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Alameda Wine Company holds Bastille birthday bash

Submitted by on 1, July 14, 2009 – 9:00 amNo Comment

41The Alameda Wine Company – that little wine bar next door to the Alameda Theatre – is celebrating its first anniversary tonight with a Bastille Day birthday bash.

The party goes from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the $10 price of admission includes a number of Island delicacies, including barbecue from Rahn Sibley; fresh, shucked oysters from JP Seafood; French cheeses from Cheese Works West; summer fruit from Dan’s Fresh Produce; and chocolate truffles from NK Chocolates.

They’re also offering $2 beers and $3 glasses of wine. Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Animal Shelter, Midway Shelter, Alameda Education Foundation, and Alameda Family Service League, and additional donations are gladly accepted.

Sounds like owner Karen Ulrich has had a tough year, between the economy and issues with the city that include a failed bid to get the city, which is her landlord, to reduce her hours. Ulrich wrote in her party notice that the city tried “no less than five times this year to terminate my lease”; Dorene Soto, the city’s business development manager, denied that’s the case, saying Ulrich has had “some violations in her lease” but that the city and Ulrich are working through them.

“I think she’s done an excellent job her first year,” Soto said. “She’s generated some foot traffic, which is what we wanted.”

The wine bar’s official address is at 2315 Central Avenue, and their phone number is 523-WINE.

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