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Exclusive Ridge Zinfandel Vertical Tasting Plus Food Pairing
Opening Bid: 250
Value: Priceless
Donors: Mary Sue and Maurice Bizzarri, Eric Sleigh and Christopher Wiseman, James Noe

Restrictions: There are 20 spaces available for this tasting.

Enjoy a dinner and wine tasting at the beautiful and unique art-filled San Francisco home of Jim Noe. The event starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner and tasting of Ridge Vineyards Zinfandels from 2005 to 2012. Each wine will be paired with food to complement the experience. The wine comes out of the natural cellar of a Merola Board member and will include only wines labeled “Zinfandel” from 2005 to 2012, including: Lytton East 2003; Carmichael 2004, 2009, and 2011; Hearts Desire 2011; Lytton Estate 2007 2010; York Creek 2011; Dusi Ranch 2006 2010; Buchignani 2011; Old School 2009 2007; Nervo 2006; and Mill 2012. Ridge is one of the premier boutique wine makers in California. A very abbreviated history (from their website: follows: The first zinfandel was made in 1964, followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward “hands off” approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established.

The vast majority of Ridge wines are alive and well after 15 years in the bottle – the zins especially hold up well.

Merola hopes you drink responsibly and take Uber/Lyft or other public transportation to and from this event. We do not recommend driving.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Port of Oakland Tour/Crane Climb/Wine Tasting
Opening Bid: 500
Value: Priceless
Donors: Port of Oakland, Rosenblum Cellars

Restrictions: You may choose one date within the 2019 Harbor Tour season (May – October). , A signed waiver from each guest is required to visit the top of the crane.

Avoid the wait list and enjoy four (4) reserved seats on our SOLD OUT tour of the Inner Harbor at the Port of Oakland, plus a visit to the top of one of our iconic cranes, which allegedly inspired George Lucas' AT-AT Walkers in The Empire Strikes back. Crane tours are not available to the general public, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! After your boat ride and visit to the cranes, enjoy a private wine tasting for you and your guests at Rosenblum Cellars, located adjacent to the Oakland Ferry Terminal. As a bonus, you will receive a complementary bottle of Rosenblum's 2013 Rockpile Zinfandel, rated 90 points by Wine Spectator and almost impossible to find at a wine shop.