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.”
2016 Dry Rosé of Barbera, Clarksburg
There is no greater joy than a sipping cool, crisp pale rosé on a warm day. The lovely complex flavors of the wine, the crisp acidity balancing the round texture of the wine, and at the end, the clean, lovely, fruity finish of the wine. We love rosés and have for many years since we first tasted a crisp, dry rosé in the south of France, at a restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, over 25 years ago.
- Mike Dashe
Thank you to Mary Olin for the wonderful write-up on our Late Harvest Zinfandel! While our Wine Club Members purchased the last remaining 2014, our 2015 vintage is sure to please!
Mary Orlin is the wine and food writer for the Bay Area News Group and a James Beard Award and Emmy award-winning journalist, Certified Sommelier and WSET Advanced certified wine professional and frequent wine judge. Prior to joining the newspaper group in 2014, Mary contributed to local and national wine publications, and produced the wine TV show "In Wine Country" on NBC for nine seasons. Mary's journalism career began at CNN in Atlanta. She enjoys cooking and traveling throughout the world's great wine regions.
Let's face it: the last few months of 2016 have been a rollercoaster. Why don't you let us do the shopping for you and help take the edge off.
Our 2016 GIFT GUIDE has something for every wine lover. All gift packs come elegantly wrapped in a complimentary black gift box.
Orders must be placed by December 19th to ensure delivery by December 25th!
Couldn’t make it to our sold-out Paella Fiesta last weekend? Instead of airmailing you the leftovers, we thought we'd send you some Dashe wines instead!
As a thank you for such a great event, we are extending the Fiesta discount now through November 21st. That's 25% off all case orders (12 bottles or more) of any combination of wines using discount code ZINFANDEL2016.