Join us for a tour in the heart of Urban Wine Country. Learn about our vineyards, production methods, stories from the harvest, and tasting notes as we explore the cellar and the journey from grape to glass!
Tour topics and wines change with the season and the day to day life of our working winery. After the tour, enjoy a seated tasting consisting of side-by-side comparisons of our limited single-vineyard and specialty wines.
This semiprivate experience is limited to 7 people per tour, advance reservations are necessary.
Grape to Glass tours are offered Fridays at 5:00 and Saturdays 2:00
NEW BAY AREA WINERIES AND TASTING ROOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR THIS FALL
BY ESTHER MOBLEY
Dashe: This longtime fixture of the East Bay wine scene recently moved from Oakland to the Alameda neighborhood known as Spirits Alley, home to Rock Wall Wine Co., St. George Spirits, Hangar One and more. Mike and Anne Dashe were making restrained, lighter, lower-alcohol wines long before they were cool, and have an especially deft hand with Zinfandel.
1951 Monarch St., Hangar 25, Alameda. www.dashe cellars.com. Tastings 1-7 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., no appointment necessary. $15-$35.
The Bay Area has seen a number of new winery tasting rooms open within the past year, and they’re not all located in what you’d traditionally define as Wine Country. The urban winery scene in the East Bay continues to grow stronger, with newcomers in Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda, all offering small-lot wines in industrial-chic settings that are easily accessible by public transportation. Many of the new tasting rooms belong to established wineries, a testament to the growing importance of direct-to-consumer wine sales for these businesses.
VISITING DASHE CELLARS IN ALAMEDA
BY JOHN KOENIG
Alameda is becoming a wonderful place for winetasting! Monarch Street can be host to an entire day of tasting. On this fine summer day, we visited Dashe Cellars in their new location.
After wonderful tasting at Urban Legend Cellars, we stepped next door (literally, they share a wall) to Dashe Cellars. We were immediately greeted by wine guide Jiliane who set us up for our tasting at one of the numerous high-top tables set along the tasting bar and barrel stacks. Her enthusiasm was so infectious; we were having fun before the first wine reached our glass!
Stop by our new location! Starting on July 18th, we'll be open Thursday-Sunday from 1:00-7:00.
Grab some friends and join us for a flight of wines in our unique, urban tasting room located in a historic airplane hangar on Alameda Point. Inside, you’ll try some world-class wines — without the long trip up to wine country — served by our knowledgeable and welcoming staff while having an opportunity to see the winemaking process in action! Our tasting room is located among barrels, right in the middle of our winemaking area. Once you step inside our urban winery, you’ll be wrapped in the sweet smell of wine aging in barrels and be amazed by the rows of oak barrels and tanks that surround you. Enjoy a glass of wine outside, where you'll have an amazing view of the San Francisco bay complete with passing sailboats and the city skyline. We welcome walk-ins, or click the link below to make a reservation.
Whether this is your first or 50th wine tasting, we are committed to giving you a warm and informative experience in the heart of Urban Wine Country!
Finding us can be a bit of a challenge the first time. As you approach building 25 from Monarch St., our entrance is on the far right (or west) side of the building. Enter through our gate and proceed to back of the building. On the back of the building is an opening into the cellar, that's us! If your navigation app drops you at the gate next to the old tower building, just proceed though the gate and drive diagonally to the right. It can be tricky to find at first, but your visit will be well worth it!
AROUND THE ISLAND: TRY ALAMEDA'S TOP 10 SUMMER TO-DO LIST
BY SARAH HENRY
Sampling new eateries, stand-up paddleboarding, biking to bay some of many options
Hello summer, we are ready for you! As the days get a little longer, the weather a little warmer and the kids a lot more restless, we want to help kick off your summer with a Top 10 list of things to explore on the Island.
Check out a new business. J Gallerie on Webster offers unique furnishings and art for your one-of-a-kind Alameda home. The Space on Santa Clara Avenue (above American Oak) is a multifunctional art studio, gallery and art school dedicated to art and pop culture. And PEDAL Cycling on Park, Alameda’s only indoor cycling studio, is all about fun, fitness and community. For your sweet tooth, Rocket Fizz on Park is locally and independently owned by an Alameda family — think Willy Wonka in Alameda! And for your wine tooth, Dashe Cellars just relocated to Spirits Alley and brings their award-winning zinfandels, classic reds and renowned chenin blanc (fermented in their “Black Bart” concrete egg) to our island.
INTERVIEW WITH MIKE AND ANNE DASHE
The first wine that you made as husband and wife under the Dashe Cellars name was a 1996 Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley. What made you decide to make this varietal your specialty?
We were amazed at the wide range of types of wines that you could make with zinfandel. We saw that Zinfandel was a world class varietal that you could make in many different styles and we loved the Dry Creek Valley AVA in particular because of the great balance and complexity of the wines. Mike had worked with Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley extensively during his time at Ridge Vineyards and really felt that this area produced the highest quality zinfandel in California.
The interest in Zinfandel seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
There has been a resurgence of Zinfandel that is made in a less ripe, less extracted manner and more balanced and complex. There especially seems to be a crop of young, new winemakers that seems to have sparked a renewed interest in the varietal. As Winemakers that were part of the original modern Zinfandel movement, we are thrilled to see growing interest in this varietal.
What do you wish other people knew about Zinfandel?
We would like for more wine lovers to see that Zinfandel can really be a world class grape varietal and that it can stand alongside any noble grape varietal in the world. When Zin is made correctly, it can be exceedingly high in quality with layers of flavors, vastly interesting, age worthy, and overall a spectacular varietal that makes elegant wines. Also, Zinfandel in particular is a varietal that pairs well with an enormous variety of foods, from fine dining to backyard BBQs.
Dry Creek Valley AVA is famous for producing award-winning Zinfandels, what do you think makes this area specifically well suited to this varietal?
The terroir of Dry Creek Valley in general is perfectly suited for growing Zinfandel grapes. Specifically, the weather patterns in the valley. Dry Creek Valley gets quite hot during the day and cools down precipitously at night; there is a fog that comes in at night and in early morning that keeps the acidity intact in the grapes. The resulting wines have a great balance between the fruit flavors, the minerality and the crisp acidity.
DRINKING WITH ESTHER
BY ESTHER MOBLEY
Maybe this is the wine writer’s version of Murphy’s law. Ever since publishing my story about the rise of cru Beaujolais-inspired wines in California, I keep encountering bottles that I wish I’d included in the story — perfect embodiments of the light-earthy-grippy-fruity profile. (Granted, it’s a big umbrella.) One such wine is the Dashe Grenache Dry Creek Valley 2016 ($32, 13.1%), which is the color of a translucent cranberry with a beautifully pure core of tart, red fruit and leafy, spicy, floral accents. The Grenache is part of Dashe’s Les Enfants Terribles line of wines, which Mike and Ann Dashe launched in 2007 in response to a request from the Slanted Door for a wine that tasted like cru Beaujolais. I paid a visit to Dashe’s winery in Oakland this week and tasted through many delicious wines, including an 11-year-old version of that Grenache, so can attest: Despite its delicacy, this can age.
DASHE CELLARS IS LEAVING THE JACK LONDON DISTRICT
BY KATHERINE HAMILTON
Alameda Point beckons for Dashe Cellars, which is leaving Oakland behind.
It's Oakland's loss, but Alameda's gain. Dashe Cellars is moving from its current home in the Jack London District and relocating to Spirits Alley in Alameda Point.
The winery, owned by married couple Mike and Anne Dashe, was founded in 1996. The winery settled into its current home in the Jack London District at 55 4th Street in 2004. When the winery first moved in, Mike Dashe said, it was one of the few wineries in the Jack London district. Eventually, other wineries followed suit, and Oakland became something of an urban winery hotspot.
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.
GET TO KNOW GRENACHE
BY RAY ISLE
2016 Dashe Les Enfants Terribles Grenache ($32)
California winemakers Mike and Anne Dashe use native yeasts, minimal sulfur, no fining, and little handling for their Les Enfants Terribles wines. That approach suits Grenache, as this floral, piquant wine shows.
Click Here for our new release, the 2017 Grenache
Love Pinot Noir for its for its silky elegance? Check out Grenache. Syrah for its spicy power? Ditto. Fan of the recent category of “red blends” filling wine-store shelves? Again, spend some time with Grenache: It’s the backbone of one of the original great red blends, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose luscious richness many of those wines try to hint at (but rarely achieve). Grown everywhere from southern France to central Spain to coastal California to Australia’s sunlit hills, Grenache is the greatest, most widely planted, yet (weirdly) little-known grape around.
DASHE CELLARS ORGANICALLY-GROWN, HIGH-ALTITUDE RIESLING IS CRISP, CLEAN, AND WONDERFULLY DRY
It’s nearing 1:00 PM and the marine layer is just beginning to burn off at the 2000-ft-high McFadden Farm in Potter Valley, Mendocino. It’s here where Mike and Anne Dashe harvest their grapes for their renowned Dashe Cellars Dry Riesling. These organically-certified 50-year old vines grow in a distinct micro-climate with warm days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and develop complex flavors. This terroir is perfect for making aromatic, lovely dry Riesling—a complete change of pace from traditional, sweet German wines made from the same varietal.
Click Here to buy the 2017 Dry Riesling
A glass in the kitchen and a bottle on the table! Try this amazing recipe that both pairs perfectly with Dashe Cellars’ Dry Riesling and uses Riesling to make this savory pork-and-cabbage dish.
BOSSÄM WITH RIESLING SSÄM SAUCE
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Complimentary Ground Shipping
Complimentary Black Satin Finish Gift Packaging
on all sets in our Holiday Shop.