I’m sure half of you sassy wine lovers have already responded to the title with, “My favorite wine is the one I’m drinking.” First off, well played, and second, everyone has a favorite wine varietal even if they don’t want to admit it. I know these type of personality assessments have been floating around the […]
For those of you drinking copious amounts of wine to abate the teeth-chattering effects of winter storm Stella, we feel for you from California. Over here, we’re getting a sneak preview of spring after a seemingly endless winter of storms and rain.
Spring is a great season for wine tasters! The warming weather puts new shoots on the grape vines, and the air is filled with the promise of a new vintage. Wine festivals are another exciting part of the season, including one of our favorites: the annual Taste of Calaveras food and wine event.
California winter is pretty mild by any measure. This winter has been especially full of cold and rain, so the arrival of spring was particularly welcome. We celebrated the arrival of good weather in the best way possible, with a wine club release party at Darcie Kent.
Visiting the Lone Done Wines tasting room is always an adventure. A rapidly-expanding wine list means that each visit offers something new. As we prepared for Valentine’s Day, we visited Lone Dove to taste the latest releases.
Valentine’s Day can be a unique stressor for the romantically-challenged among us. There is a lot of pressure to make the big gesture every year, but new ideas are few and far between. Just in the nick of time there’s a fresh new concept from Pinot’s Palette. They call it “Disconnect to Reconnect.” Take a look, it might be just the thing this Valentine’s Day!
It is that time of year again. Time for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The largest competition of exclusively U.S. wines, this is an annual celebration of American winemaking prowess. This year, over 7,000 entries garnered over 6,000 awards. Here is how some of our very favorite wineries scored:
Success in one field of endeavor does not guarantee success in another. In one case, though, success in the fast-paced, high stress world of Hollywood entertainment led to equal success in the mellow, measured world of Napa wine making. We’re talking, of course, about Rich Frank and Frank Family Vineyards.
As a day of tasting sparkling wine in Napa approached dusk, we knew how to maximize our next experience: the rustic outdoor tasting service at Mumm Napa! Rolling hills, winter-dormant grape vines and the lovely bubbles of Mumm Napa. A perfect way to toast the end of an amazing day!
Remember when ice wines were the hottest new trend? What about the current reign of rosé? Of course, we can’t forget about the hundreds of “champagne campaign” graphic T’s littering every Forever 21 storefront. Wine comes and goes in trends, and Rex Pickett’s 2004 debut novel “Sideways” made Pinot Noir the latest trend. Adapted into a wildly successful movie directed by Alexander Payne, “Sideways” introduced us to Miles and Jack, friends who struggled to find their identities at the bottom of a barrel traveling through Santa Barbara County. Now we have a sequel, cleverly titled “Vertical,” and the differences are vast in the best way.
Our final Napa wine tasting tour of the year was going strong. We transitioned from the refined elegance of Domaine Carneros to the modern esthetic of Domaine Chandon.
Leisure Street in Livermore
April 8th 2017
Saturday Evening with MEREDITH! 6:00PM-9:00PM, Wine-Music-Food.
We are kicking off the Music season in style with our newly remodeled back room and on a Saturday night with no traffic getting to us.
Vino Noceto Winery in Amador
Adult Easter Egg Hunt & Frivolo in a Can Release
Release your inner-child at our 2nd Annual Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt and then relax with our first vintage of Frivolo in a Can! Easter Egg Hunt prizes will include $1 bottles of wine, free VIP tours, vacation getaways, and more! The hunt is $5/person, free for club.
Page Mill in Livermore
Wine & Yoga
Come unwind with us. Bring your yoga mat and enjoy an invigorating and restorative yoga practice and the beauty and tastes of Livermore Valley Wine Country. Event held once a month starting April 9th, 2017. RSVP/Register in Advance via www.nachoyoga.com. $25 for Page Mill Wine Club Members $35 for General Public/Non- Members
Rock Wall in Alameda
Urban Sip Open House!
Saturday April 15, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm: VIP Preview
(Investors, Club Viva and Media)
1:00-4:00pm: General Admission
General Admission: $45
Club Viva Admission: $35 (Limit 2)
Spring is here and we are ready to celebrate! Spend an afternoon tasting amazing wines, nibbling on delicious eats and grooving to live music bySoulstice while you take in amazing views of the San Francisco skyline. The Rock Wall Wine Company portfolio (30+ wines) will be paired with delectable bites from some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. We will also be releasing 10 new wines* at this event. Revisit some old favs, try something different and discover a new must have!
Nosh on samples from local vendor, enjoy gourmet cheese spreads, identify aromas and expand your palate at the sensory bar. Get silly in the Rock Wall photo booth, commemorate the day with a henna tattoo, do a bit of shopping and take home a beautiful logoed wine glass! This event is 21+, age will be verified at admission. Parking is free and plentiful. No children please.
Tenuta Vineyard in Livermore
Plan your Easter Sunday, April 16th, at Tenuta.
Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.
Cartoon movies for the kids on our 15 ft Movie Screen.
Catered Food available.
Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys
Join us at Taste of Calaveras on April 22, 2017 at Ironstone Vineyards from 12 - 4pm. Tickets are $50 advance, $55 at the gate. All ticket holders will receive a commemorative Wine Glass, wine and food tasting and a great day enjoying a Taste of Calaveras.Click here for more info
Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
The Tongue Tells: Identifying basic tastes
Wednesday, April 26th | 6:00-8:00pm
In this tasting-focused class, explore the building blocks of wine components including acid, tannin, sugar and alcohol levels as well as the primary wine aroma and flavor categories. Learn how to identify and describe these essential wine components and how grape variety, growing conditions and winemaking shape a wine. Visitors: $65 | Members $55