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Winemakers, Wines, Wineries, Special Guest and Presentations Announced for the Second Annual Oakland Wine Festival

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Oakland Wine Fest BottleOakland, California, June 29, 2016 –The second annual Oakland Wine Festival is excited to announce our participating winemakers, wineries, special guest and presentations for July 16, 2016.

The Founder and Honorary Steering Committee Members sent invitations to select vintners and winery owners asking them to join our fun showcase of fine wines for the 2nd Annual Oakland Wine Festival.  The response was tremendous!  Participating wineries are listed below.

We are also excited to announce that acclaimed Winemaker, Julio Mourelle, is flying in from SPAIN to be with us on July 16, 2016! Julio has been the winemaker at Marqués de Griñón since 1995.  He will have a special presentation from 3:00-4:00pm.  Patrons who purchase an Intimate Winemaker Luncheon ticket, Elegant Grand Tasting Seated Ticket or a Dinner with the Winemaker ticket, may wind up at a table with Julio!

Please join us as we welcome Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier, author and more, who will speak about the wines of SOUTH AMERICA. Evan has generously partnered with the Oakland Wine and Food Society and will make a donation to us from the proceeds of the books he sells on July 16, 2016! Patrons who purchase an Intimate Winemaker Luncheon ticket may wind up at a table with Evan.

We are happy to welcome Carolyn Gallagher, who is flying to us from ARGENTINA for July 16, 2016.  Carolyn is an amazing wine educator and private tour host who will present wines from Argentina at a special session. Patrons who purchase an Intimate Winemaker Luncheon ticket, Elegant Grand Tasting Seated Ticket or a Dinner with the Winemaker ticket, may wind up at a table with Carolyn!

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Participating Wineries:

Ancien Wines
Ancient Oak Cellars
ARTeSY Wines
Atlas Wine Company
Beaulieu Vineyard
Bell Wine Cellars
Bennett Valley Cellars
Bougetz Cellars
B.R. Cohn Winery
C.G. Di Arie Winery and Vineyards
Ca Momi Winery
Cain Vineyard and Winery
Cakebread Winery
Calstar Cellars
Cast Wines
Chappellet Winery
Claypool Cellars
Continuum Estate
Coquerel Wine Estate
David Clinton Wines
Del Dotto Vineyards
Domaine Carneros Winery
Ehlers Estate
Etude Wines
Fairwinds Estate Winery
Flanagan Winery
Frank Family Vineyards
Gamble Family Vineyards
Grgich Hills Estate
Halleck Vineyard
Herb Lamb Vineyards
Highlands Winery
Honrama Cellars
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
JaM Cellars
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
John Anthony Vineyards
Juslyn Vineyards
Justice Grace Vineyards
Kale Wines
Kelleher Family Vineyards
Kelley & Young Wines
Kenefick Ranch
La Jota Vineyards
Lagniappe Peak Vineyards
Lail Vineyards
Lang and Reed Wine Company
Laurel Glen Vineyards
Lede Family Wines
Leto Cellars
Lobo Wines
Mt. Brave
MacPhail Wines
Madrigal Family Winery
Madrone Estate Winery
McBride Sisters
Merriam Vineyards
Mia Nipote Winery
Mutt Lynch Winery
Nemerever Vineyards
Oakville East Wines
Oakville Ranch
Parry Cellars
Paula Harrell Wines
Peju Province Winery
Pellet Estate
Perfusion Vineyard
Poseidon Vineyard
Quintessential Wines
R & B Cellars Ramey Wine Cellars
Rancho Maria Vineyard
RD Winery
Roberts + Rogers Vineyards
Rock Wall Wines
Rombauer Vineyards
Salvestrin Winery
Sbragia Family Vineyards
Seavey Vineyards
Silver Trident Winery
Silverado Vineyards
Sojourn Cellars
Stanton Vineyards
Storybook Mountain Vineyards
Theopolis Vineyards
Three Clicks Wines
Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trentadue Winery
Truchard Vineyards
Van Dyk Family Wines
Varozza Vineyards
VGS Chateau Potelle
Viansa Sonoma Winery
Voces Cellars
William Cole Vineyards
Williamson Wines
The Winebow Group
ZD Wines

And more…

Tickets are now on sale. Full day packages and half day packages are available as well as a la carte tickets. Featuring premium, reserve, library, high-end, hard-to-get and newly released wines, the Oakland Wine Festival is formatted to allow our guests to meet winemakers, enjoy their wines and learn about wine and food in an intimate and primarily seated setting.

Schedule of Events:

*Amazing Silent Auction and Wine Pull 8:00am- 8:30pm*

Another Oakland Wine Festival First!


Brunch: Biscuits, Bacon & Bottles


California’s First Double Blind Wine Tasting and Voting Including Consumers
The Double Blind Wine Tasting is an innovative way to educate and surprise the expert or the novice with over 100 elegantly bagged wines.  This premier event opens the Second Annual Oakland Wine Festival.
Taste side by side with winemakers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, media and other novices and experts!  Vote for every wine you taste!!

Your opinion counts in the: 2016 JUDGEMENT OF OAKLANDTM 

Join our sponsors, the Napa Valley Vintners Association and Sonoma Country Tourism for special presentations and information from 9:00am-12:00pm and while you wait for lunch!  Kim Dozier will present a mini-tasting class for experts and for novices from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Intimate Winemaker Luncheon 1:00pm-3:00pm

You and seven other food and wine enthusiasts will be seated at an intimate table, in a historic environment, within a beautiful oasis. The ninth person seated at your table is a well known winemaker or sommelier and your new best friend!
The winemaker will select four spectacular wines to pair with your four course summer themed menu of delightful courses.
You will have ample time to savor every bite and take in every sip in a relaxed and luxurious setting.

Special Presentations 3:00pm-4:00pm

Join acclaimed Winemaker, Julio Mourelle, Master Sommelier, author and more, Evan Goldstein or Argentina wine specialist, Carolyn Gallagher for special presentations! 

Elegant Grand Tasting


Join our Honorary Steering Committee Members:
KR Rombauer, III, Russ Weis, Silverado Vineyards; Trey Blankenship, Sonoma-Loeb;  Cyril Chappellet, Chappellet Vineyards; Elizabeth and Bob Van Dyk, Van Dyk Family Wines; and Deborah Eagle, Vintage Wine Estates and a host of other winemakers and wineries for a seated or poolside tasting and conversation!

Winemakers Supper Club and Tasting

7:30pm Until

Winemakers, food and music!  Enjoy this casual event strike up a conversation about the day and night.

Dinner with the Winemaker

7:30pm Until

Enjoy a nice and relaxed 5 course dinner with the winemaker.
These dinners will be held in beautiful rooms at the Sequoyah Country Club. 

Wine Society’s Patrons Dinner with KR Rombauer, III


Join KR Rombauer for a very special Poolside Dinner.  This dinner is for patrons who join the Oakland Wine and Food Society at the Balthazar, Imperial or Jeroboam level. 

Wine Society’s Benefactors Dinner with Silverado Vineyards


Join Russ Weis for a very special Dinner with acclaimed Chef James Syhabout.  This dinner is for the founding benefactors. SOLD OUT! 

Winemaker Dinners with: Chappellet Vineyards, Sonoma-Loeb and Julio Mourelle


Join either of these outstanding winemakers for dinner!  Chappellet Vineyards will return to Pican Restaurant.  Sonoma-Loeb will return to Ozumo Restaurant and Julio Mourelle will debut at Duende Restaurant.  Please contact Melody at [email protected] for tickets and seating for these dinners.

The MEDIA CREDENTIALS Application is available on our website under In The News. You may also send your request to: [email protected], Subject Line: MEDIA CREDENTIALS OWF.

We are also accepting applications for Volunteers.  Please send your query to [email protected] and place VOLUNTEER in the subject line.

About The Oakland Wine Festival:

The Oakland Wine Festival is a high profile, educational, wine and food event featuring celebrated winemakers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and around the world. The festival is collaboration between Founder, Melody Fuller, and some of her close friends in the Napa Valley and beyond.

Melody was named Best Westerner by Sunset Magazine for the innovative and creative work that she does in the wine world.  Melody is also a prolific Bay Area food and wine writer, educator and proud Oakland native.  The Oakland Wine Festival is the result of the desire to further acknowledge an overlooked – yet key – community of wine lovers who appreciate having world-class vintners and chefs within arm’s reach.

Fuller builds upon a history of educating the world about the truths of Oakland’s fascinating lore. Over 50 wineries and award-winning chef, James Syhabout have accepted the invitation of an impressive Honorary Steering Committee, composed of wine industry luminaries, to return to this annual event.

“A key part of our mission is to build new relationships and deepen old relationships between winemakers, wineries, restaurants, wine aficionados, food lovers while bringing together seasoned and curious wine and food enthusiasts in Oakland and the Greater Bay Area,” states Fuller.

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