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In the past, I would've given Rosenblum 4 stars. However, they were sold about 2 years ago to a large Napa owned company & the wines haven't been the same since! My friends & I have been coming to Rosenblum for over 7 years. We watched the open house Parties go from medium to overcrowded in 4 years (before sale). Once the new owners took over, the Open House events went up by about $10, most of the wines are bitter & very dry (even reds) & there's less food served. We went from buying cases@these events to buying a couple of bottles. That says a lot for the 30-early 40 crowd!
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As development encroaches more & more into our once quiet lives, and everyone espouses 'progress', these people bought undeveloped land basically on top of a well-known race track. I could care less if it wasn't being utilized as much as they thought when they purchased the land (probably zoned mixed-use or industrial). Industrial or mixed-use zoned land has seperate noise ordanances than residentially zoned land. Therefore, if you purchase property that is zoned as theirs is, you should buffer your 'compound' (reminds me of the Branch Davidians-LOL) against the allowed decibal levels for that area. Plain & simple.
Hooray Alameda!!! Finally, a city thats soul isn't for sale!
Personally, I have family that lives on that idyllic island & I love the 25 mph, cars that actually STOP for pedestrians in the crosswalk & neighbors that ACTUALLY greet you (even if you're a 'stranger').
A party such as the one described is completely out of sync with this beautiful city. A curse on the promoters for even considering that site! The logistics themselves would be a nightmare. Not only that, but would be party goers would for sure be targeted by the local police as they were coming & going from the base (what else do the local cops there have to do?).
On the flip side, Rosenblum winery (located across from the base) has for years successfully thrown an open house every four months to celebrate various wine releases. Their open house parties have grown considerably in size over the past few years. However, even with the massive consumption of wine, food & live music - it continues to be a relatively sedate party.
Must be the clientele............
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