Hungarian Delegation "Urban Winery" Tour

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On Wednesday, March 23, 2010 Oakland Export Assistance Center Director Rod Hirsch hosted a delegation of approximately 35 wine makers from Hungary. The group was very interested in learning about the travel and tourism element of the California wine industry. Director Hirsch worked in partnership with the East Bay Vintners’ Alliance to arrange a morning tasting with Urban Legend Cellars, located near the Port of Oakland. Other East Bay Vintners’ Alliance members, such as Periscope Cellars and Urbano also participated in the morning tasting. This was followed by a food and wine pairing at Miss Pearl's Jam House in Oakland's Jack London Square organized by Kevin Brown with R&B Cellars. In the afternoon the group was taken to the island of Alameda where the program ended with a tasting in the old Alameda Naval Air Station, which now houses a consortium of nine wineries. The delegation was hosted by two of the Alameda group's members; R&B Cellars and the Rockwall Wine Company. Stage Left Cellars from Oakland also participated in the afternoon tasting. As a follow-up, a number of the participating California wineries have been invited to Hungary in May of 2012 for a large wine fair.

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