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Rock Wall Shows Off New Space

February 2010
by Kate Lavin
Alameda, Calif. -- Artist Shauna Rosenblum grew up learning about winemaking from her father, Kent Rosenblum, whose home winemaking hobby eventually grew to include world-class Zinfandel created in a cellar on Alameda Island, between San Francisco and Oakland.

During the past year, the father-and-daughter team have grown another dream into reality: the Rock Wall Wine Co., where they can not only produce wine together -- the setup also allows seven other small wineries to produce their wares under one roof, Building 24, a former airplane hangar on a retired naval base.

In December, the Rosenblums showcased their own Rock Wall Wines along with the other wineries at Rock Wall: Blacksmith Cellars, Carica Wines, Ehrenberg Cellars, JRE Wines, R&B Cellars and Virgo Cellars. The event, labeled a holiday bazaar, included the opportunity to take photos with Santa, listen to live music, take winery tours and taste everything from unreleased sparkling Grenache to a Chenin Blanc varietal to late-harvest Zinfandel.

For more information about Rock Wall’s urban winery concept -- or to link to any of its member wineries -- visit rockwallwineco.com.

John Choppy
John Choppy pours Rock Wall Wines 2007
Petite Sirah from Mendocino County.
Holiday Bazaar
Guests Leanna Bradford and Marilyn Byus
don festive hats for the Holiday Bazaar
Open House.
Rockwall Wine
Rock Wall Wine Co. staff Shauna Rosenblum, winemaker; Chelsea Blackburn, assistant winemaker; and Melanie Matzorkis, production assistant, enjoy themselves while mingling with consumers.
Ehrenberg wine
Marilou and Chris Ehrenberg greet visitors
to Ehrenberg Cellars' table at Rock Wall.
Rockwall Frank O'Rourke
Frank O'Rourke, investor for Rock Wall,
soaks in the atmosphere of the new space.
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