Urban Wine Xperience Pops Corks on Oakland Waterfront
Public invited to celebrate 10 years of urban winemaking with East Bay vintners on Aug. 1
Oakland, Calif., May 29, 2015 – The East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA) will host the 10th annual Urban Wine Xperience (UWX) at 55 Harrison Street in Jack London Square on Aug. 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. East Bay urban wineries will pour a wide array of their white, rosé, red and dessert wines. In addition, tasty bites from award-winning local eateries and food purveyors will be available to pair with wines.
Last year’s event was sold out and tickets are expected to go fast for the 10th anniversary event. Tickets are priced at $45 before June 1, and will be $70 at the door. Wine Club members’ tickets are $35 with promo code. Designated drivers receive discounted tickets at $15. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1626900.
A portion of the proceeds from wine sales will be donated to the Alameda County Food Bank. “The community has given local vintners amazing support for the last 10 years, and we are delighted to return this support in a meaningful way by supporting the food bank. UWX also provides visitors the chance to taste wines from wineries without tasting rooms or that are otherwise only accessible by appointment,” said Steve Shaffer, president of the EBVA and winemaker at Urban Legend.
“This event is a testament to EBVA’s 10th year of being a part of a region that supports and thrives on the unparalleled quality of its local goods,” said Shaffer. “We are thrilled to make quality wines year after year that are sourced from the best grapes in California and produced in urban locations like Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Castro Valley, and Concord.”
From innovative blends to mainstream favorites, the featured local wines range from single varietals such as Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Viognier, to unique blends and even mead (honey wine). The vineyards from which EVBA winemakers source grapes are as far north as Mendocino County to the local Oakland hills, and as far south as Paso Robles.
The EBVA takes patron safety seriously and encourages guests to drink responsibly. The event site is accessible by BART, AC Transit bus line, or ferry. For those driving parking is available at the garage on Harrison and 2nd Street as well as on-street parking.
Participating wineries include: Aubin Cellars, Carica Wines, Chouinard Vineyard and Winery, Dashe Cellars, Jeff Cohn Cellars, Mead Kitchen, R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Rosenblum Cellars, Stage Left Cellars, Paradox Wines, Urban Legend and Urbano Cellars with more wineries set to join.
The East Bay Vintners Alliance
The East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA) is an association representing more than 20 vintners who live and work in what has become known as Urban Wine Country. This region, just minutes from the heart of San Francisco, includes family-owned wineries in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Castro Valley and Concord. Producing wine locally in former warehouses, factories, tanneries and even an airline hangar, these pioneering urban winemakers offer an extraordinary range of varietals from the most popular to the exotic at every price point. For more information visit www.eastbayvintners.com.