4 ways to wine in East Bay

California’s newest wine country leaves the “country” behind

Cerruti Cellars

Who said you needed rolling vineyards to sell really great wine? Oakland's Cerruti Cellars is a warehouse turned wine house.

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Dashe and JC Cellars

Dashe and JC Cellars share one barrel room in East Bay so you'll get two wine options at the tasting counter.

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JC's "Daily Ration" red blend jug

After a few sips of JC's "Daily Ration" red blend that comes in a half-gallon jug, you'll forget why you ever bothered with those pesky corks.

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Tudal Family 2007 Syrah

Take home a bottle of the Tudal Family 2007 Syrah ($40), layered with blueberries, espresso, pepper, and earth from Cerruti Cellars.

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The warehouse-y back streets of Oakland and the East Bay have become havens for urban wine warriors who’ve realized they would rather make wine (and live) close to the crowds than pour every cent they have into a rolling piece of land.

Of course, wine isn’t new to the city scene. Before the big shake in 1906, the largest winemaking region ​in Northern California was downtown San Francisco. Later, Richmond was a winemaking center. East Bay vintners are simply bringing the wine back—and for good reason. Their just-off-I-80 spots are cheap, if not exactly bucolic, and close to their customers.

Twenty-two wineries are strung through Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Alameda. A map at eastbayvintners.com (which you can also nab at the wineries) shows them all. But here are the ones we pull off for.

1. Dashe and JC Cellars

2. Periscope and Urbano Cellars

3. Rock Wall Wine Company

4. Cerruti Cellars

More wine travel ideas: Sonoma wine guide

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