Last night amid twinkling stars and climbing vineyards, Yelp East Bay elites decked out in tuxedos and little black dresses to enjoy a truly exquisite evening at Underdog Wine Bar. Underdog is the champion of the "underdogs" of the wine world. As a wine producer, they partner with viticulturists and winemakers from around the globe to craft and introduce unique, esoteric wines to people. Not only is Underdog innovative when it comes to showcasing unique wines but they also have a truly lovely venue – which proved to be the perfect backdrop for the incredible Casino Royale themed Yelp Elite Event.
Nestled among thriving vineyards, Underdog was lit beautifully by the low-hung moon. It's picturesque heated outdoor patio, was painted with yelpers in chic snug fitting black dresses, dapper black suits and white tuxes, as a plethora of delicious wines were poured by Underdog's personable staff. Yelp Elite's even got to meet winemaker, Darcie Kent, a Livermore producer!
In Underdog's main wine bar area, Megan Slankard's soulful crooning (she even did an impressive Tiny Dancer cover) wisped yelpers off to serene heights, while sampling plate after plate of swoon-worthy appetizers (mini sliders with melted brie cheese, pork sliders, flat bread with caramelized onions and feta, and tuna tartare on light wonton chips). Later on, the evening would be graced by decadent desserts, like miniature chocolate tarts with coffee bean caramel and sea salt, caramel apple galettes, and walnut cookies in a cup of Syrah ice cream.
In between Megan's lovely singing and the clink of wine glass toasts were joyous excited shouts which poured out of the Casino Room. That's right, you read that correctly – the casino room. Aces Up gracefully transformed Underdog's wine library room into a high rolling casino. Yelpers crowded around the game tables (Black Jack, 3 Card Poker and Roulette) betting on their favorite numbers and holding tightly to their winning hands as lady luck moved with ease throughout the space. Special thanks to the diligent and amiable staff that helped the night go off without a hitch and the festive and decadent yelpers who added to the night’s cheerful spirit! Don't take our word though, read the reviews and check out the rest of the photos (special thanks to our yelper photogs James M and Augusto L)!