Pinot’s Palette Alameda Turns One

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We’ve all seen the adorable social media pics of couples at wine and paint nights, holding up their masterpieces and making cringe-worthy puns in the caption. Pinot’s Palette Alameda reached out to the Bliss and invited us to their one-year anniversary soiree—the perfect opportunity to surprise my boyfriend with a cliché date.

Why Pick Wine Grapes at Night?

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Eric Clapton sang, “After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down”, when he was speaking of his favorite time for a party.  For growers of the wine grape, however, “after midnight” is their favorite time for a harvest. Have you ever wondered why grape harvesting so often takes place at night?

Sextones Concert at Darcie Kent Vineyards

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Sipping lovely wine, munching on fire-roasted pizza while watching the sun set on the hillside covered in grapevines on a mild summer evening. What could be nicer? Well… how about a nice (and free!) concert to round out the night? That’s what happened when The Sextones came to Darcie Kent Vineyards.

Planning Your Harvest Wine Celebration

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It’s time to get excited! Livermore’s Harvest Wine Celebration is just around the corner. This event brings together many of the wineries in the Livermore Valley, with unique tasting flights, live music and special events. But like most major events, a bit of advanced planning can take the experience to a whole new level!

What’s New at Gianelli Vineyards

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The quaint town of Jamestown, California, features antique shops, prospecting equipment stores, and of course, wine tasting rooms. While we enjoy browsing antiques and the prospecting equipment is intriguing, but nothing excites us quite like exploring the tasting rooms!

The Blessing of the Grapes

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The highlight of the Livermore Valley wine scene is the annual Harvest Festival. This celebration of the crush season features special tastings, events and activities at dozens of area wineries on the Sunday and Monday of  Labor Day weekend. Before the Festival, though, the crush season truly begins with a very special ceremony: the blessing of the grapes.

Upcoming Events

Oct 01

Daou in Paso Robles
Gatsby on Daou Mountain

Don your most colorful Gatsby-era costume and join us for an enchanting evening on DAOU Mountain as we transport you back to the playful extravagance of the Roaring '20s.

Enjoy the spectacular gastronomies of Chef Michael Sichel from the world-renown Galatoire's Restaurant of New Orleans who will prepare the most sumptuous appetizers, multiple courses and desserts paired with our finest DAOU Wines.

It all begins with a procession of period-inspired performers and musical acts as you savor our award-winning varietals.

After dinner, the magic continues with a speakeasy-style casino, dancing and fitting follies under the stars.

$395 PP + Tax

Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador
Harvest is our favorite time of year! During the Big Crush Harvest Festival, Dobra Zemlja Winery is pulling out all the stops. Savory Hungarian Goulash, specials on your favorite wines, and the hot gypsy jazz of Jazz Gitan both Saturday and Sunday!

Also, as a special treat, Milan has decided to release two new and long-awaited wines during the Big Crush, the 2014 Grenache and the 2014 Sangiovese.
Oct 02

Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador
Harvest is our favorite time of year! During the Big Crush Harvest Festival, Dobra Zemlja Winery is pulling out all the stops. Savory Hungarian Goulash, specials on your favorite wines, and the hot gypsy jazz of Jazz Gitan both Saturday and Sunday!

Also, as a special treat, Milan has decided to release two new and long-awaited wines during the Big Crush, the 2014 Grenache and the 2014 Sangiovese.
Oct 08

R&B Cellars in Richmond


Join us for an afternoon pig roast with live music, premium wines, and local hard cider. The inaugural Riggers Loft Harvest Pig Roast is being held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00PM. Your ticket includes: roast pig, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, cornbread, and dessert. In addition, you will receive a glass of locally made wine/cider from 4 outstanding producers at Riggers Loft: R&B Cellars, Carica Wines, Irish Monkey Cellars, and Far West Cider Company. Come and enjoy good food, wine, cider, and great views right on the Bay at the historic Port of Richmond. Live music, good friends, and fun for all. Ticket price is $45.00 ($40.00 for wine club members) if purchased by September 30. Ticket price if purchased after September 30 is $60.00. There is a $5.00 discount for all designated drivers and anyone under 21 years of age. All children under 5 are admitted free.

When: from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
Click here for more info
Oct 16

Beaulieu Vineyard in Napa
2012 Clone Release Party!
You're invited to join us for a fun-filled afternoon centered around the release of our amazing new 2012 Clone 4 and Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignons. Be the first to taste these limited production wines paired with light appetizers and get the chance to meet our renowned winemaker Jeffrey Stambor. The 2012 vintage marks the 17th anniversary of these stunning wines which are a true testament to the rich history of research & innovation at BV!

Event Details
Sunday, October 16th 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Room
1960 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573

Price: $75 per person
Club Members: $35 per person Click here for more info

Tenuta Vineyard in Livermore
OCTOBER 16TH GRAPE STOMP...

I LOVE LUCY GRAPE STOMP LUNCHEON!!!!!
COME STOMP GRAPES JUST LIKE LUCY!!!!
THIS IS SUCH A FUN EVENT!!!!

GREAT EVENT FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS...

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH
11:30- 2PM
11:30 - Picking grapes
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Grape Stomp
Oct 21

Monticello Vineyards in Napa
Taste With the Wine Grower
Saturday, October 22
10am -12pm

We invite you to learn about the grapegrowing and winemaking process. Begin the morning with a walk through our vineyards followed by a seated tasting of our new release wines including 2013 Corley State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rated 91-93 Points by Robert Parker out of the Barrel) and 2013 Corley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Rated 92-94 Points by Robert Parker (Barrel Tasting)

$65 pp | wine club $45 pp
Oct 29

Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador
Dobra Zemlja Winery's Kikas Halloween
11am to 4pm
Do you like the sweeter things in life? We know we do! Join us Halloween weekend for the release of the one and only Kikas (our famous port-style wine). There's going to be chocolate pairings and if you wear a costume you will get an extra 10% off your wine purchase. If everybody's really good between now and then, we might be able to talk Milan into wearing his tutu again this year!
Oct 30

Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador
Dobra Zemlja Winery's Kikas Halloween
11am to 4pm
Do you like the sweeter things in life? We know we do! Join us Halloween weekend for the release of the one and only Kikas (our famous port-style wine). There's going to be chocolate pairings and if you wear a costume you will get an extra 10% off your wine purchase. If everybody's really good between now and then, we might be able to talk Milan into wearing his tutu again this year!
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