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.
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
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