's Building 24 once housed the latest fighter craft, ready to leap over the stone tidal wall to the south and enter World War II's Pacific Theater. Now the facility's vast, climate controlled interior serves a gentler purpose. It hosts the father and daughter winemaking team, founders and industry veterans Kent and Shauna Rosenblum, who draw grapes from all of California's richest soils to mix and ferment them on San Francisco's doorstep. Taking inspiration from the harbor fortifications still visible in the surf, they call themselves Rock Wall Wine Company.
They put the full 40,000 square feet of the former hangar to use, fermenting grapes in the cellar, loading and draining barrels, and hosting events to show off their collection of more than 30 wines. When they roll up the doors, views extend to the San Francisco skyline, a sunny vision which pairs nicely with Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Napa Valley or Zinfandel harvested in Contra Costa County. The combinations of grapes from all over the state have won a steady stream of awards.