By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at 5:08 pm in Corkheads.
Is it that time again? To leave our gas cards at home? To delight in some of the best wine that California has to offer without a fanny pack in sight?
Yes, my friends. Passport, the annual event of the East Bay Vintners Alliance, is upon us April 4. Fourteen wineries will open their doors along the East Bay Wine Trail from noon to 5 p.m. for hours of imbibing and hors d’oeuvres.
Keep an eye out – er, nose – for newcomers Stage Left Cellars, sure to be a power player in the Rhone scene. And shed a tear for the departure of Lost Canyon, which closed its Oakland doors this past November. They sold to Fritz of Sonoma and are now producing their Pinot Noir and Syrah in Cloverdale.
At last year’s Passport, I was seduced by the utter beauty of Two Mile Wines’ Livermore Petit Sirah. So much so that, after her shock and awe, a gal pal of mine purchased the wine for me. She’d never seen me smile and talk about PS at the same time.
You best get the tickets in advance, because they’re a lot cheaper that way ($30 in advance vs. $45 at the door; DDs are 10 bones). Visit the EBVA for details.