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Your weekend: Wine and dine at the Rock Wall

Submitted by on 1, June 11, 2009 – 1:00 pmNo Comment

PrintI’ll be honest: I am an unabashed fan of the Rosenblums. Alameda’s first family of wine are darned nice people, they’ve helped out with more local fundraisers and causes than this news reporter can count – and hey, their wines are pretty good, too.

So I have to say I was pretty excited to see that their new Rock Wall Wine Company would be hosting an open house from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, June 13. They’re at 2301 Monarch Street.

Admission is $30 at the door, and the ticket includes tastings of more than 40 wines from Rock Wall plus six other resident wine producers that are housed at Rock Wall’s Alameda Point winery (a tasting room featuring the wineries is set to open in the very near future). The list of participating wineries, by the way, is Blacksmith Cellars, Carica Wines, Ehrenberg Cellars, JRE Wines, R&B Cellars and Virgo Cellars.

The event also includes barrel tastings and winery tours, a chance to meet the winemakers, food from Cafe Zafari Catering (of Angela’s Bistro & Bar) and live music. (And a quick note: It’s 21 and over, so the kids will have to stay home.)

Rock Wall is run by Shauna Rosenblum (dad Kent is listed as a consultant) out of Hangar 24 on Alameda Point. It’s named after a defensive wall that protected the Naval base’s southwestern
exposure, according to the winery’s inaugural newsletter.

The winery bottled its first wines – two Zinfandels, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Petite Sirah, a Tannat and red and white table wines – this past April. (I had the chance to sample I think the Sirah at an event held at Rock Wall a few months back, and it was yummy.)

The Rosenblums are also offering their space, which has a hangar door that opens the whole shebang up to Bay views and can accommodate more than 1,000 people, for events.

For more information, give ’em a call at 522-5700. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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