WELCOME TO BAY GRAPE WINES INC
OAKLAND SITE DETAILS
Our shop is fully open for shopping, drinking and being in community!
Our parklet, aka the Bay Grape Beach, is open for drinking!
Our online store is also open!
Bottles, glasses and snacks can be enjoyed at the Bay Grape Beach or indoors at our communal table, counter, or high-top tables.
No reservations; first come, first served. The max occupancy at The Beach is 8 guests; max occupancy at indoor tables is 12 guests.
Masks are required to shop indoors; we require proof of vaccination to remove your mask to eat/drink (valid ID + vaxx card/photo of card/state-issued digital record); if you are unvaccinated, please keep your mask on at all times indoors.
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
Bay Grape is a wine shop focused on community. In addition to wine, we also offer beer, specialty sodas, and a small retail selection of local, artisanal foodstuffs.
We strive to be a cornerstone of our community: a physical gathering spot dedicated to building and preserving relationships with and between our guests. On that note, in addition to purchasing bottles to take to go, you can open any bottle in the shop in order to learn a bit about it and enjoy it with friends or neighbors for a $10 corkage on top of retail price. Our snacks can also be opened and enjoyed picnic-style.
While we don’t have a by-the-glass program, we also host winemaker-led tastings and casual, relaxed wine classes. And we specialize in custom orders for offices and events!
Bay Grape is owned and operated by Josiah Baldivino and Stevie Stacionis: a young, passionate, husband-and-wife team with substantial wine knowledge, 20 years of combined wine business experience, and, most importantly, a sense of humor and humility. We know our stuff and are confident in helping you pick a great bottle, but we leave our attitude at the door and hope our guests feel happy and at home in our space.
We believe in the power of sharing good beverages and food and in their capacity to create opportunities for members of our community to share experiences, stories, skills and laughter. Come say hi!
JOSIAH & STEVIE
Josiah began his beverage career behind the bar while studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Business at Cal State University Northridge. As part of his studies, Josiah crafted his own wine business management internship at the popular wine retail shop Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles. Upon graduation, Josiah took his wine studies to New York City, where he worked as a sommelier for the world-renowned Daniel Boulud group while he advanced through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
In 2011, Josiah moved to the Bay Area, received his Advanced Sommelier Certification and was named one of Wine & Spirits Best New Sommeliers. As lead sommelier at Michael Mina restaurant in San Francisco, Josiah received national acclaim in publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, and Wine Enthusiast for the wine program he managed. After opening Bay Grape in 2014, he and partner Stevie Stacionis opened MAMA Oakland in 2019.
Likes: fishing, ill hip-hop beats, golf, puppies, Champagne, sushi
Dislikes: beets, dirty glasses, littering
Stevie paid her way through the University of Southern California through years of serving in restaurants in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York City. After graduating magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Psychology and Law, Stevie traded her apron for a laptop and a career in food, wine and travel writing.
In addition to her editorial background, she worked in wine retail and copywriting, managing communication, media, marketing and brand management for New York City’s Alphabet City Wine Co., Crush Wine & Spirits, Corkbuzz Wine Studio, and the Guild of Sommeliers. Stevie is a Certified Sommelier and founder of the Bâtonnage Forum addressing issues faced by women in the wine industry. In addition to Bay Grape, she co-owns MAMA Oakland with Josiah Baldivino.
Likes: White Burgundy, huge bowls of pasta, running, colorful tennis shoes
Dislikes: being cold, scary movies, itchy tags on t-shirts