We are Real Live Human Beings, striving to say "YES" to all your wine needs.
We are an independent, family-owned affair; daring to demonstrate "The Wine Shop Difference" for wine lovers looking beyond the mundane and mass-produced.
We rent a very large space in Downtown Pleasanton (the original movie house!) in order to thoughtfully provide:
* Over 1,000 Great Wines from All Over the World - and we personally SHOW these to you!
* 6 Different Monthly Wine Clubs (members get 10% off TWS products!)
* A Mezzanine WineBar - New Menu Each Week!
* Themed Wine Classes and Wine Events
* Customized Wine Events for YOUR Private Group
* A Growing Array of Fine Meats, Cheeses, & Other Foods
* Wine Accessories - Useful and Whimsical
* 85 Temperature-Controlled Wine Lockers for Lease
* Gift Baskets and other Gift Wine Arrangements
* Shipping your wine purchases to anywhere legal
. . . And that's just the main floor!
Great Service (if not great hair): A TWS Specialty
Our SIX Wine Clubs
EVERYONE'S got a wine club these days, right?
How are we different?
VARIETY: You're not getting the same winery's stuff every month, but a wide array of very good, small-production, thoughtfully-made things; carefully chosen by our picky palates.
LOCAL: If you live in the Tri-Valley area you know how rare a place like TWS is, and your participation in this local, family-owned business won't go unnoticed . . .
RECIPROCAL: We gratefully thank you for your membership with a 10% discount off all you buy and taste here. Obviously, we'd like to sell you some great wine!!
NOTES: When we hand you two bottles you've never heard of we also provide written insight: Background and food pairing recommendations in the form of our personally composed wine notes.
SPECIAL EVENTS: We put on some really cool "Club -Only" events each year, and your membership gets you invited!
Join A TWS Club Today!
Our Mezzanine WineBar
You will soon see a calendar of upcoming wine themes, deliciously different each weekend!
In the meantime, come upstairs to encounter a totally new wine menu every weekend, with wines by the glass and tasting flights to boot!
Our Mezzanine WineBar Hours:
Thursday and Friday: 5-830
OUTSIDE OF THESE HOURS: If our mezzanine is not otherwise committed we'll be happy to have you upstairs anytime of the week, one way or the other!
Cheese and Meat platters also available for your snackin' pleasure!
No Corkage Fee for $25+ bottles purchased downstairs to be enjoyed upstairs
Customize YOUR Private Wine Event
"I hosted my sister’s baby shower in the Mezzanine Wine Bar and it was an amazing event! Jim was very accommodating and easy to work with. After a brief meeting with Jim to discuss budget and ideas for the event, he selected 5 outstanding wines and provided a delicious assortment of meats and cheeses that my guests loved. Jim and his staff were warm and attentive and everyone enjoyed the wine bar. It’s attractively decorated and the layout is great for mingling. Overall, The Wine Steward helped me put on a great event; excellent food, knowledgable and professional staff, totally affordable and fun atmosphere. I would happily recommend The Wine Steward to anyone and I look forward to hosting more celebrations there in the future."
We have a uniquely great venue for You and Yours:
There's something about hanging out on our mezzanine with a good bottle of wine, while enjoying the view of thousands more below . . .
Would you like to give your group a sit-down, class-style wine tasting - just for them? Shall we go to Spain? Italy? France? Compare "Old World" with "New World," perhaps?
OR - (a more common choice) How about lounging around with your colleagues/family/friends while we more "passively" provide great wine and nibbles to go along?
OR - how big is your group? - you could have both floors of a really cool, maneuverable wine shop for the evening, with several designated tasting stations! We can take good care of about 200 of you that way!
Short Story: Let's talk. Let's give your group their own customized wine time at The Wine Steward! We have the space. We have the knowledgeable and helpful staff. - And we obviously have the great wine!!
WINE of the WEEK
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2013 FORTIA 'Cuvee du Baron' Chateauneuf du Pape
2013 was not a stunner for the Rhone. It was simply good, easily serviceable, nothing to sneeze at nor worship. In such not-quite-trophy wine years it is wise to seek out the most traditional makers. Vintage variations are barely noticeable from producers less pressured by the press. Chateau Fortia NEVER tries to make the biggest, most modern wine in the region. They'd rather faithfully represent the place more consistently. Why? This winery had much to do with establishing the AOC about a hundred years ago, so it sticks to its guns; delivery authenticity. With their 2013 Cuvee du Baron bottling that happens very nicely. Red fruit, cigar, iodine, and that oh-so-Rhone-ish sense of airborne herbes occur in delicious, very slurp-able balance. We noted this a year ago: Among 25 different 2013 Chateauneuf tried at an industry tasting we chose this 2013 Fortia as one of 8 or 9 2013's to show you at our annual CdP event.
Fast forward: I was offered a better wholesale if I bought all that was left on the West Coast. And I did, but now there's a problem: I keep opening it, drinking it, and opening another. Friends, I have a Fortia Chateauneuf problem. I need your intervention.
Winesearcher shows that even East Coast, tiny profit retailers have this at about $35, bottom cost. I can beat that if you'll play hard.
Regular price: 41.49
Wine Club Price: 37.34
BUY 5 BOTTLES: 31.99 per bottle
... for a very tasty, ready-to-drink classic.
WHAT'S COMING (More events not yet scheduled)
MAY 11: Nickel & Nickel with Winemaker Darice Spinelli SOLD OUT
MAY 31 at 6:30 pm: TWS Wine 101 Class! . . . Also known as "A Class About Wine," this event informs you on the importance of good stemware, brings you up to speed on all those fancy wine terms, and handles all of YOUR wine questions - so bring them along! OUR Wine 101 uses about 10 different tastes to make the point, and the wines we use are a cut above the typical. Join us for this fun, informative, and interactive event. $40 per person. RSVP Only.
MAY 25 SEMI-ANNUAL WINE CLUB GRANDE EVENT: Members Only! We'll soon be sending out the invitation to our largest-scale tasting affair. The whole store, upstairs and down, will feature tasting stations and wonderful wine deals.
July 13: Tom Kelly of Small Vineyards with his Annual Italy Show
August 14: The Valkyrie Spain Show - No Speedos Required
November 9: Stolpman Vineyards with Pete Stolpman himself
Date Unknown:ANNUAL CHATEAUNEUF du PAPE REVUE: 2014 Vintage focus