Wine, the other red juice, is said to transcend the limits of oak barrels that were once used to hold the original red juice, oak-tree sap. Today's Groupon traces wine from its aging dens to its sipping glasses: for $30, you get a bottle of wine (a $14 value), a $10 gift certificate to Angela’s Bistro and Bar, and one admission to the Summer Open House at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda. Admission is $37.92 if purchased in advance and $45 at the door, giving this Groupon a value of up to $69.
From noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, wine aficionados and still-fermenting novices can sample more than 50 varieties of wine at the family-owned-and-operated winery, while grazing on a hearty sampling of flavorful and fun-sized treats. New and signature wines will be served by the artisan winemakers of Alameda Point Vintners under an aura of the tropically inspired tunes of Michael Sea & Island Fever. Enjoy the winery’s breathtaking views of San Francisco, and drink in the pleasant conversations of fellow oenophiles. Along with the opportunity to discover new local favorites, you'll receive your choice of a bottle to take home. Pick between the Rock Star Blanc or Rock Star Rouge. Each bottle has a value of $14 and is crafted by Rock Wall.
Your Groupon also includes a $10 gift certificate for Angela’s Bar and Bistro, a bright Alameda eatery that serves up a seasonal menu of California-Mediterranean fare, such as the duck-confit strudel ($8), lobster ravioli drizzled with a red-pepper tarragon-champagne sauce ($17), and the slow-braised lamb shank, served with polenta and au jus ($19).
Must be 21 or over.
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. Winemaker Shauna Rosenblum draws 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.