Alameda is a funny little wedge of timelessness in the midst of the bustling Bay Area. The city actually occupies an island just off the Oakland shore. If you are thinking of coming to my Prop Shop Sale next week I thought I'd share some fun things to do while you're here!
We are well known for The Alameda Point Antiques & Collectibles Faire but did you know that The Pointe is also the location of St. George Spirits, an ingredient driven artisanal California distillery?
The building that houses St. George Spirits may look like a naval air hangar on the outside, but inside lies a vast warren of copper pot stills and casks filled with artisanal spirits.
St. George was founded in 1982 to make eau de vie fruit brandies, and the process of making handcrafted eau de vie continues to influence their development of other spirits.
California cuisine is known for being ingredient driven and their Californian spirits follow suit.
The distillery is a kitchen of sorts and their spirits are made from the most extraordinary fruit, vegetables, herbs, grasses, and grains that they can find.
Though flavor is of the utmost concern, they source their ingredients conscientiously-locally and organically. They take a "whole hog" approach to distillation-using source materials in their entirety, capturing all that is beautiful about raw ingredients in their natural state.
Eau de vie is all about capturing the essence of raw materials-it's the only way to make fruit live forever. The goal is to maximize flavor and aroma, not profitability. It's an artisanal process that results in a better tasting product.
They express themselves through craft distillation.
It's their art form, their passion, and their way of making the world just a little more beautiful.
The best place to taste and buy their spirits is right at the source: the distillery in Alameda.
When you visit the tasting room, you can sample everything they make, ask questions about spirits production, and make purchases onsite at their distillery store.
Rock Wall Wines are available to taste in their tasting room which is open Wednesday - Sunday from 12PM to 6PM
Rock Wall Wine Company
2301 Monarch Street
Suite 300, Building 24
(510) 522-5700 RockWallWines.com
If The Alameda Point Antiques & Collectibles Fair is the only thing that brings you to our fair city, now you have a few more things to discover!
I look forward to seeing many of you next week at my Prop Shop Sale beginning on Thursday Feb. 16th. Email me for details and directions.
Have a great weekend!
I'll be busy getting things ready for you!