1580 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA 94707-2117
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).
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!