Winery & Tasting Room
Alameda Winery & Tasting Room

1951 Monarch Street, Hangar 25
Alameda, CA 94501

Tel (510) 452-1800

SF City View Patio open by reservation only

Indoor Tasting Room temporary closed

Wine & Spirits Magazine


94 | Dashe 2018 Dry Creek Valley Florence Vineyard Zinfandel $42

90 | Dashe 2018 Alexander Valley Old Vines Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel $42

93 | Dashe 2018 Eagle Peak Les Enfants Terribles Heart Arrow Ranch Zinfandel $32 


Wine Spectator

On the Bright Side

Showing vibrant fruit character, California’s 2018 Zinfandels can be enjoyed now or cellared

Top Values


Zinfandel California Vineyard Select 2018

Score: 91 | $24

WS Review: Opens with a burst of jammy blackberry fruit and takes on tension and structure, along with toasty sage and pepper, toward refined tannins.

Wine & Spirits Magazine | Wine of the Week



2018 Zinfandel, Heart Arrow Ranch 'Les Enfants Terribles' 

Mike Dashe lists this wine among the “light reds” in his production and, at 13.5 percent alcohol, it is significantly lighter than most contemporary zins. Its strength is in the evocation of a place. It grows in Redwood Valley, part of the Eagle Peak AVA established in 2014. Golden Vineyards owns the 1,000-acre ranch, where it limits the vineyard parcels to 60 acres, the farming certified biodynamic. Dashe ferments the wine as whole berries with some whole clusters and without added yeasts, then ages it in a 900-gallon French oak barrel, bottling with limited sulfur. It tastes as if the yeasts have consumed only enough of the whole berries that the structure and shape of the grape is still intact, allowing light to shine through the skin. Those skins hold bright tannins, thriving with energy, providing thorns to the rose scents and iron to the dark plum and pomegranate flavors. A bottle will go fast as it’s a wine to make you smile. (373 cases)

Wine Spectator

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Zinfandel Eagle Peak Les Enfants Terribles Heart Arrow Ranch 2018

Score: 90 | $32

WS review: A wild berry patch in a bottle, with vibrant cherry, fresh violet and spicy fennel flavors, finishing with zesty tannins. Drink now through 2027. 373 cases made.—Tim Fish

San Francisco Chronicle



Going wine tasting is one of the great Bay Area pastimes. Visiting a winery here is a chance to experience so many of the features that make this region special: the land’s natural beauty, a rich tradition of artisanal craftsmanship and a deep, abiding love for eating and drinking deliciously.

Best of all, world-class wines are now made in all corners of the Bay Area — not just in the famous appellations of Napa and Sonoma counties, but also on mountains overlooking Silicon Valley and in former military bases in the East Bay. Today’s Wine Country consists not only of palatial estates overlooking vineyards but also sleek tasting bars in downtown squares, industrial warehouses and, increasingly, sidewalks and parking lots, as urban wineries adapt to the needs of the COVID-19 era.

A Zinfandel specialist with a light touch located in a former Alameda airplane hangar.

The specialty at Dashe Cellars is Zinfandel — but these balanced, bright, often single-vineyard wines fly in the face of any stereotypes of California Zin as jammy and boozy. The winery relocated in 2019 from Oakland to the area of the former Alameda Naval Air Station known as Spirits Alley, where a cluster of exciting wineries, distilleries and breweries has emerged. Dashe's setup is well suited to COVID safety: There’s ample space outside of its warehouse winery at the southern edge of Alameda island, adjacent to a bird sanctuary and in prime view of the San Francisco skyline. Apart from the Zinfandels, make sure to try some of the wines under Dashe's Les Enfants Terribles label, a collection of crunchy, red-fruited, lightly extracted reds. The winery doesn't serve food, but food trucks come to the patio on Saturdays and Sundays.

Wine Spectator

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'-Our editors select their favorite values from the Golden State, with something for everyone By Keith Newton 

Tim Fish’s Top Picks 

91 | $24 | DASHE | Zinfandel California Vineyard Select 2018
This opens with a burst of jammy blackberry fruit, then takes on tension and structure, offering notes of toasty sage and pepper, with refined tannins. (T.F.)

“Wild Thing is the perfect name for this flavorful value, sourced from barely tamed, gnarly old vineyards and fermented with wild yeast.”

“Culled from the winery’s vineyard sources in Dry Creek Valley, Contra Costa and Clarksburg, this delicious red is ideal for casual meals.”

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Spirits Alley, a collection of craft breweries, wine tasting rooms and artisan distilleries, is situated in what used to be Alameda Naval Air Station. The industrial airplane hangars, dry goods warehouses and massive parking lots sit on the edge of the island and make for an exciting and historical setting with incredible views of San Francisco and the bay, an ideal place to while away a sunny spring afternoon with friends new and old. Enjoy the local offerings alongside an array of food and dining options, including the collection of food trucks that park in close proximity and serve tasty eats all day. Skip the drive and catch the ferry to the San Francisco Ferry Building, then head to Gate E and a 20-minute ride later you’ll arrive at Alameda Main Street Terminal: Spirits Alley is a short walk or bike ride from there.

San Francisco Chronicle



“We are raring to go,” said Mike Dashe, owner of Dashe Cellars in Alameda, a Zinfandel specialist. “We’d been waiting for this announcement.” Still, without a rain covering for his wine garden located in the Naval Air Station, he said he would be delaying the reopening to Feb. 5, in the hopes of clearer skies.

Wineries in the Bay Area, including in Napa and Sonoma, can now reopen for outdoor wine tastings after Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted mandatory stay-at-home orders throughout the state on Monday. But many vintners said they were planning to wait at least a week before hosting visitors again, in part because of heavy rain forecasts.

Some wineries planned a quick turnaround. By Monday afternoon, wine tasters could book Tuesday reservations at tasting rooms like boutique Papapietro Perry in Healdsburg and the edgy Prisoner Wine Co. in St. Helena. Jackson Family Wines, one of California’s largest wine companies, said that 11 of its tasting rooms in Napa and Sonoma counties would open Tuesday, including Freemark Abbey, Cardinale, La Crema and Copain. Others announced plans to reopen later in the week, such as Napa’s millennial-focused Ashes & Diamonds on Wednesday and Sonoma’s upscale Three Sticks on Thursday.

“We are raring to go,” said Mike Dashe, owner of Dashe Cellars in Alameda, a Zinfandel specialist. “We’d been waiting for this announcement.” Still, without a rain covering for his wine garden located in the Naval Air Station, he said he would be delaying the reopening to Feb. 5, in the hopes of clearer skies.

The news was surely welcome to the more than 50 Wine Country businesses, mostly restaurants and wineries, who recently sued Newsom over the outdoor dining ban. Under the new guidelines announced Monday, restaurants may immediately resume outdoor dining in all Bay Area counties except San Francisco, where restaurants must wait until Thursday. California residents are still advised not to travel more than 120 miles from their home.

“This is a huge step in a positive direction,” said Linsey Gallagher, CEO of Visit Napa Valley, which promotes tourism to the county. She cited the success Napa County has had so far with its vaccine rollout — already, more than 14,000 residents, or 10% of the county population, have received a vaccination — as evidence that it’s taking safety seriously.

The rain, however, was already dampening vintners’ excitement. A rain-protected outdoor patio is currently under construction at Three Sticks, said general manager Prema Behan. Until it’s finished — likely in February — they’ll be able to host just three tables at a time.

Jeremy Kreck, winemaker at Mill Creek Vineyards in Healdsburg, anticipated that there would be a mess of tree limbs and debris to clean out after this week’s storms, and planned to start pouring wine for visitors again on Feb. 5.

Tasting rooms are a vital revenue channel for California wineries, especially smaller-scale ones, and this year they became even more essential for those who had depended on wine sales to restaurants and bars. “Our wholesale distribution throughout the country probably on average is down by 50%,” said Dashe. That’s why reopening the tasting room “is crucial to our operation,” he continued, “especially since it has been a bit of a trauma to have it closed during the whole holiday period.”

Tim Colla, winemaker at Saintsbury in Napa, a winery known for its single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, stressed that reopening a tasting room after being shuttered for more than a month can’t always happen overnight. “Our ability to open isn’t necessarily dictated just by the county’s approval,” he said. “We have to reschedule our tasting room staff, take some time to prepare. There’s a lot of leg work.” Coupled with the atmospheric river on the horizon, he expected Saintsbury to get its doors open sometime after the Feb. 7 Super Bowl.

Several other Bay Area vintners gave a similar, early-February timeline for their projected reopenings, including Ridge Vineyards’ two locations in Cupertino and Healdsburg and Wente Vineyards in Livermore.

But after a year of several back-and-forth guidelines on whether and how wineries can be open for tastings, many vintners were trying not to get their hopes up that this new reopening would be permanent — or that it could save their businesses.

“There’s still a lot of hesitation about how excited we can be about it,” said Katie Bundschu, vice president of sales at the massively popular Gundlach Bundschu Winery and owner of Abbot’s Passage Winery, both in Sonoma. “We’ve been down this road before.”

Bunschu expected both properties to reopen in a limited capacity later this week. But she harbored no illusions that it would feel anything close to normal. “We’re still a year or two away from seeing anything like the foot traffic we saw before COVID,” she said. “That’s not going to happen until people start feeling comfortable getting on a plane again.”

The Corkdorks Podcast



Join us on an education adventure into all things wine, spirits, and beer. Our host, Paul Patel, is joined by some of the world's greatest winemakers, distillers, and industry professionals to discuss their careers, industry trends, and all things alcohol!

On this episode of The Corkdorks Podcast, Paul sat down with Anne Dashe, co-founder of Dashe Cellars, to talk about her wine background, the beginnings of her company, natural wine, and more!

Wine Spectator



Zinfandel lovers are a special breed, being so devoted to the signature California grape. They bicker about which regions and wineries make the greatest versions, and debate which Zinfandel style is best: bold and jammy or sleek and supple? But Zin fans of any stripe can find a bottle to enjoy in this week's selection of newly released reds.

Dashe makes Zinfandel in a restrained style, refraining from too much ripeness and showy oak. The winery puts this on display with one of this week's top scorers, a spicy version with black cherry flavors. Winemaker Rene Calderon uses carbonic maceration to give the red extra richness without relying solely on barrel aging.

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Shipping, Pick-up, and Tasting Room updates during the Cornonavirus Outbreak

At Dashe Cellars the health and safety of our guests and employees is of the utmost importance. In light of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we are temporarily closing our tasting room doors.
During this closure, we are offering our customers $10 flat-rate UPS Next-Day-Air now that our Warm Weather Shipping is in Effect, coupon code SUMMERSHIP. No one should have to go without creature comforts when hunkering down. Click Here to place your order in our online store or call (510) 452-1800 x4 and Stephanie can help. You are also welcome to drop by the winery Friday and Saturday from 1-4:00 to pick-up wine or schedule a $0 At-Home-Delivery, simply select "Pick-up" or "At-Home-Delivery" at checkout. 
We will continue to monitor and work with guidelines from health authorities, and will evolve our policies accordingly.
Thank you for continuing to support local businesses—in this difficult time we all need to help mitigate the effects of closures, etc. so that we have products and restaurants to return to when this is all over. We are all in this together! Stay safe.
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