Thank you, Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine, for the wonderful article. We've been making single-vineyard zinfandels for over twenty years; our goal has always been to create elegant wines with intense fruit flavors that are long-lived and well balanced and we very much appreciate that you've included us in your list of outstanding zinfandels!
Click Here to learn more about Sunset Magazine's pick, our 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch.
WHY YOU SHOULD PUT ZINFANDEL BACK IN YOUR WINE ROTATION
BY SARA SCHNEIDER
Wine fads come, and wine fads go. I remember as if it were yesterday a colleague saying, “Hey, I’m interested in this Merlot I’ve been hearing about!” (That was about 25 years ago, and we all know how that turned out.) One California wine, though, has survived the crushing vicissitudes of history: It’s Zinfandel, and it’s having a new, and notable, moment as one of the state’s most interesting reds.
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Welcome to Wine Country! Oakland's Urban Wine Trail is wine country with an urban twist. Stop by our winery while traveling the trail for a chance to see winemaking in action. Our Tasting Room is right in the middle of our Winery... come harvest-time you'll be able to see the grapes and smell the fermentation!
ALE, WINE TRAILS REVEAL OAKLAND'S UNIQUE LOCAL FLAVOR
Imagine tasting wines in unusual spaces like renovated warehouses, art galleries and on a waterfront on an estuary. When you follow the Oakland Urban Wine Trail, that’s exactly what you’ll discover, with nine wineries set in the city proper, including popular destinations like Jack London Square and the historic Swan’s Market.
As a collaboration between the Visit Oakland tourism organization and winemakers of Oakland, the entire trail can be toured over a relaxing two or three days, including time to eat at area restaurants, visit art galleries, and shop at local boutiques in between tastings.
The 2017 vintage is shaping up to be quite a beautiful one in the vineyards. Mike and Anne Dashe take the newest members of the Dashe Team; Tasting Room Manager Clara Willard, and Wine Club Manager Stephanie Sawyer, on a springtime field trip to see the magic in action.
Anne Dashe and our Tasting Room Manager Clara at our first stop, the West Vineyard. Tom West purchased these vines in the 1970's, they were originally planted by Simi Winery, these grapes are featured in our 2014 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley.
This vineyard is a favorite of our Wine Club Members, the Louvau Vineyard. Vintner Linda Louvau lovingly takes care of these head-trained petite sirah vines, and that care shows in the quality of grapes. Taste the last of our goldilocks-vintage 2012 Petite Sirah, Louvau Vineyard before it's gone.
Mike Dashe, ready to take the team up the steep hillside of the Bella Vineyard. Enjoy our 2015 Late-Harvest Zinfandel, Lily Hill Vineyard? This is where it comes from!
Whew! No wonder the team needed to hop in the people-mover to see the vineyard, look at that incline!
Recognize that red dirt? On a steep hillside with iron-rich soil, this is our infamous Todd Brothers Ranch. The vineyard is home to 55-year-old zinfandel vines and 20-year-old petite sirah. Curious?
The historic Bedrock Vineyard was planted in 1888, incredible!
At 5'2, our Wine Club Manager Stephanie was just barely taller than these crazy, head-trained, old-vine carignane vines at the Bedrock Vineyard. The grapes grown by these vines create a third of the blend in our 'Ancient Vines", Bedrock Vineyard.
Spring Garden Pickup Party - SOLD OUT
Call (510)452-1800 or email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket requests.
Join us for an afternoon in the Wine Garden where the wine will be flowing, the chef will be frying (chicken and waffle bites!), and the band will be playing. Plus you'll be able to taste the wines in your allocation without opening a bottle.
DATE: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Wonderful to meet you Jim and thank you for the write-up!
EXPLORING OAKLAND'S UNIQUE URBAN WINE TRAIL
BY JIM BYERS
We start at Dashe, which grows its grapes up north but does all the crushing and bottling at their location on Fourth St., just a few steps from the busy 880 Freeway. We try a lovely, dry Riesling and a wonderful Carignane red wine from 130-year-old vineyards. They also do a great Petite Sirah.
Clara Willard, the tasting room manager, tells us they only use French oak barrels for aging as they’re trying for more of a light, European style of wine versus some of the heavy California varieties winemakers often favour.
“We get a lot of folks from Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda,” she tells us. “They don’t want to drive to go wine-tasting, so they like to come here and hang out with friends.”