Sample award-winning wines aged in French oak barrels and made from grapes grown in the vineyards that make the property so picturesque
Carmel Valley Village
Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards
Heller Estate Organic Vineyards
Carmel Valley Village
$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards
Sample 7 wines, including the Black Mountain chardonnay with notes of pear, quince and pineapple, or the bold Pedregal cabernet sauvignon
50% Off Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Clos LaChance Wines
Clos LaChance Wines
Duos sample five decadent chocolates along with five premium Clos LaChance wines after staff member explains pairing and winery
Half Off Wine Tastings at Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room
Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room
Sip on reserve wines crafted by master winemaker Scott Harvey before taking home a bottle of zinfandel, barbera, or syrah
Up to 58% Off Wine-Tasting Membership
Napa Valley Passport
Access free tastings, discounts, and special promotions at Napa Valley wineries
Up to 55% Off Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball
Sol Rouge Winery
Sample French-inspired wines and play leisurely games of bocce ball at Sol Rouge's winery tasting room on Treasure Island
78% Off In-Home Wine-Tasting Party with 6 Bottles
Wines For Humanity San Francisco
Six bottles of wine are delivered to your doorstep, and a professional wine advisor walks you and up to 15 guests through a wine tasting
$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Six Bottles of Reserve Wine
For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off six bottles of wine from the reserve selection.
39% Off Wine-and-Chocolate Pairing
Wine educators guide guests through tastings of red and white wines paired with local chocolates
39% Off Wine Tasting
Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden
Outdoor patio and garden harbors guests who sip on flights of wine and nibble complementary cheeses
Up to 72% Off Wine Tasting & Bottles
Mountain View Winery
In a brand-new tasting room, guests leisurely sample a selection of wines, learn about the winery, and take home a bottle of wine each
Up to Half Off Wine Tasting with Take-Home Bottles
Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery
Visitors sample a number of vintages, including a chilled rosé, an aromatic majenas, and a fruity malvasia bianca
Up to 51% Off Wine Tasting
Windmill Ridge Winery
Husband and wife team pour samples of their favorites wines at their beautiful 3.8-acre vineyard
$5 Buys You a Coupon for 3 Seriously Great Summer Wines From...
For $5, receive a coupon for 3 seriously great summer wines from sonoma-loeb for $40
50% Off Tasting at Napa Valley Distillery
Napa Valley Distillery
Guests sip craft spirits and learn about the creation process, as well as the history of the type of spirits they are tasting
Half Off Chocolate and Wine
Vintage Sweet Shoppe
Duos sip expertly paired chocolates & wines at marble-style tabletops, then nibble signature handcrafted truffles & dipped strawberries
$5 Buys You a Coupon for 50% Off Wine With Purchase at Spann...
Spann Vineyards Tasting Room
For $5, receive a coupon for 50% off a bottle of wine with purchase of a bottle of wine from the tasting menu, plus a wine tasting
Up to 55% Off Sonoma Food & Wine Tour
San Francisco Wine Group
Guided food and wine walking tours through historic downtown Sonoma cover up to 7 tasting rooms and restaurants over about 2.5 hours
Up to 56% Off Black Pine Wine Tasting
R2 Wine Company
A pair of winemaking brothers regale tasting-room guests with a take-home bottle of Black Pine, a high-quality pinot noir
Up to 55% Off Wine and Chocolate in St. Helena
Rutherford Ranch Winery
Gourmet chocolates flecked with cherry, lemon, toffee, and chili pepper pair with wines produced on a Napa Valley family-owned winery
50% Off Wine Tasting for Two and $10 Towards a Bottle of Wine
Folks tipple their way through six 2-ounce pours of the winery's own varietals; includes $10 toward bottle
Up to 43% Off a Microbrewery Tour
Duos or groups of up to 12 ride a refurbished vintage school bus to local microbreweries, where they sample beers and tour the facilities
Up to 54% Off a Wine Tasting at E2 Family Winery
E2 Family Winery
Sample wine from six generations of winemakers and take home several bottles to sip later
50% Off Wine-Tasting Experience
Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery
Three generations of the Weibel family have overseen the vineyard, where they practice Old World winemaking techniques
44% Wine Tasting at Abundance Vineyard
Taste up to five wines at this 50-year-old winery before taking home a bottle
Up to 58% Off Wine Tasting at Watts Winery
Wine tasting gives guests the chance to try out some new pours before they head home with bottles of delicious Upstream wine
Up to 52% Off Tapas at Vinedos Aurora at Pamplona Tapas
Vinedos Aurora at Pamplona Tapas
Hot and cold tapas such as crab-stuffed peppers and lamb chops with mango-mint glaze pair with local wines
Up to 61% Off Wine Tasting at Fields Family Wines
Fields Family Wines
Wine tastings give customers a chance to try vintages such as the Old Vine zinfandel, tempranillo, and organically grown syrah
On bike tours with Gears and Grapes Getaways, groups cycle through the iconic Napa Valley, internationally recognized as one of the nine Great Wine Capitals in the world, and the slightly-more-indie Sonoma Valley, home to nearly every type of grape grown in California.
Groups typically stop at four boutique wineries during the tours, pausing at midday for a gourmet picnic lunch. Those who get tired of pedaling or who want to pretend they're on a stakeout can hop on the shuttle that follows close behind at any time. Guides also take visitors on tours of wineries and breweries in San Francisco proper.
After immigrating to America early in the 20th century, Emilio Guglielmo saved up for years before he was able buy a plot of land for his winery in 1925. In the years since, three generations of his family have run the vineyard and kept its Old World style alive. Large wooden beams, stone walls, and terracotta tiles surround guests in the tasting room, where they can sample carefully selected vintages. Each year, the winery produces nearly 40,000 cases, including the award-winning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Petite Sirah, each of which took home gold medals in San Francisco’s International Wine Competition.
Now that eating on an ordinary table or atop a stack of Chinese acrobats seem horribly passé, adventurous foodies are seeking the next unconventional dining experience. Today's Groupon puts a little motion under your meal with two gourmet dinners on the Napa Valley Wine Train for $99 (a $198 value for dinner, $188 value for lunch). Treat yourself and a loved one to a three-hour ride through Napa Valley on an antique locomotive engine, accompanied by a delicious gourmet meal in lieu of the traditional mysterious murder.
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.
Welcome to the East Bay’s Premier Wine shop and Lounge. We offer over 400 wines for purchase in the specialty retail shop and 35+ wines by the glass, taste or bottle in our wine lounge. We pride ourselves on service, and our knowledgeable staff.
Stomp! clobbers cravings with the one-two gastro-punch of an extensive global wine list complemented by a carefully constructed food menu heavy on small plates and high-concept American fare. Enjoy grape-loaded gulps of the Spanish white Nora Albariño ($9 per glass) or the Edna Valley Tolosa pinot noir ($12 per glass) on their own, or supplement your sips with an order of small-plate fare, such as stuffed eggs, which partner nature's most mouth-ready projectile with Serrano ham, capers, dijon mustard, and shallots ($4). Spicy shrimp empanadas
tickle tongues alongside creamy avocado mole and crushed pumpkin seeds ($9), and an Italian sandwich ($8) uses prosciutto, salami, fresh mozzarella, arugula, and aged balsamic to evoke the culinary cunning and gondolier-fueled sing-alongs of Italy without the lingering threat posed by rickety leaning towers. On Tuesdays, epicures and aerialists can sashay over the Stomp! threshold for Flight Night, during which— for a flat fee of $12—they can enjoy a trio of wines alongside artisanal meats and cheeses while making airplane noises or miming the waterfowl of their choice.
The Alameda County Fair Association provides entertainment through daily horse races, live music concerts, food, kids' attractions, competitive exhibits, livestock awards, and more. Bring family, friends, and ribbon-worthy swine to enjoy activities like pig races, tractor races, dog races, food-eating races, and an anticlimactic petting-zoo race. This year's fair boasts an eclectic lineup of performers, such as the renowned Beatles cover band BeatleMajesty, Grand Funk Railroad, Lonestar, and War. The range of activities at the fastest-growing fair in America is so vast, it makes the great plains seem like the plain plains.
Owner Jeff Cohn of JC Cellars has always been interested in the world of wine, but it wasn't until he tasted a Chateauneuf-du-Pape that the cosmos unfurled before him. "To go from tasting only single varietals to a blend really opened my eyes," he wrote in his bio. He started crafting his own wines and tinkering with production methods, experimenting with different yeast strains. Cohn eventually produced the 2003 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel, which was named number three on Wine Spectator's Top 100 List—the first time a California Zinfandel had even been in the top 10.
Now, Cohn curates a roster of 21 vintages based on Rhone grape varietals at JC Cellars. The wines are the product of both his own production techniques and time-tested French methods. Visitors to the cellars can gaze upon the aging barrels during tastings led by seasoned wine educators, before taking a bottle home to christen a life-size replica of the Millennium Falcon.
Bluxome Street Winery is a celebration of California winemaking history. More than a century ago, SOMA—then called South of the Slot—was the center of new-world wineries. To pay homage to that legendary time, Bluxome draws upon rustic decor and old-school practices, such as sourcing high-quality fruit from small, meticulously farmed vineyards.
Bluxome also extends its reach to a Balinard vineyard in Russian River. There, three acres of pinot noir clones grow in an organic environment, producing the fruit that composes Bluxome’s aromatic, smooth, and electric wines that linger on the palate and pair perfectly with steak.
The last Saturday of every month sees the winery explode into a community-focused farmers market filled with artisan food vendors. Pinot in hand, visitors are free to roam among vendors such as Sinful Salt and Crescent Farm, tasting the honey of Gerard’Z Honeybees and the jam of Grandma’s Homemade. This eclectic gathering is perhaps a reason readers of the San Fransisco Bay Guardian named Bluxome one of the Best Wineries in 2013.
The history of Ceja Vineyards dates back the 1950s, when Pablo Ceja, then working in St. Helena vineyards, dreamed of owning his own land where his ever-expanding family could grow their own grapes and make their own wine. Fueled by this dream for a better life for his children, Pablo moved his family from Mexico to the Napa Valley in 1967. Fortunately, 2 of his 10 children, Pedro and Armando, inherited his passion for wine and belief in hard work. When they were old enough, Pedro and Armando planted their first pinot-noir grapes in 1986 and, 13 years later, officially founded Ceja Vineyards with their wives and children. Today, the Cejas' operation boasts 113 producing acres and a chic wine-tasting salon where guests can enjoy sips of the vineyard’s red and white varietals, artisan cheeses, gourmet food items, and featured works from local artists.
In good Ceja tradition, Pedro and Armando’s kids are now beginning to purple their feet in the family business as well. Pablo’s family has undoubtedly made him proud; they’ve done much since their humble beginnings in St. Helena. The family hopes their story of hope and determination surfaces in every sip of their lovingly cultivated wines.
Walking into The Ultimate Lounge is like taking a time machine to a trendy club opening 50 years in the future. The lounge's colorful lighting emanates not just from its ceiling and walls but also from its glowing tables and chairs. A high level of energy always infuses the spot thanks to danceable music and theme nights that create mingling opportunities, from Sports Mondays to Singles Sundays to Vanity Fridays, when music from around the world pumps up the club. It's likely that guests will hear Indian influences in that collection of world music, considering The Ultimate Lounge's menu, which features a wide range of Indian food. Diners can choose full plates like barbecue lamb kebabs or lighter fare and street-food bites such as lahsoon naan or aloo nazakat's cheese-filled potatoes.
While most 21-year-olds are content to just sit in a bar and drink beer, Mike Johannsen was a bit more active about his newly legal status. As soon as he came of age, he started brewing in his dorm room at CalPoly San Luis Obispo. Over the years, he has explored almost every angle of the business, from equipment maintenance to cellaring, packaging, and quality assurance. In 2013, he founded Schubros Brewery alongside Ian Schuster, a London Business School grad and craft beer aficionado.
In the short time that Schubros has been operational, they have already done a lot to distinguish themselves from other breweries. For starters, all their brews are organic: varietals include Diablo Sunrise, a chocolate-orange imperial stout, and 680 IPA, a mahogany ale with notes of caramel and toffee.
Schubros also gives 1% of their profits to various local organizations. Customers can go online to vote on where the money should go each quarter; options include environmental groups, school districts, and fire departments.
Pro Tip: Bring your friends, bring the kids, bring your appetite for good food, music, brews, and bring sunblock
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Classic cars, crafts, Microbrews, Music,
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Newark's sixth annual SummerFest assembles the best pieces of previous seasons into a single incredible street festival. The prime attraction continues to be a full, two-day line-up of live musicians with craft brewers in surrounding stalls pouring their creations. The marketplace features more than a few brews, though. Artists and crafters peddle their wares, and local community service organizations put together exhibits where guests can learn about their missions. As always, auto enthusiasts can find a selection of classic cars on display, metallic muscle carefully restored and preserved. Kids, on the other hand, can find entertainment suiting their tastes in the KidZone play area, which features inflatable playsets.
In the current landscape of big-box stores and chain restaurants, many fear the dissolution of the small business. The worry is understandable, as many of these local ventures are what give cities, towns, and neighborhoods their distinctive flavor. It doesn't help that, on average, only 13% of the money spent at corporately-owned emporiums actually finds its way back to the community. This means that 87% of the dollars spent find themselves in a faraway bank account with nothing but a distant memory of the newborn pennies they left behind at home. When people give local shops and restaurants their business, however, an average of 45% of their money goes toward keeping the area and its unique culture thriving.
Fueled by this understanding, the folks at Localize It! helm The Alameda Summer Stroll, an evening of neighborhood appreciation, art, and live music. During certain days throughout the season, participants meander along several streets of the bay-adjacent burg to peruse the goods from local operations and sample locally crafted food, beer, and wine. They can even participate in a wine tasting and food pairings, as well as take advantage of discounts at area restaurants, such as Pasta Pelican, Calafia Taqueria, and East Ocean Seafood Restaurant. Along the way, neighborhood crawlers can stop to take in the musical strains of Jim Parodi and Friends or admire masterpieces by local Alameda and Oakland artists.
From the cabernet-hued curlicues on the carpets to the gilded columns and soaring ceilings, the Alameda Theatre is steeped in history. During the Second World War, soldiers crowded in to watch films in the auditorium, which also has spent stints as a practice area for rock bands and as a skating rink. The theater was recently brought out of dormancy with an extensive renovation project that restored the glow to its art-deco façades and towering neon sign. Gold leaf, some still intact from the building’s construction in 1932, leads eyes up to a screen 50 feet in width.
A packed schedule of first-run films flickers to life on the big screen, with showings in 3-D letting audiences see explosions leap from the flat surface or watch pieces of the Hulk’s hard-to-program VCR fly past. The historic theater also showcases classic films such as The Graduate or The Wild One every week, and hosts a talent show every Friday and Saturday evening.