The strip of 40th Street off Broadway continues to grow, and the same block that draws crowds regularly because of the mac and cheese restaurant Homeroom has now blossomed with a few novelty stores, including the boutique wine shop Oakland Yard.
Opened late last year by partners Daniel Schmidt and Jonathan Davis, the tiny wine shop is sleek and modern with a wine bar in the back. Schmidt and Davis are both natives of the Bay Area but for awhile lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York. When they decided to move back to the Bay Area, they decided to go into business together and open the wine shop with their wives.
I noticed the store driving by because you can’t miss the colorful exterior that’s almost like a wall mural. It complements the next door shops that all have a fun, colorful vibe to it. Inside the store, it’s a boutique wine shop with a tiny space but Schmidt and Davis are determined to squeeze in as many bottles from as many countries around the globe. You’ll see bottles, even if just a handful, from many wine regions like California, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Argentina and Germany.
And many of the labels also come from small wineries so you might be able to find some unique finds. The store holds regular wine tasting (check its site for details) so you can try some of these relatively unknown makers to see if you connect with one.
Oakland definitely has its share of boutique wine shops. In fact, I wrote about it a year ago in this Berkeleyside post. What’s nice about these shops is that they’re in the neighborhood, making it easy for people to stroll by and find a bottle for dinner or to take to a friend’s house. It’s the convenience and personalization that adds to the diversity of the area so it’s a welcomed addition to the hood.
The deets: 420 40th St., Oakland. PH: 510.808.5129. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m., and Monday from 4 p.m. Tasting flights Thursday and Sunday. www.oaklandyardwineshop.com
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