“Grape” Experiences in Downtown Oakland

oakland1By Caity Heim

EXCERPT: A winery in Oakland. Yes you read that correctly, in Oakland.

When you think of Oakland, the first thing that comes to mind might be culinary arts, waterfront Jack London Square, gorgeous Lake Merritt and the town’s quirky shops. Certainly wineries are not elements that many would consider part of Oakland’s rich heritage. It is widely assumed that California wine is mostly produced in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Up until this weekend I was a part of this crowd.

This weekend while visiting family in the Bay Area, my parents told me of a hidden winery in downtown Oakland that they wanted to introduce me to. After a short drive from our home, we arrived at TwoMile Wines, a local winery and tasting room in the heart of Oakland’s 25th Street Collective – a collective of local food and fashion artisans.  Not only was the wine exquisite, but the tasting room was full of life and character.

The winery and tasting room are located inside a warehouse that has a very rustic and eclectic feel. In the back of the winery, various local artists have work stations where they craft clothing, hats, woodwork and other art forms. The artists’ work was not only displayed for sale, but also as an exhibit that acts as décor and gives life to what could have been just a dreary warehouse. Surrounding these stations are wine barrels.  Finally, in the front end of the warehouse is a quaint tasting room where visitors are treated like family as they sample TwoMiles’ 2007, 2008, and 2009 Sangiovese, 2007 Syrah and 2008 Organic Blend.

oaklandAt TwoMile, it is evident that the winemakers are deeply dedicated to their craft. The wine is a community-based product made in Oakland with the best grapes from Sonoma, Napa and the Central Coast.

Their driving philosophy is to make wine with their hands and hearts, and to partner exclusively with Bay Area organic and biodynamically farmed vineyards…

Cross-posted from VisitCalifornia.com – read the full post here.

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