San Francisco Bay Guardian: Great Bay escapes, July 12, 2011



On the western edge of the island of Alameda, a one-time naval station has been repurposed into the discerning boozehound's day trip of choice. Located within a easy block's stumble of one another lie the tasting rooms of St. George Spirits (boasting absinthe, flavored vodkas, and coffee liqueur on the shelves) and Rock Wall Wine Company, a co-op of local wineries. They're both a sunny walk from the ferry terminal — stroll by the massive aircraft carriers docked farther down the shore if you need to sober up after, or west to Rosenblum Cellars (2900 Main, Alameda) if you need more tastes.

St. George Spirits, 2601 Monarch, Alameda. (510) 769-1601,; Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch, Alameda. (510) 522-5700,