East Bay Vintners' Alliance sixth annual Urban Wine Xperience
Where: Jack London Pavilion, 1 Broadway, Oakland
When: Saturday, Aug. 6, 2-5 p.m.
A lot of wine is consumed in San Francisco, but not much is made. Across the bay, though, where commercial rent is a lot cheaper, there's a thriving urban-wine scene of which we're pretty big fans.
The best way to check out what our neighbors are fermenting is at the annual Urban Wine Xperience, where 21 wineries will pour their wares.
Most of these wineries are tiny. Dashe Cellars, which makes well-balanced Zinfandels, is a giant in this crowd by making 10,000 cases per year. More are like Blacksmith Cellars, a side project of Matt Smith, who has a day job as an assistant winemaker for Dashe, or Tayerle Wines, whose owner, Loren Tayerle, once played French horn with Rod Stewart and Frank Zappa (presumably not at the same time).
Each winery pairs with a local restaurant or food purveyor that produces a single food item that's supposed to go with the wine, so you can make a meal of it. There's also live music, but of course all the best local bands will be at All Shook Down on Saturday so the Urban Wine Xperience has to make do.
Tickets were supposed to be $60 by now but, claiming a computer glitch, the EBVA has extended the early-bird $40 pricing. Tickets should be $60 at the door, though, so if you're going to go, buy your tickets now.