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 $25, you get a bottle of wine and one admission to the Spring Fling Open House event hosted by Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda, a $54 total value at the door. From noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, wine aficionados and budding wine novices can sample more than 50 varieties of wine while feasting on savory bites catered by Bistro Zafari.
Rock Wall Wine Company celebrates and elaborates upon the reputation of California vintages, spreading the word through the grapevines at various tasting events. The Spring Fling Open House begins by giving wine lovers a complimentary glass before filling sample cups with the effervescence of grown-up grape juice. New and signature wines are served by the Alameda Point Vintners, who offer samples under an aura of live music and the pleasant conversations of fellow oenophiles. Knowledgeable sommeliers provide tours for curious imbibers who seek a better understanding of what they taste, where it comes from, and what its family is like. Fresh bites are also served, which forge a savory relationship with the adventurous sips.
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. Decorate a family wine rack with crystalline tannins or rich vermillion hues worthy of display. Pop it open during a relaxing spring supper while waxing nostalgic over that one time you visited Rock Wall Wine Company.
- In December, the Rosenblums showcased their own Rock Wall Wines along with the other wineries…The event, labeled a holiday bazaar, included the opportunity to take photos with Santa, listen to live music, take winery tours and taste everything from unreleased sparkling Grenache to a Chenin Blanc varietal to late-harvest Zinfandel. – Kate Lavin, Wines & Vines
- In addition to the family specialty, zinfandel, the new winery produces cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah, chardonnay and a sparkling blush wine. – Jeff Mitchell, Sacramento Bee
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.