Solano Cellars Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Our Wine Bar is open from 4-8pm Tuesday-Saturday and 2-6pm on Sunday.

A neighborhood wine shop and bar focusing on small production wines.

Tonight at Solano? We Bang the Meinklang.

Nope: not a T.Rex song, not a banned book, and we didn't just insult your mother, either. That brassy sound you heard was the name of one of the most interesting wineries working in Europe today, a family-run, biodynamically practicing farm smack-dab on the border of Austria and Hungary.

Set in the middle of the Neusiedlersee National Park (a World Heritage Site), they wouldn't be allowed to work with chemicals there if they wanted to. Fortunately? They don't, and they've engendered a kind of biodynamic paradise inside an unspoilt nature refuge.

The Michlits family are justly proud of their work: they're lauded the world over for showing that it's possible to farm biodynamically at a scale bigger than micro-micro; it's also where the entire next generation of Austrian winemakers have come to learn how to work naturally.

But they're also quick to humbly point out that their mixed farm that now gets lauded as a biodynamic wonderland (they have fields of ancient grains, all kinds of fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, meadows of wild herbs, goats, chickens, sheep, and over 300 cattle) is just a version of the way people used to farm!

But... how are the wines? They are exactly as full of life as one might expect from such a place, and they range from the eminently guzzlable (try their sparkling pet nat and try to frown; it's about as easy to do as rubbing your stomach and patting your head) to the verging-on-serious.

Tonight at Solano? We're excited to be pouring you five of these biodynamic beasties: a sparkling "Prosa" pet nat rosé, a Gruner Veltliner, and three of their suited-for-summer reds.

Come Bang the Meinklang!

Tonight. 5:30 PM.
Five Wines. $10.
Only at Solano. @meinklang_farm @ailisrm @ Solano Cellars Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Tonight at Solano!

You Conduit!

Our man Aaron Bryan's back! A classically trained economist, Aaron got wine fever while at UCSB, and refused to give it up; what started as a garage project in SF's Mission District turned into one of CA's newest coolest small producers. In 2013 he made the leap to full time and has been producing wines (Conduit and Divergent Vine) and ciders (Tag + Jug) ever since.

Aaron works naturally, and his style is clean, balanced, food-friendly, and built to last. He only works with family-owned vineyards that follow conscious, sustainable farming practices. We're pouring his Marsanne/Rousanne blend, his Viognier, his Russian River Zin, his Dry Creek Syrah, and his deliciously dry wine/cider blend!

Conduit Comes to Solano.
Tonight. 5:30 PM. ($10.). @conduitwine @tagandjugciderco @respectfulcoolguy

The (new!) Conduit - local winemaker/proprietor Aaron Bryan in the house!
Thursday 5:30-7:30pm at Solano Cellars
$10 tasting - 5 wines:

2014 Divergent Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel "The Resilient Block"
Tag & Jug Cider/Wine Blend

The Story:
Winemaker and proprietor Aaron Bryan has a nontraditional winemaking background. A classically trained economist, Aaron fell in love with the art and science of winemaking during his time at UC Santa Barbara. He continued his informal wine education during his time in New York City and when he moved back to the West Coast, started making beer and wine out of his garage in the Mission District of San Francisco. Eventually, he met a group of urban winemakers on Treasure Island and started trading beer for a few barrels of cellar space. In 2013 he decided to make the leap full time and has been producing Conduit and Divergent Vine wines and Tag + Jug Cider since.

Aaron makes natural winemaking style is clean, balanced, food-friendly, and built to last. He only works with family-owned vineyards that follow conscious, sustainable farming practices.

Unpretentious, accessible, a**hole-free!

Come try 'em. @conduitwine @tagandjugciderco @respectfulcoolguy #localwine #winemakertasting #winetasting #drinklocal #naturalwine #naturalista #cidertasting #thirstythursday

Tonight at Solano!

Guiberteau & Friends.

If Saumur is the beating heart of Loire wine production, Brezé, the hallowed Saumur hill chock-full of chalky tuffeau, would be its sino-atrial node. And if an electron microscope suddenly revealed a little man operating the pacemaker's control booth (work with my metaphor here)? That man would be Romain Guiberteau, a new Loire legend in the making, having trained with greats like Clos Rougeard's Nady Foucault.

Tonight at Solano? We're tasting 5 wines from Guiberteau and some of his neighbors. If you've ever wanted to understand the ineffable mysteries of Loire-raised Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc? This is your night.

The Saumur Show.

Tonight at Solano! 5:30 PM.
Cerified Saumur Freak Syler Silva in the House! @sylersilva @thesourceimports @domaineguiberteau @chateaudebreze @domainearnaudlambert #loirevalley #saumur #breze

Female Winemaker-badassery meets one of our favorite regions in the world. This Thursday we’re tasting Elena Walch’s Alto Adige drops of heaven:
2017 Pinot Bianco
2017 Pinot Grigio 'Castel Ringberg'
2017 Schiava
2017 Wilhelm Walch Pinot Nero
2017 Gewurztraminer
#altoadige #altoadigewine
@elena.walch @chamberswines @mitcheatsworld
5:30-7:30pm at Solano

South America: so hot right now. Come see for yourself! Argentina: not just a mediocre Malbec machine 😮 Chile... next emerging Pinot nation? Come taste an exceptional, affordable, anything-but-ordinary lineup:
El Enemigo Bonarda and Cab Franc, Catena Zapata Cabernet, Caten Malbec blend, Root 1 Pinot Noir. 5 💣 reds, only $10, only at Solano Cellars. Tomorrow from 5:30-7:30pm. #southamerica #argentina #chile #winetasting #southamericawine #argentinewine #chileanwine #malbec #cabernet #pinotnoir #redwine #thirstythursday

Thursday at Solano! Friday at Vine St.!

Two shops. Two days.
Two countries. One peninsula!

With over 230 grape varieties in Spain... and over 250 in Portugal? It just makes sense that we'd spread the vinous love across two nights and multiple zip codes!

So on Thursday at Solano Cellars, and on Friday at Vine Street, we celebrate winemaking traditions every bit as rich and ancient as their F-word neighbors to the north! Two nights. Two flights. (Five different Iberian wonders each night!)

Thurs, 3/14: Solano, 5:30 PM.
(With Iberianologist Marion Groetschel in the house!)
Fri, 3/15: Vine, 5:30 PM.
(With Spanish wine expert Margot McGrath in the house!)
#Iberia #iberianwine #portugal #spain #winetasting #wine

Please join Dr. Dana DePietro, Dr. Jeff Pearson, & Ti Ngo—archaeologists, educators, and wine professionals—on an epic journey through the world and wines of the Labors of Heracles!

The Ancient Mediterranean World was replete with tales of gods, monsters, and heroes, but no legendary figure fascinated the Greeks and Romans quite like Heracles (Hercules to the Romans). While he plays a central or cameo role in countless myths, Heracles is most famous for the series of extraordinary Labors that he was required to complete in servitude to his rival, King Eurystheus. Inspired by the myth cycle surrounding these Labors, our latest guided tour of the Wines of the Ancient World features eight exciting and unique wines from the places Heracles visited during his journeys, along with small-plate food pairings inspired by his timeless feats of strength, skill, and cunning!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Society for Humanitarian Archaeological Research and Exploration (S.H.A.R.E.), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses archaeology as a tool to promote peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine. S.H.A.R.E. is currently raising money to fund its third annual two-week conservation and dialogue project for Arab and Jewish youth in the seaside town of Jisr az-Zarqa, Israel. This program provides an opportunity for these young people to engage with the past, the present, and one another on their own terms.

8 Wines and Food Pairings for $60

Space for this event is limited, so reserve your tickets soon at the following link:

Saturday 3/16 (6-8:30 pm) @ Solano Cellars, 1580 Solano Ave., Berkeley:

Thank you for your continued support of our work.
~Dana, Jeff, and Ti
#ancientwine #winehistory #winetasting

Last week we featured some killer French staples, and this week we are diving into a completely different kind of French wine: Niche and Natural (never natty!) French! The yin to last week's yang if you will. Hosted by MC Squared, an importer focused on responsibly farmed, minimal intervention "natural" wines that are as clean as the day is long. No mouse in this house! We'll visit some slightly more 'niche' French than your standard Burdundy-Bordeaux 1-2 punch: Sparking Pinot Blanc from Alsace, Vermentino-Roussanne (!) from Provence, Picpoul and Tempranillo (!!!) from Languedoc, San Soufre Beaujolais that smells like Red Hots, and a classic Jura Trousseau. Far from ordinary and nothing short of extraordinary, these wines will make your re-think France... and re-think natural! Thursday March 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Solano Cellars!

Fee: $10/person.
#naturalwine #naturalwines #naturalwinelover #organic #biodynamic #sustainable #sanssoufre #frenchwine #naturalfrenchwine #thirstythursday #winetasting #beaujolais #alsace #cremant #tempranillo #picpoul #provence #languedoc #jura #trousseau

Pierreclos: both a 1000-year-old Chatêau in Burgundy... and our newest portal to French delight.

The story: when Paul, scion of a Burgundian winemaking family, suffered the inconvenience (not to say indignity!) of falling in love with une Américaine? He barely hesitated; his very next move was to partner with his buddy Alejandro, and to create an import business to bring his family's wines (and the wines of a few talented friends) to the US for the first time.
The wines they've brought in are only available in France and Northern California, and they're as tasty as they are affordable. Tonight we're pouring five of them, including a sparkling Cremant from Paul's family's winery, white and red Burgundies that don't break the bank, one Rhône Grenache, and one vinous "black swan" (Syrah from Beaujolais?! What's next, a failed reality TV star for President?)

Come Get Pierreclos'ed!
Tonight, 2/28. 5:30-7:30 PM.
Only at Solano. Only $10.
@pierreclosimports #burgundy #burgundywine #thirstythursday #drinkburgundy

It doesn’t get more mom ‘n pop (‘n grandma ‘n grandpa) than this! Paul is from a multigenerational family winery in Burgundy: Côteaux de Margots. Due to the inconvenience of falling in love with an American woman (*le sigh*) Paul has started an import business to bring his beautiful family’s wines (and the wines of a few talented friends!) to the States for the first time. These are delightful, affordable French goodness, the likes of which you can literally only find at a few locations in the Bay... or by traveling to Burgundy (do we HAVE to?!) Here’s the lineup:

Coteaux de Margots Cremant Brut
Coteaux de Margots Macon-Villages Blanc
Coteaux de Margots Bourgogne Rouge
Domaine de la Taurelle ‘Truffiere’ Old Vine Grenache, Burgundy
Petit Perout ‘Desir’ Syrah, Beaujolais (?!)

Thursday 2/28 from 5:30-7:30pm at Solano Cellars! $10/person.
@pierreclosimports #burgundy #beaujolais #macon #frenchwine #thirstythursday #winetasting #drinkfrench #frenchimporter #pinotnoir #chardonnay #grenache #syrah #bubbles

Nope -- not a Shiraz in sight! Tonight we uncover the NEW Australia - these wines are a far cry from your Grandma's kangaroo-covered "critter wines." These Aussies are organically farmed, made with minimal intervention, and as vibrant and leaping-fresh as, um, a mammal designed for hopping? A pet nat sparkler made from Bianco d'Alessano! Pinot Gris from Victoria, Riesling from Clare Valley, Pinot from the Yarra, Cab Franc from McLaren Vale, and a Cab-Shiraz blend maybe designed to prove that Grandpa wasn't all wrong.

TONIGHT Thursday, 2/21. 5:30 PM.
Only at Solano. Only $10!
#aussie #australia #drinkaustralia #aussiewine #australianwine #downunder #thirstythursday #wine #winetasting

Strong feelings about our Uncharted Australia event this Thursday 👀 Not a Shiraz in sight! This Thursday we are uncovering the NEW Australia - these wines are a far cry from your Grandma's Yellow Tail. Organically farmed, minimal intervention, fresh fruit... this is the new Aussie, mate!

The wine-up:

2018 Delinquente Tuff Nut Bianco Pet Nat, Riverland
2017 MWC Pinot Gris, Victoria
2018 Grosset 'Alea' Riesling, Clare Valley
2016 Mac Forbes Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
2017 Brash Higgins Cabernet Franc, McLarenVale
2012 Voyager 'Girt By Sea' Bordeaux Blend

Only $10 at Solano Cellars!
#aussie #australia #aussiewine #organicwine #naturalwine #australianwine #petnat #thirstythursday

We're horrible people. Who subdues Cupid with a fiberglass crossbow, and then ties up his team of cherubs besides?

But... how could we help it? Picture a train loaded not just with carloads of Eros-enhancing bubbles (including one macerated with 6 varieties of estate-grown roses... as in the actual flower! no joke!), but a trunk full of angel-biscuits besides!

Our moral fall? Your sensual gain. We'll begin by popping at least four different bottles of bubbly (including the only rosé that truly deserves the name!) from Floraison Selections.

Then? We'll wheel out the brain-dilating meringues of Svetlana Royzen. These are less like those "cookies" you mortals are familiar with, and more like the biscuits cherubs feed one another while contemplating the Nine Forms of Love. Think: Sage. Coriander. Beets. Rose with pistachios. More! All hand-dipped in a variety of chocolates!

Rob the Angels!
Thurs, 2/14. 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Only at Solano. Only $15!
#valentinesday2019 #vday #galentines #galentinesday #bubbles #petnat #sparklingwine #cider #foodandwine #thirstythursday

Bubbles & Meringues with Floraison, VALENTINES DAY, Thursday, February 14 - 5:30-7:30pm @ Solano Cellars

Back by popular demand! Whether you're celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's or none of the above, everyday is a good day for a mouth-watering bubbly pairing.

Taste the meringues of Svetlana Royzen (Unlike anything you've ever tried, these are less like cookies, and more like cherub-biscuits. Think: Sage. Coriander. Beets. Rose with pistachios. All hand-dipped in a variety of chocolates!) next to small lot bubbles (and cider!)... aaaand die and go to heaven.

The wine-up:

Domaine Serol 'Turbullent' Natural Sparkling Rosé
Domaine Sulauze 'Super Modeste' Natural Sparkling Vin de France
Sylvain Dittière 'La Porte St. Jean, Six Roses' Dry Sparkling Rosé (macerated with 6 varieties of estate-grown roses!)
Julien Thurel Cidre Sec 'Nectar'

Only $15 at Solano Cellars!
#meringue #sparklingwine #bubbles #foodandwine #winepairing #winetasting #wineeducation #valentinesday #galentinesday #thirstythursday #girlsnightout

Craft Austrian Tasting with Craft & Estate - ft Emily Kaplan , Thursday February 7 - 5:30-7:30pm

Uncover some of the best kept secrets in wine! Austria produces some of the cleanest, most vibrant, and tantalizing whites and reds the world over. You've probably (whether knowingly or not!) tasted Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Austrian Riesling. But have you tasted sparkling Grüner made in the Champagne method? Some of the most minerally Pinot Noir that rivals Burgundy's finest Premier Cru vineyards? Zwei-what? Didn't think so! Come on in and be charmed by these 5 gems:

NV Szigeti Brut Gruner Veltliner
2017 Lorimer Kamptal Riesling Trocken
2015 Weininger Pinot Noir
2017 Lust & Leben Zweigelt/St Laurent
2017 Paul Achs Blaufrankisch

Tasting fee: $10.
#austria #austrianwine #winetasting #thirstythursday #bayarea #riesling #sparklingwine #bubbles #pinotnoir

Tonight, 1/31:
Roman Wine Seminar at Solano!

Grab your amphora(e) and Bacchus up the truck! Because tonight? We're welcoming Vito Fabrizio, the unstoppable engine behind Aemilia Imports, for a not-to-be-missed seminar on Roman Wine.

We'll cover the rich history of Roman wine production, wine commerce, and, most pertinently to your needs? Wine drinking. (Nota bene: while it is true that Romans mixed their wine with water, and thought only barbarians drank it straight, we will not be reviving this practice. We're comfortable in our barbarian status!)

Vito will pour six wines over the course of the seminar (four Romans and two Barbarians!). And like Seneca, Martial and Pliny the Elder before him? He will likely recommend not over-consuming at the public baths.

We're hosting two sessions, both with limited seating! Please reserve a spot for the 6 PM or 7 PM session by calling (510) 525-9463.

$15 for 6 Wines.
#italianwine #ancientwine #romanwine #winehistory #wine101 #thirstythursday #wine #winetasting

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1580 Solano Ave
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Monday 11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 20:00
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Friday 11:00 - 20:00
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