News

2021

Best 25 Wineries: Where to go wine tasting in Napa and the Bay Area, Fall 2021 (San Francisco Chronicle) 

The California Winemakers 'Bursting the Traditionelle Bubble' with Alternative Grape Varieties (Wine Enthusiast)

Six fresh California red blends that defy the wine's cloying, heavy stereotype (SF Chronicle)

Everything You Need to Know About Pét-Nat Wine (Men's Journal)

The Liter Bottle is Having a Moment (PUNCH)

From Australia to Pacific Northwest, Winemakers Are Catching on to Counoise (Wine Enthusiast)

The Dark Side of Rosé: 8 of our Favorites from California to Italy (Wine Enthusiast)

The Best Canned Wines, According to Sommeliers and Beverage Experts (The Strategist)

Say Cheers this Season with Stylish New Glassware (Food & Wine)

20 Wines Under $20: For when the weather is sultry (The New York Times)

There's wine. Then there's natural wine. Then there's 'zero-zero' wine (The San Francisco Chronicle)

A Rosé by Any Other Color (The New York Times, PDF Version Here)

The 10 Best Canned Wines Right Now (PUNCH)

Broc Cellars 2020 Love Sparkling Chenin Blanc (Wine Enthusiast)

The Best Canned Wines To Drink Right Now (Maxim)

Broc Cellars 2019 Love Red North Coast (Wine Enthusiast)

11 Sommelier-Approved Canned Wines for Summer Sipping (The Dallas Morning News)

22 Fun Things to Do This Week (7x7)

Your Next Lesson: Rosé from the Dark Side (The New York Times)

Openings: The Backyard At Broc Cellars (Nob Hill Gazette)

Rich, flaky Australian meat pies and other great Bay Area foods I ate this past week (The San Francisco Chronicle)

What Exactly is Natural Wine? (Cool Material)

11 Summertime Music and Wine Events in Napa, Sonoma, and More (The Mercury)

Wineaux: The happy transformation of California Chenin Blanc (Davis Enterprise)

Summer Wine Guides 2021: Whites (Honest Cooking)

30+ Summer wine tasting experiences to enjoy in Sonoma, Napa, Livermore and more (The Mercury News)

East Bay Updates (So Many Great New Projects!) (Tablehopper)

26 Fun Things to Do This Week (7x7)

Rosé revisted: Putting pink wine into perspective (Atlanta Constitution Journal)

Rosés with Spirit: Three Fortified Rosés to Try Now (Wine Enthusiast)

Chenin Blanc From Three Places (The New York Times)

Need a Bottle of Natural Wine? The Gas Station Has You Covered. (Eater)

The Top Rosés for Summer Come With Bubbles, in Cans, and Even Boxed (BloombergQuint)

Why Packaging Is Wine’s New Sustainability Frontier (Liquor.com)

Duende reopens in June; Liege closes for good (Berkeleyside Nosh)

California Will Require Fee Transparency from Delivery Apps, but Fails to Pass a Permanent Cap (Eater SF)

Cheers to Mom! Beers, Wines, Sakes and Spirits from East Bay mom-run Businesses (Berkeleyside)

Diablo Dish: Asian Bakeries Are All The Rage (Diablo Magazine) 

What is Natural Wine and Could It Be Your New Favorite Thing? (Vivino)

Diablo Dish: Salt and Straw Opens in San Ramon (Diablo Magazine)

Why Serving Natural Wine at Your Wedding Will Be a Crowd-Pleaser (Brides)

Diablo Dish: V-Day D-Day (Diablo Magazine)

Lots to love: 68 East Bay Valentine’s Day menus and specials (Berklseyside)

The Natural Wine Clubs Bringing Custom Bottles to Your Door (Wine Enthusiast)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2021 (Imbibe Magazine)

Drink of the Week: Broc Cellars 2020 Love Sparkling Chenin Blanc (Imbibe Magazine)

Wineaux: Too Many Wines, Too Little Time (Davis Enterprise)

Wine Is One Of My Favorite Things On The Planet; Here Are 25 Bottles I Really Love (Buzzfeed)

The 19 Best Grenache Wines to Buy Right Now (Food & Wine)

Wine for the Here & Now: Berkeley's Broc Cellars (65° & 57° Magazine)    

Bottles To Help You Celebrate National Drink Wine Day (Lonny)                           

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Top Wine And Chocolate Gift Sets (Forbes)

A Few Local-ish Wines For Your SoCal Valentine's Day (LAist)

East Bay Valentine's Day menus for takeout and outdoor dining (Berkeleyside)

Love Trio in Berkeleyside

Wines the color of love set the mood for a Valentine's Day to savor (Connecticut Magazine)

2020

14 Low Alcohol Wines to Sip This Not-So-Dry January (Food & Wine)

Not so Dry January

Wine School: Revisiting Zinfandel from a Brawny Perspective (New York Times)

20 Under $20: Wines that Feed the Soul (New York Times)

NYTimes

The Return of Valdiguié (Wine & Spirits)

California Validiguié Comparison Tasting, BROC 92 Points (Wine & Spirits)

Wineaux: Risking my neck for the new rosés (Davis Enterprise)

Natural Wine Joins the Mainstream (Wine-Searcher)

California Chardonnays: Ripe for Rediscovery or Just Overripe? (The Wall Street Journal) 

“THERE IS NOTHING wrong with California Chardonnay—it’s just what some people do to it that’s wrong.” This quote came from a winemaker who happens to be getting it right: Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars, based in Berkeley, Calif. I’d called him after tasting a group of California Chardonnays, of which at least half had been disappointing or worse. Though Mr. Brockway’s 2018 Brea Chard ($20) was quite good, I couldn’t say the same for many others I tasted."

For American Wine Producers, Fear, Uncertainty and Hope (The New York Times)

The Tale of Broc Cellars (Roberson Wine)

Sommelier Roundtable: Where Are You at on Natural Wine? (Wine Spectator)

West Berkeley just became California's hub for natural wine (The Press, SF Chronicle)

2019

Wine in a can? Yes you can! The best wines now come in the most convenient packages (Newsweek)

The Perfect Beach Wines, According to 14 Wine Experts (Grub Street)

How to upgrade your bar for summer (AskMen)

We asked 10 Sommeliers: What are you drinking on Father's Day? (VinePair)

Wineaux: Finding wines for a warming world (Davis Enterprise)

Hip, Homey Cafe Brings New Energy to Small Town Mendocino (Eater SF)

The Ultimate Guide to the Bay Area's Urban Wineries (The Bold Italic)

Want to go wine tasting? You can try more wine on a day trip to Berkeley than to Napa or Sonoma (Berkeleyside)

NYC's Top Natural Wine Destinations Are Now Making Their Own (Eater NY)

Make room on the table for California Cabernet Franc (Boston Globe)

Wineaux: Bribes, plastic and the wines of spring (Enterprise, Yolo County News)

Shake Shack brings it's Golden State double and other goodies to Larkspur (Marin Independent Journal)

The West Coast wine revolution (Financial Times)

Think of wine as seasonal (Star Tribune)

Wineaux: Discoveries of a wine missionary (Enterprise, Yolo County News)

The Hybrid Coffee Shop - Wine Bar is My Favorite Place to Drink Right Now (Bon Appetit)

Wine Made Easy: It's time to pay attention to the other Cabernet (Business World Online)

Top recommendations for Berkeley restaurant week 2019 (Berkeleyside)

2018

Inside The First Bay Area Shake Shack; Now Open With Insane Lines (Eater SF)

Game Changer: Shake Shack Opening in Palo Alto (The Patch)

Once Lowly, Carignan Finds Favor in California (New York Times)

The Art of Winemaking on the Cheap (New York Times)

Top 30 California white wines for summer (Decanter)

Rosé all day in Benson on Sunday (Omaha Dines)

Master Sommelier David Keck recommends three rosés you should be drinking this summer (Houston Chronicle)

Eight American Sparkling Wines for a Festive Fourth of July (Bloomberg)

Broc Cellars: Berkeley’s Urban Winery Stays Connected With The Vines (Sprudge)

Valentine's Day Gifts For Her  (GQ)

Wine Review Petillant Natural (New York Times)

2017

California Rhone (Fine Wine)

Great value California Reds (Decanter)

Mornings on KFOG: Wine Wednesday with Chris Brockway from Broc Cellars (RADIO)

Unexpected Wines From California (Mid-Sussex Times)

Eric Wareheim Wants His Chicken Double-Fried (Grub Street)

Take a Peek Inside Maker's Common (Berkeleyside)

To make delicious pours, these California winemakers trust their growers (Boston Globe)

Your next lesson: Thirst Quenchers (New York Times)

12 Wine Grapes Worth Discovering (New York Times)

Salt & Vine's Mattie Jackson Reveals Wine Trends for 2017 (Nashville Scene)

From Austrian to Albarino to Vermentino, spring white wines for your table (Los Angeles Times)

Mission Revival: State's first wine grape, circa 1760, rides again (San Francisco Chronicle)

Tasting Notes: Mission and Angelica (San Francisco Chronicle)

2016

California taps into bright young things of harvest: Nouveau wines (San Francisco Chronicle)

And now for some red wines to pair with fall's bountiful food (Los Angeles Times)

A Changing Tide for California Zinfandel (Decanter)

The 20 Wines You Need to Drink This Fall (Bloomberg)

It's Harvest Time at Berkeley Wineries (Berkeleyside)

2015

Best Domestic Wines of the Year (Serious Eats)

Top 10 Wines in the U.S. Press (The Drinks Business)

California wine, by the numbers (SF Chronicle)

Chenin Blanc Makes an Audacious U.S. Return (NY Times)

Champagne taste on a lemonade budget: How to drink like a king without breaking the bank (Noble Rot)

Warm Weather Essentials: 8 Awesome Rosé Wines to Drink Now (Serious Eats)

Zin Reincarnated: Can Young Vines Make Great Zin? (Wine & Spirits)

2014

Top 100 Wines of 2014 (SF Chronicle)

Best-value reds under £30 (Decanter)

Against the Grain (Diablo Magazine)

Wine Learns a Thing or Two From Craft Beer (SF Chronicle)

A Sparkling Summer, More Casual than Champagne (SF Chronicle)

Is Pink the New White? A Complicated Era for Rosé (SF Chronicle)

Summer's Winners: 20 Wines for $20 (NY Times)

Fruit of the Bartered Vine (NY Times)

Sonoma Zin Shifts to its Classic Roots (SF Chronicle)

2013

Top 100 Wines of 2013 (SF CHRONICLE)

California Wines Score Style Points (NY Times)

Urban winery with a singular vision (Berkeleyside)

7 Great California Rosés You Should Be Drinking Now  (Serious Eats)

Small Batch is the Second Coming of Local Wine (SF Weekly)

History underscores Zinfandel's new tack (SF Chronicle)

Carignane and beyond: revitalized reds (SF Chronicle)

2012

Top 100 wines of 2012 (SF Chronicle)

Gamay finally finds its new world roots (SF Chronicle)

A Valdiguie by any other name... (Tasting Table)

Local Sommeliers Experiment with a New Breed of California Wines (7x7 Magazine)

5 Winemakers to Watch 2012 (SF Chronicle)

Winemakers and Sommeliers on Their 2012 Resolutions (Eater National)

2011

Chronicle Top 100 Wines 2011 (SF Chronicle)

5 Wines to Get Buzzed On for Thanksgiving (Chow)

Three wine strategies for Thanksgiving dinner (SF Chronicle)

Drinking in fall's tastiest color change: harvest red wines (LA Times)

Are Organic And Biodynamic Wines Worth It? (Huff Post)

Chez Panisse's wines - a list that matches a legacy (SF Chronicle)

The Chronicle recommends: American Grenache (SF Chronicle)

2010

Top 100 Wines 2010 (SF Chronicle)

Chris Brockway represents a new breed of winemaker helping to change California’s palate (Edible San Francisco)

Carignane Gets A Shot at Respect (SF Chronicle)

Robert Parker Review #144

Robert Parker Review #184

The Rhone Report #2

Wine & Spirits Review