Beer, Wine, and Liquor

Published on November 25th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan


5 Bay Area Urban Wineries To Follow On Twitter

Urban Winery

Urban wineries have just what wine loving locavores want.  Here’s an easy way to follow them.

Whether you like to drink red wine or white,these days if you live in a major metropolitan area you probably don’t have to go far to find to find high quality, local producers. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are have taken note of urban winery ‘revolution’ and according to a blog post in, there are notable urban wineries in the Bay Area, New York City, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento and Cincinnati (yes, Cincinnati…). Several of these metro regions even have their own urban winery trade groups, like the East Bay Vinters AlliancePortland Urban Wineries and South Seattle Artisan Wineries.

This is the first of a series on urban wineries to follow on Twitter. Being a local, I’m starting with the Bay Area. The Bay Area’s proximity to vineyards and wine-centric culture make it fertile ground for urban winemakers. While there are far more than five great wineries in the bay area, not all use Twitter. These five wineries stand out because they produce tweets worth reading (for example, one just tweeted a 30% off discount code …)

Blux_bigger@bluxomewinery Bluxome St. Winery is a full working winery smack in the middle of San Francisco’s SOMA district.



img_logo_stamp_bigger.gif@donkeyandgoat Jared Brandt is the owner of Donkey & Goat, a highly touted warehouse winery in Berkeley. He tweets about his great wines and other interesting events.




@JCCellars JC Cellars makes hand-crafted single vineyard Napa Syrah, Sonoma Zinfandel and Mendocino Petite Sirah at it’s Oakland winery. They share a facility with @Dashecellars.

Monkey-on-Dashe-logo-for-we_bigger-1@Dashecellars Husband and wife team Michael and Anne Dashe make word-class artisan zinfandels, a cabernet sauvignon and a dry riesling in their eponymous winery in Oakland.


table_sort_hands_small_bigger@twomilewines Two Mile Wines is a microwinery making wine for locals. They also happen to have a great tasting room in the 25th Street Collective, a sustainable business incubator in Oakland.

Two Mile


If you’re interested I have compiled a more comprehensive list of urban wineries from around the country.

Next up: 5 Portland Urban Wineries to Follow on Twitter

Photo: Courtesy Two Mile Wines


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About the Author

is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .

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