Stage Left Cellars Journal



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USS Potomac "Flights and Bites"
Friday, July 11, 2014

The USS Potomac "Flights and Lights" event is a two hour sunset cruise featuring Bay Bridge Lights with a light fare of cheese, fruit and bread. The ship will host 3 - 4 local vintners per cruise to showcase their wines. If you are not familiar, the USS Potomac was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Presidential Yacht. She is 165 ft and berthed at the Port of Oakland in Jack London Square (JLS). Get your tickets here.

The 9th Annual Urban Wine Xperience
August 2nd, 2014 - Jack London Square in Oakland

Each summer the East Bay Vintner's Alliance Urban Wine Xperience features over 20 local wineries, pouring a variety of white, rosés, reds & stickies in a single location. Each winery teams up with a local restaurant or food purveyor to create delightful morsels paired beautifully with their wine portfolio. Enjoy the sunshine and dance to live music while sipping on delightful wines. Wine Club Members $35 / Advanced Purchse $45 / At the Door $60. Buy your tickets here.

Interested in the wine dinners and the other events listed on our home page? Don't worry, details will be posted soon! And more events are in the works - please sign up for The List and follow us on Facebook to get all of the details!



Friday Pizza Nights
Floriole - CHICAGO
Friday Evenings 6-9pm: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28

One of our favorite spots in Chicago will be featuring Stage Left wines along with their incredible pizzas - but they're only open on Friday nights. A perfect spot for a date or the family!

The 6th Annual Passport to the East Bay Wineries
March 15th and 16th, 2014: 12-5pm

The East Bay wine scene is flourishing and expanding – right in our own back yard. No more traffic jams going to or from Napa or Sonoma. So to demonstrate just how close and easy it is to taste world class wines, The East Bay Vintners Alliance is inviting you to get up close and personal with its members and their award winning products.
When you purchase a ticket, it entitles you to two great days of tastings and educational events. We talk about eating local so let’s support our East Bay wineries, California’s largest urban winemaking region. The weekend promises more than twenty participating vintners based in the East Bay. Tasters must be 21 and over. There will be food, fun and designated drivers get in for only $10!
General Admission 2 day pass is $60 and One Day General Admission is $40 (Club members 2 day pass is only $50 and a one day pass is $25 - just give us a call or drop us a line to get your promo code). Get your tickets here! 


The Rotary Club of Oakland presents "THE MAIN EVENT"
March 1st 6-10pm 

Celebrate Mardi Gras with us and help provide scholarshipsto Oakland's deserving high school students, support innovative transitional kindergartens and teach high school juniors about business, teamwork and responsibility at our Enterprise Institute. The Club's work worlwide includes efforts to eradicate polio, foster clean water and better health to those in need throughout the world. Join us for fabulous food and drink - over 30 local food and wine vendors including STAGE LEFT CELLARS. Purchase tickets online at www.oakland-rotary.org.

North Coast Rhone Rangers Tasting
Saturday, February 8th in OAKLAND

Join the North Coast Chapter of the Rhone Rangers for a afternoon of Rhone wines at the Campovida Taste of Place tasting room in Oakland - Saturday Feb 8th from 1-4 pm. This will be a small focused event, allowing for engagement and exploration. Attendees will receive a clipboard with detailed information on the wines being poured, and will also vote for their favorite wines of the day.


CRAB FEED at Stage Left Cellars
January 25th, 2014, 6-8pm

That's right - we said CRAB FEED. We will be featuring Stage Left's wines and culinary delights including foccacia, salad, desserts and of course the star of the show:  Dungeness Crab, LOTS OF IT!  We will have all the necessary accessories - butter warmers, bibs, crab-picking devices, you name it - all you need to do is bring your person(s). Get your tickets now as seating is strictly limited.


Rick's SUPPER CLUB at Bocanova featuring Stage Left Cellars
Sustainable seafood served family style with wine pairings...

DATE: Thursday, January 9, 2014
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: 55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA  94607
Call Bocanova for reservations 510-444-1233 - $72/person (including wine pairings).


Stage Left Cellars - WINE DINNER
December 8th, 2013
PAPPO in Alameda (across from the theatre)

"John Thiel is a master of gourmet home-style cooking where simplicity and inventiveness shine."
- Alameda Magazine, Best of Alameda 2009

Chef Thiel has created a very special menu including Dungeness Crab Crepes, Liberty Ranch Duck Confit Tarts, Boneless Beef Short Ribs, and if that's not enough, Bittersweet Chocolate Semifreddo to cap the evening....  Make your reservations at here or by calling 510.337.9100.


Stage Left Cellars - WINE DINNER
Lungomare in Jack London Square, Oakland
Wednesday, November 20th

Think Scallops, Octopus, Short Ribs, and more.... With lots of Stage Left! Seating is limited so make your reservations quickly by calling 510-444-7171.


GNON (Girls Night Out Networking) Oakland Mixer
Thursday, November 7th; 5:30-7:30pm at Stage Left Cellars


Wine Tasting on the Bay
Friday, October 11th - 8-10pm

In association with www.BrucesBroadway.com, we invite you to a wonderful evening of wine tasting on the bay aboard the NEPTUNE pleasure cruiser, privately chartered for our group! The NEPTUNE departs promptly at 8pm from Pier 39, Gate "I", in San Francisco.  The itinerary includes a cruise along the San Francisco waterfront, out to the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting), back around Alcatraz Island, down to the Bay Bridge for an up-close-and personal viewing of the Bay Bridge Art Lights Project, down to McCovey Cove, and arriving back at Pier 39 at 10pm. 

The evening includes a four-pour tasting of STAGE LEFT CELLARS wines, followed by by-the-glass- or bottle purchase for onboard enjoyment or to take-away! Light snacks are served including an assortment of cheese, crackers, salami, prawns, fruit, chocolate, etc. Pleasant company and making new friends is complimentary. 


Rebuilding Together Oakland's Oak Barrel Bash
Thursday, September 20th - 6-8:30pm

Come celebrate with an evening of wine tasting, music, food and a silent auction at Rebuilding Together Oakland's 20th Anniversary, Annual Oak Barrel Bash, on Thursday, September 19th, 6-9 p.m. at 1111 Broadway St., Oakland, CA. Stage Left Cellars and other local vintners are showing our support for this outstanding non-profit, an organization that repairs homes for local elderly, disabled and low income homeowners so they may live in a safe and healthy environment. Join the fun for a good cause and purchase your tickets before they sell out! www.rtoakland.org


Rhone Rangers Midwest Debut - Chicago
September 11th and 12th

  • - Wednesday, Sept 11th: TRADE and CONSUMER tasting
  • - Thursday, Sept 12th: WINEMAKER DINNER at City Winery

Join Stage Left Cellars (along with 25+ other wineries) for all of the fun.


UWX - Urban Wine eXperience
Saturday, July 27th 1-5pm

The East Bay Vintner’s Alliance Urban Wine eXperience each summer features over 18 local wineries, pouring a variety of white, rosés, reds & stickies in a single location. Each winery teams up with a local restaurant or food purveyor to create delightful morsels paired beautifully with their wine portfolio. This year's event is being held in the Jack London Pavilion (98 Broadway,Oakland, CA 94607).


GNON (Girls Night Out Networking) Oakland Mixer
Thursday, May 2nd; 5:30-8:30 at Stage Left Cellars


Winemaker’s Dinner featuring Stage Left Cellars
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Millennium Restaurant - San Francisco, CA

Make your reservations to join us for an incredible feast at Millennium. Chef Eric Tucker has created an incredible wine focused menu featuring our wines. Call 415.345.3900 to reserve your table.


Food, Wine, & Brew Fest benefiting the Valley Cultural Center
Woodland Hills, CA
Thursday, April 18th 5-8pm

Over 1,000 connoisseurs from all over the area will gather to experience the ultimate in dining indulgence from local restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries. Enjoy the evening this year in our comfortable climate controlled venue. Taste great food, wine & beer with friends - or make new ones! Order tickets here.


Big Red Liquor's Wine Fest

Friday, April 12th 6-8pm at the Bloomington Convention Center
Bloomington, IN

Big Red has sponsored this event for nearly twenty years and the festival now includes many local restaurants where Bloomington chefs showcase their menus with samples that are included in the price of admission. As with all Big Red festivals, all proceeds are paid to local Bloomington direct action charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, Martha’s House, Wonderlab and others.

Tickets to the event may be purchased at any Big Red Liquor store or by calling the Big Red Liquors corporate office at 332-9495.


Friendly Package Liquors
Spring Wine Tasting - Yorktown, IN
Saturday, April 13th Noon-4pm

We'll be pouring a couple of our favorites and signing bottles. This is a great chance to taste (and buy) a LOT of wine - other distributors and winemakers will be on hand. 6440 Kilgore Ave, Yorktown, IN.


Dark and Delicious - PS I LOVE YOU
Friday, February 22, 2013; 6:00pm – 9:00pm in Alameda, CA

We're excited to participate once again at the PS I LOVE YOU: Dark and Delicious Event. If you haven't attended this event in the past, you've been missing the fun. This is truly one of our favorite annual tastings. The focus of the night is PETITE SIRAH and it's sponsored by the NATIONAL PORK BOARD...what else needs to be said?


The Garagiste Festival
Saturday, November 10th

Join us for the 2nd Annual Garagiste Festival - in addition to Stage Left, you’ll get to experience over 150 wines from 45 passionate, independent winemakers from all over California in a unique and amazing setting – The Stallion Barn at Windfall Farms. Details and tickets are available now!


Rebuilding Together Oakland's Oak Barrel Bash
Thursday, September 20th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Join Rebuilding Together Oakland for the annual Oak Barrel Bash, an evening of wine tasting, music, food and a unique silent auction. Enjoy wine tastings by local vintners including Urban Legend, Dashe, Rosenblum, JC Cellars, and Stage Left Cellars. Join the fun and support a good cause - Rebuilding Together Oakland - whose mission is to repair homes for elderly, disabled and low income homeowners so they may live in a safe and healthy home. To purchase tickets go to the Rebuilding Together Oakland website www.rtoakland.org.


Winemaker’s Dinner at The Ritz Carlton
Friday, September 21, 2012

Navio, The Ritz-Carlton - Half Moon Bay, CA

Make your reservations to join us for a spectacular evening at Navio. Chef Sean Eastwood will be creating a very special wine focused menu featuring Stage Left wines. Call 650-712-7040 to reserve your table.


Family Winemakers of California - TASTING 2012
Sunday, September 9th: 1:00 – 3:00 trade only; 3:00 – 6:00 public and trade
Monday, September 10th: 2:00 – 6:00 trade only

Join us for the most comprehensive tasting of California wines in the world showcasing our state’s small, family-owned wineries.TASTE & TAKE! Take-away wine sales will be available from many participating wineries!

Visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets online.


UWX - Urban Wine eXperience
Saturday, August 18th 1-5pm

The East Bay Vintner’s Alliance Urban Wine eXperience each summer features over 18 local wineries, pouring a variety of white, rosés, reds & stickies in a single location. Each winery teams up with a local restaurant or food purveyor to create delightful morsels paired beautifully with their wine portfolio. Stage Left is teaming up with Oakland's Chop Bar so you know it's going to a delicious afternoon. This year's event is being held at Rock Wall Wine, 2301 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501. Buy your tickets on-line before they sell out!


Wine Dinner at TOAST Wine Lounge in Rockridge
Tuesday, June 5th

The menu is set! Join us at TOAST Wine Lounge (Rockridge) next Tuesday, June 5th. Chef Jackson will create a delicious five course dinner paired with Stage Left wines for $55/person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservatoins can be made through OpenTable.com or by calling the restaurant direct 510-658-5900. Dinner will be served throughout the evening 5-10pm.

Think about this on your plate... Cream of Garlic Soup with Foie Gras Toast paired with "The Go Getter 2009", Smoked Wild King Salmon, Roasted Beets, Spring Garlic Confit paired with "The Scenic Route 2008", Pork Crepinette, Cherry-Pinenut Relish, Belgian Endive paired with "The Breadwinner 2007", Braised Beef Cheeks, Mushroom Bordelaise, Parsnip Puree paired with Petite Sirah 2006, Boca Negra Chocolate Cake, Caramel, Whipped Cream. More wine anyone?


Passport to the East Bay Wineries - May 12, 2012

Each spring The East Bay Vintner’s Alliance, presents  “Passport to the East Bay” featuring 20+ award-winning urban wineries pouring their wares.  The East Bay Wine Trail wanders the concrete jungle of Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Alameda, providing hours of imbibing and hors d’ oeuvres. Each ticket purchased ensures a wristband that guarantees free access to the participating tasting rooms from 12pm to 5pm, an assortment of appetizers, and also a souvenir glass. Designated drivers will receive a complimentary coffee mug. Transportation between the wineries will be provided.


Bocanova's Supper Club - May 3, 2012

Every 1st Thursday of the month, Chef/Owner Rick Hackett creates a delcious Bocanova dinner. In May, he'll be pairing his dishes with our Stage Left wines. The evening will begin with a Stella Davies' cocktail creation followed by a 4-course menu paired with wines from the 510 menu. Call the reaturant for the details and to make reservations 510-444-1233.


Rhone Rangers 2012 - A Weekend Celebration of American Rhones
Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 2012; Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Fans of American Rhone wines will gather for the 15th Annual Rhone Rangers San Francisco Tasting on March 24-25th, 2012 at Fort Mason for the largest American Rhone wine event in the country. Over 2,000 consumers and members of the trade are expected to attend for the opoortunity to taste over 500 of the best American Rhone wines from more than 100 Rhone Rangers member wineries. The events take place over the course of two days with three seminars, a winemaker dinner, the Grand Tasting, and a live and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased a la carte, or for the best pricing use the weekend daytime events pass. Stage Left will be pouring at the Grand Tasting 2-5pm (doors open for the trade at noon).


Family Winemakers of California - Southern California Tastings 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012 in San Diego, CA & Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Pasadena, CA

These are the most comprehensive tastings of California wines in the world and showcases for the state’s small, family-owned wineries. Stage Left will be pouring some of their new releases - most under 100 case production! Get all of the details and tickets here - use promo code STAGELEFFAMILY to save 20% off your ticket price! Tickets go on-sale Jan 20th. Please note there are special TRADE hours and San Diego is the only PUBLIC tasting.


Dark and Delicious - PS I LOVE YOU
Friday, February 17, 2012; 6:00pm – 9:00pm in Alameda, CA

Stage Left wouldn't miss the chance to pour at this fun event (alongside 40 other wineries and just as many food purveyors). The theme of the night? PETITE SIRAH. The event will be held in Alameda again this year and a limited number of tickets are on sale here!


Saturday, November 5, 2011; 4-7pm at Stage Left Cellars

Come celebrate Mother Nature’s bounty at Stage Left Cellars 2nd Annual Harvest Celebration. Stage Left will be pouring wines from the new Fall Release: The Escape Artist 2008, The Breadwinner 2008, Petite Sirah 2008 and more. We'll be serving tacos from the Taco Bar (Chef John Thiel's latest project), featuring music by Park St. Trio, and offering chocolates from NoshThis.


Wine Dinner featuring Stage Left - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7:00pm at Pappo in Alameda, CA.

Chef John Thiel has created a very special wine inspired menu - think Smoked Liberty Ranch Duck Confit paired with "The Scenic Route" 2007 and Fennel-Cumin Crusted Pork Loin with Tuscan Kale-Potato Gratin paired with "The Globetrotter" 2008 and and and... This is guaranteed to be a DELICIOUS meal with wine to complement every bite. Call the restaurant to make your reservations - seating is limited. 510-337-9100.

Family Winemakers Grand Tasting - Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fort Mason - San Francisco, CA
Consumer Tasting Sunday 3-6pm (special TRADE ONLY hours: Sunday 1-3pm and Monday 2-6pm).

Happy Hour featuring Stage Left Cellars - Friday July 1, 2011 at Miss Pearl's Jam House at The Waterfront Hotel - FREE TASTINGS from 5pm - 6pm. Start your holiday weekend with us. We'll be pouring a few of our latest releases - perfect wines for all of your summer fun!

Winemaker’s Dinner at Navio featuring Stage Left Cellars - Friday, June 17, 2011
Navio, The Ritz-Carlton - Half Moon Bay, CA
Make your reservations to join us for a spectacular evening at Navio. Chef Xavier will be creating a very special wine focused menu. Call 650-712-7040 to reserve your table.

Fundraiser for Friends of Family Paths Honoring Child Abuse Awareness Month
Stage Left Cellars - Oakland, CA - PUBLIC
April 30th, 6:00 - 9:00pm

“Dark and Delicious”- PS I Love You
Oakland, CA
Friday, February 18,2011

Meet the Winemaker at Miss Pearl's Jam House
Oakland, CA
March 4, 2011

Family Winemakers Tasting
Del Mar, CA
March 13, 2011

Family Winemakers Tasting
Pasadena, CA
March 15, 2011

Rhone Rangers
San Francisco, CA
March 26 – 27, 2011

2nd Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Rebuilding Together Oakland
1171 Ocean Ave, Oakland, CA
March 31, 2011
Buy tickets here
Come learn about and support the vital services Rebuilding Together Oakland provides for Oakland's low income communities. Stage Left will be pouring along with a handful of other local wineries. www.rtoakland.org

East Bay Vintners Annual Passport Event
Stage Left Cellars - Oakland, CA
April 2, 2011

Harvest Celebration
Saturday, November 6, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010 - Oakland Art Murmur

For our local fans, we'll be pouring at Vessel Gallery (471 25th Street in Oakland) this Friday 9/3 for Art Murmur from 5-9pm. Vessel is currently featuring paintings by Walter James Mansfield and jewelry by Rebecca Deans. And if you don't already know about Art Murmur, you should come check it out - 22+ Oakland galleries open their doors on the 1st Friday of each month to celebrate visual art. Come join the fun and enjoy a glass of Stage Left.

Come see us at the Family Winemakers of California's 20th Annual Tasting at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Take advantage of the Early Bird special price of $45 through August 1! Tickets and more information about "Tasting 2010" are at www.familywinemakers.org.

We'll be pouring our wines at The W Hotel in Silicon Valley on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at The W Happening - just a fun excuse to grab a glass of wine with your friends and co-workers.

Don't miss the Urban Wine Experience (UBX) at Jack London Square in Oakland, July 31, 2010.

Twenty-one wineries paired with outstanding local restaurants. Come sample upwards of 60 wines and gourmet bites to match. Stage Left will be teaming up with Little House Cafe offering pairings you won't want to miss! Enjoy live music. Attendees will take home their signature Riedel wine glass. Buy tickets here.

To help raise money for the Ohlone Humane Society's spay and neuter fund, we'll be pouring our wines at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 7pm. For a $25 donation, you'll be able to enjoy food, wine, and see the documentary Head Trip (and the Doggie Diner Heads will actually be on-site!). Click here to see a trailer. Trust us, this is going to be a fun, unique event - an evening you'll be sure to remember! Tickets are limited - buy here.

Stage Left will be pouring at the Rhone Ranger's annual consumer and trade tasting in Seattle July 13 - 14, 2010.

Savor tastes from over 50 of the Seattle area's most talented chefs and purveyors of fine food and sip wine from lots of Rhone Ranger member wineries. This event is a celebration of fabulous food, wines, games, live jazz and a sparkling sunset, with all proceeds directly benefiting FareStart's job training and placement program. Get more details.

JUNE and Stage Left Cellars are teaming up for a special wine dinner on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 7:00pm.

Think mint cured salmon, rabbit rillette, braised pork belly with mushroom fricassee - and once you've devoured all of that, dinner will be served! Seared duck breast and cote de boeuf with morels and more... Seriously. Of course we'll also be pairing our wines with each course - even pouring some of our library wines just to keep things interesting. If you want to join us, please call JUNE 206-323-4000 206-323-4000 to make a reservation. Seating is limited! JUNE is located at 1423 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

Stage Left is proud to support the Smithsonian's Second Annual Sustainable Seafood Conference taking place on Friday - Saturday, June 11-12, 2010 at the National Museum of Natural History.