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Rock Wall Wine Company Hosts First Open House at Alameda Point

Early this morning, the giant doors of Building 24, a former aircraft hanger, at Alameda Point swung open to allow preparation for the Rock Wall Wine Company’s first Harvest open house event.

From inside the hangar, roughly 300 guests who paid $30 to $40 per ticket enjoyed views of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge, impeded only by a sound stage supporting the classic rock cover band “Downwind Run” which provided the soundtrack to the event.

Roughly eight winemakers were represented, including the Rock Wall Wine Company, run by Shauna Rosenblum with support from her father Kent, and several other boutique winemakers, such as Blacksmith Cellars, all of them guest vintners sharing space at the massive building with Rock Wall.

Angela’s Bistro catered food for the event – guests enjoyed faccacia bread, cheese, grilled sausages and beef, and caprese salad. Several people paid $10 and lined-up for a tour of the wine making and storage facilities in the other half of the building. The event recalled the days when Kent Rosenblum had hundreds of people lining up outside of Rosenblum Cellars – now owned by Diageo Beverages – less than a mile away on the other side of Main Street, for his annual open house celebrations.

The only glitch for the day were the long waits near closing time to purchase wine to take home, the end goal for event organizers after all. Only one electronic terminal of four was working, creating wait-times of up to 35 minutes according to one enthusiast.

According to Rock Wall’s website, the facility is a venue for rent for private events such as corporate functions and weddings. Prospective party-throwers should contact John Walker, also at Alameda Point, at Area 51 Event Productions.

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