Monday, February 20, 2006

Terrific East Bay Winery

Not many people know that one of the great Northern California wineries is located just across the bay from San Francisco on the island of Alameda. Rosenblum Cellars is most noted for its 30 plus varieties of Zinfandel. I recently took a Zinfandel seminar at Rosenblum's winery and tasted four recent releases. My favorite was the 2004 Richard Sauret Vineyard, but my friend most enjoyed the 2004 Monte Rosso Vineyard. Rosenblum Zins consistently receive scores of over 90 points from "Wine Spectator" magazine.

The winery and tasting room are located at 2900 Main Street in Alameda. The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Rosenblum also has a tasting room, just off the plaza in Healdsburg, at 250 Center Street. This facility is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Join me on a Hidden Vineyards tour and you can visit Rosenblum's tasting room in Healdsburg. To book a tour, call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Winetasting in San Francisco

Yesterday, I joined some friends at Cav Wine Bar. This is a great after work spot. Cav has an interesting wine list as well as tasty small plates to accompany your wine.

I enjoyed a 10 year old Riesling from Germany, a full-bodied Oregon Pinot Noir, and a varietal from Australia that I had never heard of until yesterday. Wines are available by the glass and bottle. In addition, a special wine flight is offered each week. If you go with a friend who prefers fermented grain, beers are also offered.

To accompany your wine, Cav offers both small and large plates. We sampled an array of small plates and enjoyed each of them. We particularly enjoyed dipping bread, walnuts, and apricots into the Gratinee Fondue for two.

Cav is located at 1666 Market Street and opens at 5:30. The kitchen is open until 11:00 pm Monday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.