Winemaker Brendan Tracey, left, chatting with customers during a wine tasting inside Vintage Berkeley's Elmwood store.

Winemaker Brendan Tracey, left, chatting with customers during a wine tasting inside Vintage Berkeley’s Elmwood store.

On my bus ride home that travels on Grand Avenue, I noticed awhile back the relatively new wine store Bay Grape, and I always thought it was interesting to see the small wine shop considering there’s also a wine shop/wine bar called Ordinaire just a few blocks away on the same street.

It seems Oakland is in the middle of a wine boon, with not just new wine stores like the four-month-old Oakland Crush in Jack London Square, but urban wineries and a wine walking trail.

The focus on these Oakland wine stores is just a part of my recent story that was published in Berkeleyside.com’s NOSH food blog. Visit here to read the full story.

Bay Grape on Grand Avenue host several wine classes and events at its store to welcome the community.

Bay Grape on Grand Avenue host several wine classes and events at its store to welcome the community.

Erin Coburn is the owner of the new Oakland Crush in Jack London Square

Erin Coburn is the owner of the new Oakland Crush in Jack London Square

Oakland Crush offers wine tasting from small producers.

Oakland Crush offers wine tasting from small producers.

Below are photos of two particular stores that I found interesting during my reporting: Bay Grape and Oakland Crush. Bay Grape is quirky and not your typical wine store in presentation, while Oakland Crush is a fancy and sleek new communal spot. Several of these images didn’t make the Berkeleyside post, so I decided to pull them into this exhibit below.

The deets: Bay Grape, 376 Grand Ave., Oakland. PH: 510.686.3615. Open weekdays, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. www.baygrapewine.com

Oakland Crush, 420 3rd St., Oakland. PH: 510.891.1024. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday. oaklandcrush.com

2 Responses to Spotlighting Oakland Boutique Wine Stores

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    Always great to see more boutique wine shops open up. So do pray tell: what interesting bottles did you take home to try? 😉

    • Ben Ben says:

      LOL, it wasn’t that kind of research! I did see some nice bottles of orange wine at Bay Grape that I’ve been meaning to go back to get. It’s rare to find a store that carries orange wine, which to me is just a pretty color for wine (almost like the color of scotch).