I clearly started with the food spread. Ok, I didn't actually start with the food spread, I started with the wine, but I didn't want to be obnoxiously snapping pictures of the people as they poured, so I took snaps of the food instead. It was a good line-up. Fancy cheeses and bread (I've provided a close-up just in case you wanted to know more about the cheese), grapes, salami, and these amazing little freshly made pizzas by Casey's Pizza. There were a couple of people devoted just to keeping the pizza stocked, and it had this fantastic charred crust. The pizza crew would walk around with the pie, offering slices to you, so no matter how lazy you were you'd get pizza in yo face.There was also zinfandel ice cream from Tucker's! Which I forgot to try, but there was a small child thoroughly enjoying it. I approve of that parenting.
Just for the party, JC Cellars pre-released their 2009 Zinfandel line-up, many of which were my favorites of the wines I tasted (and I tasted them all). The Zins included grapes from Landy Sweetwater Springs, Iron Hill Vineyard, Dusi Vineyard & St. Peter’s Church Vineyard.
And below is JC (Jeff Cohn), clearly hiding from me (Hawaiian shirt behind the Hawaiian shirt). He was an amazing host, telling us about how he sources grapes (from all over the state), and the inspiration behind naming a white blend of Roussanne and Marsanne "First Date." While it doesn't look like the winery has any events planned in the warehouse yet, you can check out their website for a list of events where they'll be pouring their wines. At least take the time to try their zin.
55 4th St., Oakland