R & B Cellars

R & B Cellars
1325 Canal Boulevard
Richmond, CA  94804

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Tasting Room Open: Thu: 4:00 - 8:00pm Fri.: 4:00 - 10:00pm Sat.: 12:00 - 10:00pm Sun.: 12:00 - 6:00pm

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What to Buy

’06 Reserve Lyric of the Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark black cherry, black currant, tea, chocolate, cassis $50

’09 Zydeco Zinfandel
Blackberries, dark black cherry, chocolate, toasty vanilla $28

‘09 The Improviser
Zin-based red blend, juicy dark fruit, smooth finish $15

Special Notes

Blue Note Wine Club Special Perks: 20% discount on wines, pick-up parties, invitations/discounts to open houses and special events


From its very first note, R&B Cellars has delivered premium wines infused with the musical passion of its owners, Barbara and Kevin Brown.

Barbara, a jazz singer, and Kevin, a jazz pianist, had no idea that Kevin was launching a winery back in 1997, when he bottled 230 cases of a luscious Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. At the time, Kevin was the National Sales Manager for Rosenblum Cellers, and he thought it would be fun to make a high-end reserve Cabernet as a side project. This first release was an immediate hit—winning critical acclaim and the Vinalies d’Argent in Paris in 2000.

From there, things just got better. Today, R&B Cellars creates a terrific, diversified portfolio of 12 high-quality wines that are value-oriented. Each wine sports a different catchy jazz-related name like, Saxy Syrah, Swingsville Zinfandel, and Pizzicato Petite Sirah. The wine bottles are graced with lovely labels presenting intricate paintings of musical notes and treble clefs by accomplished artist Mimi Stuart.

Although the Browns still consider the Cabernet Sauvignon to be the winery’s flagship varietal, all of their wines receive many accolades. In fact, every R&B Cellars wine has earned at least one score of 90 points or more in major wine competitions across the country. The wines of R&B Cellars are enjoyed at a number of restaurants and retail shops across the United States, in several countries in Africa and Central America, and in Hong Kong.

R&B Cellars pours its wines in a cooperative tasting room, Alameda Point Vintners at Rock Wall Wine Company, located on an old naval airbase in the heart of the blossoming East Bay urban wine scene. The gorgeous space was created from two old airplane hangars, and the giant doors remain, revealing fantastic views of the San Francisco Bay.

For Barbara and Kevin, whose goal is simply to make wonderful music and wines that swing, life couldn’t get better than this.

R & B Cellars Label


Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: Yes

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: Yes

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: Yes

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No



R & B Cellars Seared Lamb with Swingin’ Zin Reduction Sauce

Jazz up tender lamb chops with a swingin' zinfandel reduction from San Francisco's East Bay award-winning R & B Cellars.

R & B Cellars Fortissimo Port Chicken

The R & B Cellars Fortisimo "Port" style wine is full of flavor--use it for a fantastic reduction sauce to top chicken breast.

R & B Cellars Scallop Serenade with Citrus Beurre Blanc

Succulent scallops are more enticing with  a reduction sauce made with R & B Cellars Serenade Sauvignon Blanc and orange, lemon and pineapple juices.