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Conversations with the Powers Behind the Wines: Herta Peju, Craig Peterson, Anthony Perliss and the McBride Sisters

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It’s A Wine Family Affair!

Oakland, California, May 16, 2017 –The Oakland Wine Festival will showcase the wines of select Napa Valley and other families on May 28, 2017 at 2:30pm. The Oakland Wine Festival presents a monthly seated tasting, Soiree and Silent Auction featuring the wines of our Honorary Steering Committee members. Herta Peju, an Honorary Steering Committee member, will showcase a variety of wines from PEJU Province Winery. Herta will be joined by her daughters, Lisa and Ariana, who will delight us with their wines from Liana Estates. Herta, Lisa and Ariana will be joined by, Anthony Perliss, who will present the hard-to-get wines of Perliss Estate Vineyards. Anthony will also pour WINGSPAN Wine which is his sister, Tessa’s wine! Malk Family Vineyards, the smallest producers of 100% premium hand-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stag’s Leap District rounds out this Wine Family Affair.

We are also delighted to present wines from one of our local wine-neighbors, Building 43 Winery. Finally, no wine family event would be complete without the world renown, McBride Sisters Wines on the table! Sisters, Robin and Andrea have launched their collection which features tasty bubbles.

Limited tickets are available for this uniquely exciting event which is sure to sell out! Tickets are available here.

We recently asked the following questions of our Oakland Wine Festival Kick Off Tasting, Soiree and Silent Auction participating wine families:

Why work with the Oakland Wine Festival?

Building43: As a small local winery, we believe it is important to expand awareness of Building 43 Winery among potential local customers. Supporting the Oakland Wine Festival is a logical piece of that overarching strategy.

Herta Peju: I think the Oakland area is and upcoming foodie paradise and that is the best match for wine – we want to be a part of it.

Anthony Perliss: As someone who grew up in the Bay Area, I’m very pleased to pour our wines in a local event and gain exposure through this exciting festival.

Robin and Andrea McBride: It’s our backyard, there are tons of wine lovers in Oakland and it’s a fantastic event!

Tell me about the Oakland Wine Festival Founder, Melody Fuller, and how you came to meet and work with her:

Building43: My wife and I met Melody at an event at the Claremont Club last December. Her enthusiasm is infectious and it is difficult to say no to someone who is as passionate about wine as she is.

Herta Peju: I met Melody several years ago at the Wine Writers symposium held every year at Meadowood and sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners association. Melody is very engaging and dynamic and passionate about wine- therefore OAKLAND WINE FESTIVAL.

Anthony Perliss: I met Melody at a Napa Valley Vintners’ event. She subsequently visited our vineyard in Calistoga on a cold, rainy day. She tasted through our wines and was buffered by some warm scones that my sister, Tessa, had just baked.

Robin and Andrea McBride: We met Melody at Black Vintners event at 1300 on Fillmore 3 years ago. She knew wine was super passionate and told us about her vision for Oakland Wine Festival, which sounded fantastic and we wanted to be a part of it.

What compelled you to become a part of the California wine industry?

Building43: After moving to Alameda in 2014 we met the owner and Winemaker at the Building 43 winery on Alameda. Meredith (the owner) and Tod (the Winemaker) are both military veterans, so there was a natural affinity since I am a military veteran as well. Working with them at the winery is a great opportunity to meet new people while enjoying some delicious wines.

Anthony Perliss: We’ve had our 13-acre parcel in Calistoga for almost 30 years, but didn’t think of planting for decades. We’ve loved the landscape here, with its Manzanita, Madrone & Oak forest, the rocky terrain and amazing light. When my dad finally thought of planting vineyard here in 2008, our hopes were that we could somehow capture the unique quality of this piece of land. Each vintage of our production, starting in 2011, has represented our land in its own way.

Robin and Andrea McBride: Our love for the Central Coast of California.

Who are some of your favorite producers outside of your own portfolio?

Building43: My wife and I enjoy the Zinfandels and unoaked Chardonnay from Hendry Winery in Napa. We are also quite fond of the Pinot Noir selections being produced by Talisman in Glen Ellen.

Herta Peju: There are so many good producers I hesitate to name just a few- ‘let’s say I drink all my neighbors wines.

Anthony Perliss: I love the old California producers – Ridge, Stony Hill, Corison, Forman. But above all, I love how wine can capture the essence of a place and a moment in time. I’m drawn to any wine that has something honest to say.

Robin and Andrea McBride: Tablas Creek and Mt Edwards.

Why do you think so many luminaries and leaders in the wine industry are such tremendous friends and supporters of the Oakland Wine Festival?

Building43: Melody runs a first class program. I’ve come away from each one of her events having met several interesting people from both the wine industry and the larger community.

Anthony Perliss: Oakland is a place with a lot of history and a fantastic food scene – everyone looks to Oakland to have a pulse on what’s up and coming.

Robin and Andrea McBride: The wine industry is starting to embrace diversity.

Tell me about your showcase on May 28, 2017. What can they expect from you at the Third Annual Oakland Wine Festival on July 15, 2017?

Building43: What can patrons look forward to? Building 43 will present three reds – a Merlot, Syrah, and Petite Sirah Reserve Select. The Merlot and Syrah have been well received in earlier competitions. The Petite Sirah has a unique flavor profile and shows the benefits of extended barrel and bottle aging.

Patrons to the Oakland Wine Festival will have the opportunity to meet Building 43’s owner and the Winemaker. Both individuals are very down to earth and anyone who sits at their table during the lunch and dinner pairings will enjoy hearing how their wines are made. Building 43 Winery is also raffling off a private barrel tasting for a small group. Tod’s barrel tastings have been a big hit with all who have joined him.

Herta Peju: PEJU will be featuring an absolutely rare wine. The called the Experiment-
It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon only 30 barrels are produced. PEJU 2014 The Experiment Napa Valley costs $100.
And our newest release – just sold only at the winery- Peju 2016 Province – a blend of red and white wine will be featured.

Anthony Perliss: We’ll be pouring our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, The Ravens, our Sémillon, The Serpents, and my sister’s project, Wingspan and its rosé, Saturn Return. These wines are all very small production and very personal.

We hope that attendees of the festival will enjoy our wines and their sense of place. Our participation aims to keep Oakland a source of fresh discovery and an important wine and food town, while exposing our small, young brand to a fun, savvy audience.

Robin and Andrea McBride: Patrons can taste our just released Sparkling Brut Rosé from New Zealand!

What hopes do you have for the Oakland Wine Festival and for you and your winery?

Building43: We hope to increase exposure to Building 43 Winery and let locals know there is great wine being made in Alameda. They can drive a short distance to Building 43 Winery and enjoy a tasting, wine by the glass, or sit outside with a bottle and watch the world go by.

Anthony Perliss: We hope that attendees of the festival will enjoy our wines and their sense of place. Our participation aims to keep Oakland a source of fresh discovery and an important wine and food town, while exposing our small, young brand to a fun, savvy audience.

Robin and Andrea McBride: We hope Melody builds from last year, gets better in all her supplier processes and consumer experiences and builds the Oakland wine festival into what she dreamed and envisioned!

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. The Oakland Wine Festival features premium, reserve, library, high-end, hard-to-get and newly released wines.

Melody was named Best Westerner by Sunset Magazine for the innovative and creative work that she does in the wine world. 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.

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