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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

East Bay Vintners’ Urban Wine Xperience

Poor you if you missed this year’s sold-out urban winery extravaganza on August 2. More than twenty wineries in the East Bay represented on a gorgeous day outside at Jack London Square. Along with wine, some of the newish darling Mead was offered, as well as artisanal olive oils, and a lot of delicious food. (A full

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Voices of 3 Oakland fast food workers at Chicago national convention (Community Voices)

Meet three from Oakland who attended a national convention of fast food workers in Chicago with about 1,300 others July 26-27. Their movement for $15-an-hour wages and a union has helped bring national attention to extreme income...

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Urban Legend Cellars in Oakland: Jingletown running low, Temescal wine blend coming up!

Pretty sure there’s wine for you at Urban Legend Cellars. The tasting notes are double-sided, starting with a crispy Sauvignon Blanc and ending (16 wines later) with a lesser-known Italian beauty, Teroldego, a wine that’s earning ULC...

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Ordinaire wine shop and bar in Oakland

Ordinaire is one of the wine bars I’ve been hoping to meet in Oakland: a place that in Italy would be a few barrels as tables in front of a shop that sells glasses and bottles of...

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Be a game changer in Oakland: East Bay College Fund looking for mentors

For many of Oakland’s college-bound students, mentors play critical roles in their success. The East Bay College Fund in Oakland is seeking new mentors to assist 50 new scholars to make it through to graduation. This past...

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The Barrel Room rolls out in Oakland

If a new wine-focused restaurant with proprietor-sommeliers who “specialize in obscurity” sounds like a great night out, then get yourself to The Barrel Room in Rockridge. Sarah Trubnick and Carolyn Johnson are in launch mode for The...

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Six Ounces to Fine – Oakland holiday! Nine wines to give and drink!

By Granate Sosnoff Oakland and nearby winemakers offer elegant and dazzling wines to choose from for your favorite people. So why not skip wine country traffic and the daunting aisles of bottles in well-lit chains, and for...

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thanksgiving and the modern land grab (Community Voices)

By Granate Sosnoff In a short while most of America will sit down to a hearty meal commemorating the human kindness of Native Americans towards settlers to the new world. We celebrate the practice of being grateful...

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Six Ounces to Fine: Two Mile Wines from Oaklandia

By Granate Sosnoff Wine drinkers are fortunate to be in Oakland at a time when creativity, brains and urban winemaking has reached a stride of excellence. Some pretty intriguing characters are behind the scenes as well, including...

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Some like it Hot and Italian

by Granate Sosnoff and Bonnie Chan Upon first impression, Emeryville’s Hot Italian looks like a sleek chain restaurant, thanks in part to a location dominated by chain restaurants. But to our pleasant surprise and salivating appreciation, Hot...

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