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JC Cellars Beach Party…and that Viognier

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 at 1:34 pm in Uncategorized.

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So you can’t bring the beach to an Oakland winery, but you can certainly bring an Oakland winery to the beach. Do it in the form of two new 2007 roses from JC Cellars – made from the venerable Stagecoach and Rockpile vineyards. Yes, pink wine! The Stagecoach is dry and herbaceous (think Old World) while the Rockpile is more true to New World fruit-forwardness. Both retail for $18 and were released last month.

They’ll be showcased at the winery’s semi annual open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3. JC Cellars is located at 55 4th St., Oakland. Sip the roses to the tunes of the band Vermillion Border and munch on grilled sausages and artisan cheeses. Even more exciting: Jeff Cohn has 50 cases of 2006 Vin De Pays Des Collines Rhodanienees Viognier from Condrieu that he helped blend with longtime pal Francois Villard. There are only about 40 cases left and the wine retails for $40.

Advance tickets can be purchased at for $20 or $25 at the door. Take BART to Lake Merritt or ferry to Jack London Square. There will be a beach play area to keep kids entertained.

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