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Solano Cellars: East Bay Winos Rejoice!

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Solano Cellars

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA 94707-2117
(510) 525-9463

Solano Cellars (Albany, CA) is one of those places that you walk in just know — these folks get it.  It ain’t fancy, but its the lack of bells and whistles that just screams:  this place is about wine.  About hard to find, unique wines that won’t break your budget, but that will expand your palate.

But here’s the real kicker:  it’s got a little wine bar that serves up small-plates to compliment the stuff in your glass, AND it offers some great wine events and wine classes.  Just yesterday, they hosted “Champagne College.”  The only thing I don’t like about this place is that I have to drive across the bridge to get here.  But now that I’ve been, I’ll be sure to be back for more (especially since I can enjoy the free WiFi and do some writing from the road).

Wine Bar @ Solano Cellars

Wine Bar @ Solano Cellars

I stopped by for their “Taste of the Case” special this past Sunday:  $12 for 12 wines that make up their May “sampler.”  Yes sir – you too can have your own handpicked case of wine for only $150.  Yup, you heard me right:  one-fitty.  Bargain.  I’ve attached the full list here, but here are some highlights:

  • 2009 Hofer Gruner Veltliner – $16 bucks gets you this 1Litre of summer-in-a-bottle.  Imported by the legendary Terry Theise, this casual big-boy is topped off w/ a soda cap.
  • 2009 Preston Sauvignon Blanc – Did someone say summer?  This citrus-drenched wine will be a popular item as you sit on patio and soak up some sun.   BTW – you should stop by this charming winery in the Dry Creek Valley.

I walked away with a bottle of 2008 Bedrock Sonoma County Syrah, brought it to a dinner party, and it just flew out of the bottle.  Will definitely be back for more! 



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2 thoughts on “Solano Cellars: East Bay Winos Rejoice!

  1. Not fancy? They have giant Connect Four. or so they tell me.

    • oohh….i missed on on the Connect Four, and didn’t know there were board games. I would have given them extra points for having a game of Twister going on in the wine bar when I walked in!

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