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Kent Rosenblum began making wine more than 35 years ago in Alameda

Kent with daughter, Shawna. Photo by Rocco Ceselin
Kent with daughter, Shawna. Photo by Rocco Ceselin

OAKLAND, Calif. (April 28, 2015) – East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA), whose members include more than 20 urban wineries in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley and Castro Valley, awarded the first ‘Lifetime Achievement in Urban Winemaking’ to winemaker Kent Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wines.

Rosenblum opened Rosenblum Cellars in 1978 in Alameda, California; a place then known more for its docks and shipyards than for winemaking. After Rosenblum grew the winery from a 400- to a 250,000-case producer, it was sold to Diageo in 2008.

Rosenblum was given the first ‘Lifetime Achievement in Urban Winemaking’ award at a  reception held at Dashe Cellars in Oakland for local members of government, business, tourism organizations, and media held in celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary

“There is no one among the East Bay’s Urban Winemaking community more deserving of this award,” said Steve Shaffer, EBVA President and winemaker at Urban Legend Cellars. “Kent is truly the original pioneer of Urban Winemaking and all EBVA members are thrilled to follow in his footsteps.”

Speakers at the event included Steve Shaffer, EBVA president and winemaker at Urban Legend Cellars, Carol Collison, Partner, Global Wine Partners, Steve Heimoff, wine writer and author, and the honoree Kent Rosenblum. These featured speakers discussed the economic, cultural and historical significance and contribution made by urban winemakers.

The East Bay Vintners Alliance

The East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA) is a non-profit association representing more than 20 vintners who live and work in the East Bay’s Urban Wine Country. This region, just minutes from the heart of San Francisco, includes family-owned wineries in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and Castro Valley. Producing wine locally in former factories, tanneries and even an airline hangar, these pioneering urban winemakers offer an extraordinary range of award-winning varietals from the most popular to the exotic at every price point. For more information visit www.eastbayvintners.com.

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