Winery & Tasting Room
Alameda Winery & Tasting Room

1951 Monarch Street, Hangar 25
Alameda, CA 94501

Tel (510) 452-1800

Thursday-Sunday 1:00-7:00

Tasting fee is $15 per person.

Groups of 7 or more people require a reservation and will be subject to group rates.

The Press - The SF Chronicle



In summer 2019, Dashe Cellars moved out of its longtime home in an Oakland warehouse, relocating to Alameda. It joins a concentrated neighborhood of wine, beer and spirits producers such as Rock Wall Wine Co., St. George Spirits and Almanac Beer Co. in hangars owned by the former Naval Air Station Alameda. Although the setting is different, the quality of a Dashe Cellars wine tasting hasn’t changed at all: You’ll still be able to taste the light, ethereal renditions of Zinfandel and Carignan that co-owners Mike and Anne Dashe sell under their Les Enfants Terribles line, alongside the more structured single-vineyard wines, with the same attentive staff as before. Tours of the cellar and guided tastings at the bar are available, but you can also opt to order a glass and relax outside, overlooking the adjacent bird sanctuary and the Bay Bridge.

From Santa Barbara to the Sierras, Humboldt to Temecula, California has wineries – and tasting rooms – at seemingly every turn. Now more than ever, you can count on finding solid, well-made wine at almost all of them. But with wine prices and tasting fees creeping ever higher, it can be hard to know which ones are actually worth the money. 

What’s more, it can be hard to know what you’re getting yourself into: Is this an appointment-only palace with exhaustive, guided tastings (and an expectation that you’ll buy a few cases at the end)? Is this an overcrowded tasting bar where you’ll have to jostle your way to the front of the hordes every time you want another sip?

It’s a lot to consider before you set out for a drive to wine country. That’s where we come in at The Press and The San Francisco Chronicle. Together, our team of wine experts has visited hundreds of wineries and evaluated the tasting experiences – not only the quality of the wine (though that’s key, of course), but also the vibe of the tasting itself and the value for the money. 

The 52 wineries on this list represent the best of a dynamic landscape. Now in its third year, this list is more expansive than ever before, thanks to the hard work of our team: During the past 12 months, on The Press, we explored Santa Barbara County, Paso Robles, Lodi and Amador County, which added to our database of tasting room reviews from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino County, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Monterey County and the East Bay. From all of those regions, we’ve culled a collection of wineries that achieve some mysterious nexus of quality, value and fun. Whether you’re a geeky wine collector or you’re just planning your friend’s bachelorette party, we believe there’s truly something for everyone here.

The Press’ team of wine experts is led by me, Esther Mobley, and includes Mike Dunne, Virginie Boone, Matt Kettmann, Chris Macias, Sara Schneider, Tim Teichgraeber and Bryce Wiatrak. All of our work contributed to this feature.


Holiday Season Winery Hours

We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!

Our winery tasting room is open Thursday-Sunday from 1-7:00, please stop by for a tasting and to celebrate the holiday season with us. Please be mindful that we will be closed on Thursday, December 26th.

Thursday-Sunday December 19th-22nd - OPEN

Thursday, December 26th - CLOSED

Friday-Sunday December 27th-29th - OPEN

Thursday-Sunday January 2nd-5th - OPEN

Holiday Wine Shop is Open!

We have something for each one of your wine-loving friends and family. From stocking stuffers to the complete feast, let us help with your holiday gifting.

  • are wrapped in festive tissue and secured with a Dashe Cellars flourish
  • include a handwritten gift card
  • for orders over $99, Ground Shipping is complimentary

Mike Dashe on the 2019 Harvest

What a year!  We moved our winery in June, so our winemaking team (headed up by Director of Winemaking Mike Dashe and Winemaker Rene Calderon) worked tirelessly to get our new cellar up and running just in time for harvest. Their hard work paid off when our first vineyard, the Evanghelo Vineyard, was harvested in August and kicked off an epic vintage. 

The vintage of 2019 was picture-perfect, weather-wise, with warm days and cool nights for the majority of the harvest season.  In fact, for Dashe Cellars, it was one of the smoothest harvests in our history, with grapes ripening slowly and evenly in such a way that we could harvest just when we wanted (as opposed to hot weather harvests when all of the grapes ripen at once and the winery must harvest frantically all at once).  The colors, aromatics, and flavors of the fermenting grapes were superb from the moment they started fermenting, making this one of the top vintages in memory. Compared to many other wineries, Dashe Cellars was extremely lucky in 2019, since virtually all of our grapes were harvested before the fires and the power outages that characterized the vintage for many wineries in the state. We had a single vineyard—our Cabernet Sauvignon—that was still on the vine when the fires began, and that vineyard was far away from the smoke and flames, and therefore was able to be harvested without problems.  For Dashe, the vintage of 2019 should be one of the best quality years on record.




“Les Enfants Terribles” 
“I’m a huge fan of Gamay from the crus of Beaujolais for Thanksgiving, but those have been on every magazine list for years now (but still: drink them). If you want to do something new and cool, find indie producers utilizing carbonic maceration and making lighter-style, aromatic reds, akin to the classics from Beaujolais. This wine is light, pretty, juicy, and incredibly elegant; very unlike the usual version of Grenache you might be used to, but perfect high-acid, perfumed, lightweight reds for your turkey.” — Torrence O’Haire

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.


The Press - The SF Chronicle



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 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.


Wine Tasting Bliss



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!

Grape to Glass | Tour & Tasting

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 Location - NOW OPEN!

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!

East Bay Times



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.

Dashe Cellars & Zinfandel


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.

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