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Shauna Rosenblum, Rock Wall Wine Co.

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Practically since birth, Shauna Rosenblum has offered the wine world her streak for experimentation, zeal for creating community through wine, and knowledge of winemaking steeped in personal history.

Those who recognize the name “Rosenblum” may know that Shauna hails from a family that built a California winemaking legacy, led by her late father Kent Rosenblum, beloved and respected as the “King of Zin”.  Shauna was raised in the cellar, then, where her strengths became clear. After earning a Masters Degree in sculpture, in 2008 she returned to her roots to become a winemaker at Rock Wall Wine Co., where is now she also owner and president.

Operating from an abandoned Naval station in Alameda, California, where a few other wine and spirits businesses have since set up shop, the Rock Wall team produces an astonishing 50+ different wines, each carefully crafted in small lots. Many of the Rock Wall wines celebrate unsung regions and varietals, which we’ve tried to reflect in our selections below.

What’s more, Shauna and her team create an atmosphere where connectivity, inclusivity, and joy prevail.  As Esther Mobley of The San Francisco Chronicle writes, “She’s a conductor of positivity (especially when it comes to lifting up other women: Her wine tanks, instead of numbers, are labeled with names like Sansa, Arya, Ayesha, and Katniss).” We’ll drink to that!


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NV Sparkling Zinfandel, Lake County
Sparkling red wine? You bet! At Rock Wall, half of the 10,000-case annual production is comprised of sparkling wines. This sparkling Zin is ideal for festive gatherings, offering a lively alternative to more traditional bubbly selections. Aromas of blackberry, sarsaparilla, and sage precede notes of berry pie and rose on the palate, for a wine that brings both character and elegance to the holiday table.
2018 Nebbiolo, Herringer Vineyard, Clarksburg
Widely known as the grape behind Barolo and Barbaresco in Italy, Nebbiolo is quite hard to find in California vineyards. Yet the growers who choose to cultivate this fragrant, nuanced grape are dedicated–including the Herringer family, which grows this Nebbiolo for Rock Wall.  Translucent in color yet firm in tannins, Rock Wall Nebbiolo is laced with flavors of rose petal, cherry blossom, and black tea.
2018 Fiano, Sicilia Vineyard, Sutter County
When was the last time you opened a bottle of Fiano? Many folks are unfamiliar with this refreshing yet richly textural Italian wine, which has enjoyed a Renaissance in recent years. Sourced from a family vineyard in an unlikely part of California’s Sierra Foothills, Rock Wall Fiano is a vivacious wine with a heady bouquet of stone fruit and honey. Clean and bright on the palate, the wine offers flavors of tropical fruit and macadamia nut with a zesty citrus finish.