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Best Place to Miss the Ferry 

Rosenblum Cellars

Nothing beats a refreshing jaunt on the ferry across the Bay from Alameda to San Francisco, especially on a sun-drenched weekend day. What makes the excursion even better, however, is a quick stop at Alameda's Rosenblum Winery and tasting room, almost too conveniently located just a few hundred feet from the ferry dock inside an old railroad building. The upstairs tasting room is staffed by a crew of friendly wine aficionados who are more than willing to impart their share of extensive wine knowledge to visitors as well as happily doling hearty doses from the tasting menu (the first four to five wines are free; $8 will get you a complete tasting, including their selected reserves). Everything from its sweet Viogniers to its hearty, robust reds that swell with flavor (founder Kent Rosenblum is noted for helping foster the popularity of the Zinfandel varietal in California in the 1970s) is veritably palate-pleasing. Grapes are harvested and shipped from Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, Paso Robles, and Amador County (and beyond) and sorted, yeasted, fermented, and extracted in small batches on site. So you missed the ferry. So what? After a half-hour at Rosenblum, you may forget why (or where) you were going in the first place.

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