Dogpatch WineWorks Opens New Tasting Room

Continuing to spread the word of the growth of the Bay Area’s fantastic urban wineries, we at Pro Media are working with Dogpatch WineWorks and announced yesterday the launch their new tasting room {located in the up and coming SF Dogpatch neighborhood.} This is an exciting new offering in San Francisco as now residents will have an even better option for enjoying quality wine closer to home and in a unique environment. Located within the original 15,000 square-foot loft, the new 3,000 square-foot DPWW tasting room officially opens to the public this weekend and will be open every Thursday-Sunday.

(photo courtesy Andrea Rowe Photography)

Wines that will be poured in this new tasting room will include wares from Jazz Cellars, Qualia Wines, OM Winery and Carlotta Cellars to start- with more wines signing on and joining the collective in the coming months. Wine lovers can either choose a featured flight, creating their own flight, or to order wine by the glass from a rotating list.

Some of the varietals featured at the present time include Carignan, Marsanne/Rousanne, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Syrah-Grenache, Zinfandel and Viognier. Wine will be offered in 2 oz. and 5 oz. pours, quartinos and also by the bottle; 5 oz. pours range from $5.00-$12.00 each and retail bottle prices range from $16.00-$48.00 each.

Want to learn more about wine, go out for a tasting with friends in SF, or test your skills and create a wine of your own? Check out Dogpatch WineWorks at 2455 Third Street in San Francisco or check out their website at www.dpwineworks.com.

 

Stunning Interiors at Ram’s Gate Winery, Sonoma

We had been reading about Ram’s Gate winery in Sonoma when it first opened back in September 2011, and were very excited and curious to see the designs from award-winning architect, Howard Backen. The inspiration for Ram’s Gate was “a modern interpretation of the weathered farmsteads of old Carneros.” And after a lovely trip out to wine country (instead of being glued to the TV for SuperBowl Sunday – we think wine tasting is almost, always better) we saw the  final product and it is indeed sensational.

One of the private tasting rooms at Ram’s Gate Winery

After walking around the premise for a bit (and enjoying the unusually warm weather in February!) we treated ourselves to a flight tasting of a few of Ram’s Gate wines. We tried their Pinot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Late Harvest Zinfandel. Tastes from the kitchen included a perfectly crafted carrot cake with baby farm carrots on the side. Not an ideal pairing with wine but we had a craving for something sweet.

Main room, Bar & Kitchen at Ram’s Gate Winery

Every room was beautifully and meticulously designed. Plush, inviting seating at every turn, dark colors with cool fabrics. We envisioned how wonderful this place would be for a number of parties, occasions and celebrations. The location (nestled on 147 acres of land we were told by one employee) is one of the closest winery locations to San Francisco, just 30 minutes North. Perhaps one day we will throw a lavish party here, but until then, we will definitely be coming back to enjoy the scenery at Ram’s Gate Winery.

Rock Wall as one of Food & Wine’s “Next-Gen” Winemakers

Editors and enthusiasts alike are always on the look-out to find the newest trends these days, especially when it comes down to the coolest eateries or the best drinks. Food & Wine Magazine helped with the trend search in this month’s November issue and recently featured our very own client, Shauna Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wines, as one of the next wine-trendsetting kids in California.

She, along with the other children of amazing California winemakers (i.e. Bob Lindquist of Ethan Grenache, Mike Beziger of Evolve, and Josh Phelps & Carlo Trinchero of Taken), are leading the pack of new generation wine producers. With all their innovative energies guiding them and their family heritages supporting them, there is full faith that these kids will leave a new legacy behind.

Congrats to all of the “next-gen” Bay Area winemakers mentioned!

Fantabulous Wine Tasting Experience at JAQK Cellars!

Because we are so fond of the urban winemaking scene, (and we love our wine!!) we were shocked to learn that we at Pro Media had not yet been to San Francisco’s own urban winery, JAQK Cellars, located in the trendy and historic Jackson Square district. One of our faves!

Beautiful tasting room! (photo courtesy JAQK Cellars)

As a wine label with incredibly eye-catching design and packaging, all “card-themed,” we were curious to learn if the wines actually stood the test of taste. Verdict: JAQK wines are well-balanced, flavorful and indeed worth a try! JAQK (which stands for Jack, Ace, Queen, King) also shares a beautiful 3-story building with a local ad agency. Exposed brick, honey-colored wood and soft blue curtains create an inviting atmosphere (on the 2nd level) for private tastings. Anyone can sign up, and tastings cost around $35 but also come with a delectable array of tasty bites! Cured meats, chocolate, nuts, cheese, berries were all so delish!! Fantastic and helpful, Marketing Manager Kelsey Morrison was more than an informative spokesperson, but also a great party host.

                                     Delicious bites that paired exceptionally well with our “Her Majesty” 2008 Napa Valley Chardonnay. Light, crisp, and perfect for a San Francisco Indian summer.

As we moved onto the reds, we found the “Bonedance” 2007 Merlot was actually one of our favorites, although we do not typically purchase Merlot, this one was blended with just the right amount of Syrah, making for spicy undertones and also perfect to pair with our dark chocolate bites. :)

At the end of the tasting, our group of 6 ladies were all invited to experience the view and lovely space up on the JAQK rooftop deck. A great way to spend a Monday night indeed!