We were uplifted by this recent post by Stephen Eliot about Urban Winemakers on the Rise.
If you would like to taste what they are talking about come join us next month for Passport to East Bay Urban Wineries.
‘While the meaning of America’s 21st-century urban winery revival is – by now – a road well-worn, a discussion of the importance of the new urban wine movement is certainly a road less traveled. Today, urban wineries are at the forefront of a new wave of American winemaking sure to have a ripple effect on both American wine culture and commerce,’ so begins this recent article by Ethan Millspaugh for Grape Collective, the site that endaeavors to “tell the stories behind the bottles”. Click here to read the article.
Last night local ABC 7 News aired a highly anticipated segment from Jonathan Bloom about the East Bay undergoing a craft alcohol renaissance with new wineries, breweries and distilleries opening.
In discussing the local urban winery industry they featured East Bay Vintner Alliance members Steve and Marilee Schaffer of Urban Legend in Oakland.
Watch the segment here:
Video source: KGO/ABC 7 News
We are beyond excited to see this come to fruition after being in the works for some time. We were approached by the great editors at Diablo magazine after the ‘buzz’ (their words!) of Urban Wine Xperience, as they wanted to do a feature on urban winemakers and the East Bay’s Urban Wine Country. Diablo, as you may know, is a regional entertainment and lifestyle magazine written for those who live in and love the East Bay. We were truly honored to be asked to discuss our craft, our experiences and wines with them. The article mentions many of our members (it even profiles a few), reviews several EBVA wines in their tasting panel, tells you how you can make a day of wine tasting in the East Bay, as well as points readers to excellent local restaurants who are supportive of local urban wines. The result is a beautiful feature, mentioned on the cover, in what is their annual food-focused issue.
Check out the articles here, or better yet pick up a copy that is on newsstands now.
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 and Alameda. Producing wine locally in former 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.