Not sure what drinks to serve for the holidays? Head to one of four events Saturday for tastings.
Stage Left Cellars in Oakland is extending its hours in November, opening every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stage Left focuses on Rhone varietals, with an occasional Cab and Zin. Tastings are $5.
Across the Webster Tunnel, Rock Wall Wines is hosting a wine harvest party. Tickets are $75 online, or $85 at the door, and include tastings of the entire Rock Wall portfolio and BBQ ribs, brisket and chicken. The event also features live music, tours, barrel samples, and a blind wine tasting competition with prizes. Also receive special day wine pricing on purchases.
For more variety, try the Kermit Lynch and Solano Cellars release party from 2 to 5 p.m. A $20 ticket gets you tastings of more than 15 wines from France and Italy. Expect to taste favorites from the Rhone, Burgundy, Corsica and Bandol. The $20 ticket is refunded with a purchase of 3 bottles or more.
Lastly, sample unlimited wine and spirits at the Young Professionals Committee - East Bay Holidate dating auction fundraiser at Oakland’s Uptown Body and Fender gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. $35 tickets online, or $45 at the door, get you an evening of music and unlimited wine, spirits and chocolate tastings from sponsors like Buffalo Bills, Conjure, Ghirardelli, Periscope Cellars, El Relingo Tequila, Manana Tequila, Beringer wines, Ceja Vineyards, Charles Krug, Kinder’s BBQ and more. Aside from the food and wine, catch the auctioning of bachelors and bachelorettes who volunteer to go on dates to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, which provides mentoring programs for Bay Area kids.
Stage Left Cellars
2102 Dennison St., Ste. A, Oakland
Rock Wall Wine harvest
2301 Monarch St., Building 24, Alameda
Kermit Lynch release party
1580 Solano Ave., Albany
Holidate SoireeUptown Body & Fender Art Gallery
401 26th St., Oakland