Business is intoxicating down at R&B Cellars, an Alameda family-owned winery. “We have just released our new port,” explains Barbara Brown, who makes the wine alongside husband Kevin. “It is absolutely delicious — a true port in everything but name and made from two Portuguese port grapes, Tinta Madeira and Touriga.” Additionally, the Browns are celebrating their sweep of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, where their 2005 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet took “Double Gold,” “Best of Class” and “Judges’ Choice.” Oenophiles can judge for themselves at R&B’s cooperative tasting room at Alameda Point Vintners in Rock Wall Wine Company on the old Naval Air Base. (“Taste the wines of six different wineries — the first flight is free!” says Brown.) What to pair with it — perhaps something at one of these Alameda foodie destinations and Brown favorites?
JP Seafood Co.
“Fabulous fresh fish and specialties like crab cakes and fish stew. The best seafood in the East Bay.” 1202 Chestnut St.,(510) 865-3474, jpseafood.com
“Mustafa [Yildirim] is one of the most creative chefs in the East Bay. The menu is varied and delicious. Great wine list and one of the most inviting dining atmospheres with excellent, welcoming service.” 2508 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 521-4100, asenarestaurant.com
“Saboor Zafari is well known in Alameda for his creative and high quality cuisine. Great food, wonderful atmosphere, welcoming bar, friendly and attentive staff.” 2301 Central Ave., (510) 522-5822, angelasbistroandbar.com
Nob Hill Foods
“A foodie’s supermarket. Wonderful shopping experience and very supportive of local purveyors.” 2531 Blanding Ave., (510) 814-8800, raleys.com
Dragon Rouge Vietnamese Bistro
“This family-operated business is one of our favorite restaurants: delicious cuisine and great value.” 2304 Encinal Ave.,
(510) 521-1800, dragonrougerestaurant.com
“The best eggs benedict anywhere in Alameda — great bistro menu and fun, family-style atmosphere. Where else can you play board games while waiting for your food?” 1313 Park Ave., (510) 769-1011, thehobnobalameda.com
R&B Cellars, 1835 San Jose Ave., (510) 749-8477, rbcellars.com