Irish Monkey

+1 (510) 915-5463 Neighborhood: East Oakland 1017 22nd Ave Ste 300 (between 10th Ave & 11th Ave) Oakland
Oakland, CA 94606
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Most everyone asks, "Why Irish Monkey?" Winemaker Bob Lynch began monkeying around with the fruit of the vine in 1996, having successfully made dozens of competition-winning beers with friends. There was an appeal to making wine that benefits the patient soul: when wine is left to sit relatively undisturbed (yet attended to) for a length of time, it improves markedly. And so it was. The first production was ... "not bad"... Bob had read dozens of books, studied the worlds wine-making techniques, and determined that HIS way of making wine was going to be superior. It wasn't. It also wasn't the first lesson in humility taught to him by the venerable grape and the world's mystic practitioners. Early on we learned that one can be too gentle as well as too aggressive in fermentation, in pressing, in racking, in treating the wine at each step. Truly, one can as easily err toward the timid as to the bold. 150 lbs of grapes were made into wine that first year. By 2002, we had grown to over 4,000 lbs. It was Read more »

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  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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