DASHE CELLARS RELOCATED TO A HISTORIC AIRPLANE HANGAR IN ALAMEDA POINT'S SPIRITS ALLEY
Local Oakland winemakers Anne and Michael Dashe will be taking their urban winery, Dashe Cellars, from Jack London Square to 1951 Monarch St, STE 300 on “Spirits Alley” in Alameda. When the space became available in Alameda Point alongside fellow vintners and beverage enthusiasts Rockwall Winery, Hangar One, St. George Spirits, and Faction Brewing—and in the same building as Urban Legend Winery—Anne and Mike couldn’t resist making the move. “When we saw the view of the San Francisco skyline and sailboats sailing in the backyard, we knew that we needed to jump on the space,” said Mike Dashe.
The 18,000 square-foot space has room for fermenting barrels, tanks, their infamous “Black Bart” concrete egg used to ferment Chenin Blanc, and the massive oak foudres that Anne and Mike imported from Anne’s home country of France. The Tasting Room will be inside the hangar, carved out of a portion of the barrel room in the cellar. Plans have been drawn to build a deck where people can enjoy the view while sipping on wines by the glass. By design, the new winery will be a kid- and dog-friendly space, a welcoming destination for the whole family.
In their 23 years since they founded Dashe Cellars, Mike and Anne blended their passion for winemaking with their love of the San Francisco Bay Area. In a somewhat controversial decision 15 years ago, they bypassed the bucolic scenes of lush vineyards for a warehouse in Jack London Square, then transformed it into a world-class facility and destination spot in Oakland.
During the final weeks of their tenure in Oakland, Anne and Mike will host several going away celebrations at their winery on Jack London Square. Check out their website, www.dashecellars.com for more information and save the date for the weekend of May 11th for the last hurrah from noon--6:00. At the party, Anne and Mike will be featuring their famous Zinfandels, the Wine-Club favorite red blends ‘The Comet’ & ‘Ancient Vines’, their biodynamically-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon, and their line of lighter style “Les Enfants Terribles’ wines along with their Methode Champenoise Sparkling wine.
Opening day in Alameda will be following on Saturday, May 18th where they’ll have a pop-up tasting bar either in the cellar, or out on the crush pad overlooking the bay; whichever Mother Nature will allow. Dashe Cellars plans to offer pre-made cheese and charcuterie options and hopes to partner with local food trucks once their permanent tasting room is up and running.
Dashe Cellars is open Thursday-Sunday 12-6p.m. at 55 4th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 until the final weekend of May 11th. Starting on May 18th, they will be open Thursday-Sunday 12-6p.m. at 1951 Monarch St, ste 300, Alameda CA 94501.