Max and I hung out at Occidental Cigar Club in San Francisco in October. This is the first part of a five part interview.
This wine starts off with a vegetal taste that opens up into tart berry flavors. A warm nose, deep purple color with berry greets the swirl and sniff. After some time, the wine opens up with deeper but not overpowering tartness and subtle spices. A pleasing, easy to drink wine with a medium finish, balanced yet light tannins that remain prominent throughout the glass and bottle. Beautiful lilac and lavender coat the palate throughout the wine.
We’ll be doing more reviews of Urbano Cellars as they’re local to Oakland AND I intend to interview Bob Rawson, the winemaker. He talked to me a bit off air about his wines and I’m interested to know more about them. Their tasting room is located in the same space as Urban Legends Cellars.
Btw, the bottling event for both Urbano Cellars and Urban Legends was pretty sweet. I’ll blog about that in an upcoming post!
Urban Legend Cellars March Newsletter
Urban Legend Calendar
Mar. 13/15 – Family Winemakers SoCal
Mar. 20 – Eat, Drink, & Jazz!
Mar. 29 – Millennium Dinner
Apr. 2 – Passport to the East Bay
Apr. 15/16 – No Tax Release Day
June 11 – 2011 Barbera Festival
urban legend wins medals
Mom always told us not to brag, but several of our "babies" did us proud in recent wine judging.
2011 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition
- 2009 Syrah (Amador)
- 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake)
- 2009 Tempranillo (Clarksburg)
- 2009 Mourvedre (Amador)
- 2009 Dolcetto (El Dorado)
- 2009 Barbera (Amador)
- 2009 Lolapalooza (Amador)
Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
- 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake)
- 2009 Syrah (Amador)
- 2009 Barbera (Amador)
Millennium Winemaker’s Dinner
A Gluten-Free Vegetarian Winemaker’s Dinner
Millennium Restaurant, San Francisco, Tuesday March 29, 2011 6:30 PM
We’re honored and thrilled for the opportunity to pair our wines with some of the most exciting food in the Bay Area! Chef Eric Tucker is preparing an exquisite five course gluten-free vegetarian meal matched to Urban Legend Cellars wines. He’s absolutely a wizard with flavor; eating your veggies never tasted so good.
As anyone who’s had a bottle of ironworks knows, we’re not fans of buzzword bingo. Ignore the "gluten-free", "sustainable", "organic", "vegan", and "vegetarian" monikers if you like; this will just be an exquisite meal with great wines.
$85/person (before tax/gratuity)
5 course prix fixe menu (gluten-free!)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:00-9:30 pm (ish)
6:00 pm reception
Dinner served promptly at 6:30 pm
580 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
The dinner will take place in Millennium’s Private "Wineroom".
Space is limited and reservations must be made through Alison: 415.345.3900 x13
2011 Passport to the East Bay Wineries
22 East Bay wineries pour for a once-a-year experience
Saturday, April 2nd – Noon to 5:00 PM
Urban Legend Cellars, 621 4th St, Oakland (plus 5 other locations)
It’s that time again! The East Bay Vintner’s Alliance presents the 4th annual “Passport to the East Bay” featuring 21 award-winning urban wineries pouring their wares at 6 winery locations. The East Bay Wine Trail wanders the concrete jungle of Oakland and Alameda, providing hours of imbibing and hors d’ oeuvres.
Urban Legend Cellars will be hosting Adams Point Winery, Stomping Girl Wines, and Urbano Cellars. Live Music by Jethro Jeremiah and Skimpy Portions.
You’ll get to sample the classics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir, but also more intrepid varietals like Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and Roussanne.
Each ticket purchased provides free access to each of the six tasting rooms from 12 to 5 PM, an assortment of appetizers, and a souvenir glass. Designated drivers will receive a complimentary coffee mug.
Take advantage of the urban environment and use public transit. For your convenience, a shuttle bus between wineries, West Oakland BART, and the Oakland Ferry will be provided by The Mexican Bus.
Be Merry. Eat, Drink, and Jazz!
Sunday, March 20, 6-10 p.m. – The New Parrish, Oakland
Mix wine, food, and music and what do you get? Fun all around! Join Urban Legend with other wine and spirits makers, some of the area’s most happening chefs, and hot musicians at Eat, Drink, and Jazz! at The New Parrish, 579 18th Street (at San Pablo) in Oakland.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and are available online at http://thenewparrish.com.
No Tax Release Day
April 15th or 16th
Ok, we’re still working out the details on this, but our 2011 Riesling, 2011 Tocai Friulano, 2011 Rosato di Barbera (yes, it’s back!), and 2011 Sauvignon Blanc will all be ready to make their debut. We thought we’d help everyone through this most dreaded of financial days by covering the sales tax on purchases of our new releases.
So, we’re either going to do this on Friday evening, April 15th at the winery, or if we can get the details worked out, we’ll have this event at a local restaurant on Saturday afternoon, April 16th. Stay tuned for more details. It’ll be a great way to de-stress from tax day either way.
Grower David Weiss of Bella Vista Farming Company (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Nebbiolo) will be on-hand to chat and answer questions about his vineyards, fruit, and farming philosophy. David is a real gem; we’re extremely privileged to work with him.
2011 Barbera Festival
June 11th, 2011 11 AM – 4 PM
Cooper Ranch, Plymouth
Shenandoah Valley, Amador County
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of Barbera. It was, after all, the first grape we selected on turning pro in 2008. When we caught rumor of this festival, we had to be one of the first to sign up. We’ll be there with both our Cooper Ranch (Amador County) and Holland Landing (Clarksburg) Barbera. Join us and more than 80 other wineries in celebrating this versatile, delicious, but under-sung variety.
More information at:The 2011 Barbera Festival
Tickets online at: Barbera Festival
urban legend Goes South…
Sunday, March 13, 3:00-6:00 p.m. – Del Mar Fairgrounds (Public and Trade)
Tuesday, March 15, 2:00-6:00 p.m. – Pasadena Convention Center (Trade Only)
…Not that way–we’re on the road! Taste dozens of wines from small, artisanal producers and meet UL winemaker Steve at two Family Winemakers Association tastings in Southern California. If you’re near San Diego, join us at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar) from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.
Are you a member of the hospitality trade? Then we’d love to see you in Del Mar from 1 to 3 p.m. or at the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green St. in Pasadena) on March 15. Advance registration is required.
Purchase tickets and get more information from the Family Winemakers web site at http://www.familywinemakers.org/tastings/tastings.cfm use discount code Urban13 and save!
Thank You for Showing the Love
Urban Legend and Kimberlii Walker say "thank you" for your support! You helped UL raise more than $2000 to fund Kimi’s triathlon effort through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT).
If you’d like to find out more about Kimi’s effort, visit her TNT page at
You go, girl!
We Have the Best Friends!
Thank you, bottling volunteers; you got it done!
Frequently, our friends and customers offer to help out at the winery. We’re reluctant to take advantage of them because winery work can be really hard. (We keep waiting for the glamour, but it hasn’t shown up much yet.)
Bottling day, however, is another story. It’s a day where we need 15 or so people who are willing to do what seems like dozens of silly tasks–dumping bottles out of boxes just SO, dropping capsules, packing filled bottles back in cases, and so on. It’s steady, demanding, and, oh, by the way, done outside on the street in a trailer.
So, when you realize that not only did you get a crew to arrive on one of the coldest and wettest days this winter and that many of them had worked your bottling line before (so, in principle, they should know better), it’s an incredible gift.
All we can say is, "thank you–you’re incredible."