With a state-of-the-art winery located just off historic Jack London Square, Dashe Cellars is the largest working winery in Oakland. Michael and Anne Dashe are committed to creating wines that reflect the unique soil, climate and regional characteristics of world-class vineyards. Focusing on older vines, steep hillside locations, rocky soils and stressful growing conditions, they work closely with their growers to ensure careful vineyard management and low yields. With specific blocks set aside under long-term contract, Michael and Anne make the harvesting decisions for every vineyard.
Although known for its exceptional single-vineyard zinfandels, the Dashe Cellars portfolio also includes excellent grenache, cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah and riesling. To create these wines, Michael applies traditional and “natural” winemaking techniques, including small-lot fermentation, the use of indigenous yeasts, and little-or-no fining or filtration. To moderate oak influence, the winery’s barrel program incorporates large-format oak vessels including 900-gallon foudres and 120-gallon puncheons, as well as older traditional French barrels. During blending, Michael and Anne work side-by-side to achieve a sophisticated and engaging synthesis of French and American winemaking.
Building on the gentle, authentic winemaking approach that has helped to define Dashe Cellars since its inception, Michael and Anne extended the boundaries of their natural winemaking philosophies with the creation of their first Les Enfants Terribles wine in 2007. Wines in the acclaimed Les Enfants Terribles series are made from special vineyards—often organic, biodynamic, or sustainably farmed—and are created in a more classic “Old World” style, spotlighting the delicacy that comes from cooler climates, lower alcohols, the judicious use of oak, and minimal handling.