Rosenblum Cellars Welcomes Back Kent Rosenblum

The winery's founder, Kent Rosenblum, will be chief winemaker for its 2016 vintage.


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Rosenblum Cellars is now welcoming back its founder Kent Rosenblum--nicknamed "the King of Zin"--as chief winemaker for its 2016 vintage.

Founded in Oakland in 1978, then relocated to the Alameda Naval Air Station, Rosenblum Cellars is one of the state's most richly awarded and highly rated Zinfandel producers. From its outset, Kent Rosenblum -- who is also a veterinarian -- chose to focus on fruits grown on old vines in some of Northern California's then-unrecognized, underappreciated grape-growing regions. The winery was sold to Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines for $108 million in 2008, according to the Mercury News.

Although a Rosenblum Cellars bar and tasting room is once again located in Oakland, Diageo shuttered the East Bay winemaking facility in 2010 and moved Rosenblum's production to Napa Valley, according to Wine Spectator

Kent Rosenblum was given the first-ever Lifetime Achievement in Winemaking Award last year by the East Bay Vintners Alliance. He is now CEO of Alameda-based Rock Wall Wine Company, where his daughter Shauna Rosenblum is the winemaker.

Published Sept. 1, 2016 at 12:53 p.m.

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