Thursday, June 19th: A special winemaker dinner with Alexander Jules Sherries

Sherry is a little-understood wine that is currently experiencing a resurgence throughout the world. One of Spain’s most renowned creations, Sherry in all of its forms is a classic food pairing wine that adds a delicious and exciting dimension to any dinner course.

Join us at The Barrel Room Rockridge for a special dinner of perfectly paired dishes that will highlight the different types of Sherry, featuring the wines of Alexander Jules. A Sherry flight will also be available, sans pairing menu. Alex Russan, owner of Alexander Jules, will be on hand to discuss his wines and answer any questions about the fascinating world of Sherry.

Alex Jules Russan started the Alexander Jules label after having worked in specialty coffee and being a sherry lover for many years. As an independent bottler, he’s trying to ‘highlight’ outstanding casks that are normally being blended away. Alexander Jules stresses the minimum of treatments to the wine (fining, filtering, stabilizing, etc.). The wines are essentially bottled en rama, with just a cellulose plate filtration at time of saca (May 2013) and a 1 micron filtration at time of bottling. None of the wines are fined, cold stabilized or exposed to active carbon.

This is a unique and extraordinary event that will change the way you view Sherry!

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Summer Wine Class Series begins July 20 with Spain and Portugal!

Become a wine expert courtesy of The Barrel Room’s Certified Sommeliers. Each Sunday class is two hours (11am to 1pm) and includes materials and wine tastings along with perfectly matched food pairings. Reservations are required, $75 per person.

The Barrel Room in Oakland will be hosting a program of wine classes taught by Sarah Trubnick (WSET Advanced Certified Sommelier) that will debut on Sunday, July 20 with “Sherry: Spain’s Little-Known Treasure.” This first in a series of four classes will enable participants to tour the region of Jerez in Spain to learn about the history of sherry, its unique style, and its ability to accompany almost any meal. The various styles will be presented and paired appropriately.

The series will continue with an August 3 class titled “Rioja and the Basque Country” that will be followed on August 17 by “The Wines of Spain” and on August 31 by “The Wines of Portugal.”

To reserve your spot, click here!

Wednesday, June 4th: Champagne Andre Robert Winemaker Visit!

Located in the Côte des Blancs, Champagne André Robert sits on prized terroir, much of it in the grand cru territory of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. A ll of the wines are made on the estate from estate-grown fruit.

We will be offering a flight of the NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs and two vintage Champagnes: 2005 and 2006. The flight will be available alone or with a special pairing of small plates. These are delicious Champagnes for incredible prices. Taste them and meet the winemaker!

Tuesday, May 20th – Winemaker Dinner with Fausto Albanesi of Torre dei Beati

Join us in welcoming winemaker Fausto Albanesi! This winery, located in Loreto Apruntino in the highest mountain of the Appenines in Abruzzo, produces some amazing examples of Montepulciano, Trebbiano, and Pecorino. We will be featuring 4 wines: Trebbiano d’Abruzzo “Bianchi Grilli,” Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Rosato, and two fantastic Montepulciano d’Abruzzos.

Enjoy pairing menus with the wines presented, or sample the wines in a special flight. All wines will be available for retail purchase at a special discount. Information on the winery, wines, and regions will be on hand as well.

Special flight: $15

Full 4-course pairing menu: $65

Discover more about Torre dei Beati.
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February 14, 2014 – Valentine’s Day!


Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with us!

Rockridge – We have crafted a romantic 5-course prix fixe dinner for two with wine pairing options for a perfect Valentine’s night, complete with complimentary Champagne and roses! Vegetarian options are available.

$85 per person, $35 optional wine pairings. Make your reservation by emailing us at and specify your preferred seating time (5:30pm or 8pm). Reservations are highly recommended.

San Francisco – Looking for a pre- or post-V day dinner spot for a delicious bottle of Champagne? Stop by The Barrel Room for a bottle of bubbly and your choice of a 3-cheese platter or a dessert plate of XOX truffles and Port-infused, Scharffen Berger chocolate-dipped figs. Complimentary roses too! $85 per couple. Reserve your table by emailing