Labor Day Weekend Wines

The days of the drive-in movie are nearly over, but you can still enjoy an outdoor film with a glass of cool wine in hand at one East Bay winery.

Movies in the Vineyard

You won’t have to drive to Napa or Sonoma for a wine country movie experience  at Chouinard Winery in the hills above Castro Valley.

Chouinard Winery

They kick off kick off a Labor Day weekend celebration with a Saturday (Sept. 3) showing of the 1954 horror classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20/car. Bring a picnic dinner and try the lineup of Chouinard wines including their award-winning 2007 malbec from Paso Robles ($19).

Movies are shown every Saturday night this month, including a Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon double feature Sept. 10.

Music & Meritage

Every Sunday in September, you can enjoy live music and wine tasting at Hannah Nicole Vineyardsin Brentwood. This Sunday (Sept. 4)  features an acoustic performance by Toree McGee from 1-4 p.m.

Owners Neil and Glenda Cohn originally wanted to grow apples, but followed the wine muse instead. They began making wine as amateurs in 2002 and opened their winery in 2009. The estate covers 80 acres and there are 10 current releases of red and white wines.

Saturday Happy Hour at Berkeley’s Casa Vino

Prices drop by $2 per glass at Casa Vino during the 5-6:30 p.m. happy hour on Saturdays. This wine-centric spot has one of the largest “by the glass” menus in the Bay Area featuring selections from all parts of wine country, foreign and domestic.

Wine Mine Find: $1 Tasting

Every Saturday afternoon, in the Temescal district of Oakland, David Sharp sets out 4-5 interesting wines for a $1 tasting at the Wine Mine, a delightful discount wine shop. That’s right, it’s only a buck to taste the whole flight. This Saturday (Sept. 3), the lineup features an all-rose selection.

Rosenblum Cellars

There will be live music on the deck at Rosenblum Cellars in Alameda this Saturday (Sept. 3) and 20 percent discounts on case sales through Labor Day. Admission is free.

They don’t make wine anymore at Rosenblum’s Alameda facility, but the tasting room is still open and  on a sunny day it’s a fun place to kick back and enjoy a glass of world-famous zinfandel.


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