Exciting Announcement!

The Exceptional Vine Initiative

The Exceptional Vine™ is a global wine industry initiative focused on inviting, orienting educating, grooming and mentoring students and young adults  for professional careers within the wine industry.

We invite you to visit the website to learn how you may be involved, supportive and aware of our critical shift in fostering growth, building community and expanding relationships within the wine industry.

The 2011, Quixote, Helmet of Mambrino, Petite Sirah from the Napa Valley took the top honor for  Best of Show Judgment of Oakland TM.

“It is wonderful that Melody Fuller, Founder and President, Oakland Wine Festival, is involving more consumers in the wine judging process.” Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Distinguished Professor of Wine and a Professor of Management at Sonoma State University.

The Oakland Wine Festival presents the results for the Judgment of Oakland.TM This annual report shares the detailed outcomes one of the first such event that invites consumers to double-blind taste exceptional wines from around the world, side-by-side with winemaking legends and wine industry leaders. Double-blind tasting is a rare experience or invitation offered to only select professionals worldwide for centuries.

Prominent Wines Dominate Wine Enthusiasts Votes at the Double-Blind Tasting During the Third Annual Oakland Wine Festival’s Judgment of Oakland TM

This year’s event featured 121 wines. Over 200 winemakers, vintners, winery owners, sommeliers, trade, media and wine aficionados and novices double-blind tasted and privately cast close to 3,000 votes of a 1, 2 or 3 on the wines.

Keep reading to learn who the other winning wines are for the represented vintages, varietals, appellations and more!

Welcome to the Oakland Wine Festival!

The Oakland Wine Festival is sponsored by:


Treasury Wine Estates 

Young’s Market Company 

 Peju Province Winery, McBride Sisters Collection, Etching Expressions, and more!

Oakland Wine and Food Society, Est. 2015


Wine Education and Wine Experiences