A Gold Medal Release Party at Darcie Kent

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Ever since I joined the Darcie Kent wine club, I’ve been darkening their door almost more than is socially acceptable. I like to toe the line between “hey, good to see you again,” and “this girl is REALLY back again?!” Thus far in 2017, I have been very successful in this goal. That’s why when it was time for the quarterly release party, I pulled up promptly at noon on Saturday like:

Inner Sanctum Cellars

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We absolutely love small wineries! The connection between the winemaker and the wine lover is at its most intimate. Every vintage is a new adventure and a fresh glimpse into the evolution of the winery. We returned to Inner Sanctum Cellars for a third year to see where their journey had taken them.

Winning at Wine Festivals

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A centerpiece of the wine scene is the wine festival. Nearly every wine region has one or more events that celebrate the best of their vintners. After attending our fair share of these events, here are some tips we’ve picked up along the way:

Is Wine Helping or Hurting Your Skin?

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The best things in life are usually killing us slowly. Such is the case with wine. We’ve read in lifestyle mags and blog posts that a glass or two of red wine a day can help our skin, but we’ve also read about the nasty side effects of alcohol in general on our angelic complexions. This mix of information […]

What Your Favorite Wine Says About You

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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 […]

Wine on the Go

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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.

Upcoming Events

May 31

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
The art of blind tasting
Wednesday, May 31st | 6:00-8:00pm


You've seen the masters identify a wine varietal by solely utilizing their sense of smell and taste - now it's your turn to try it! Learn how to taste with the "grid" and retain more information about a wine. Refine your tasting skills and find out how this increased sensitivity extends to all of your senses during this blind tasting experience. Visitors: $65 | Members $55

Page Mill in Livermore
Paint Night Wed. May 31
Save the date for a night of wine and creativity! We will provide everything you need to create a masterpiece for just $38! Painting begins at 7:00 p.m., but get there a little early to get your wine (available for purchase by the glass or the bottle). Sign up with Debbie.
Jun 03

Balletto Vineyards in Russian River
EXPERIENCE OUR FIRST VINTAGES
WINEMAKER DINNER - BALLETTO CELLAR
Saturday, June 3rd
5:30 pm

Join John Balletto and Anthony Beckman as we indulge on Library Wines from our 1st Vintages and more (there were just too many great library wines to choose from)! Paired with dinner catered by Chef Sarah Piccolo of FORK Roadhouse. Be among the first to dine in our new barrel room. Seating is limited to 48 people.

Passed Appetizers
2011 Brut Rose
Local Mushroom Bruschetta with D'Affinois and Pistou Beet Cured Gravlax on Stuffed Potato with Creme Fraiche and capers

Salad Course
2011 Sexton Hill Chardonnay & 2013 Sexton Hill Chardonnay
Local Greens with Marcona Almonds, Chevre, Shaved Fennel, Radish

Course One
2001 RRV Pinot Noir
Hand cut Tagliatelle with Gourmet Mushroom Ragout and Shaved Parmesan, Basil Puree

Course Two
2007 Winery Block Pinot Noir & 2007 Burnside Pinot Noir
Wild Local Salmon with Castleventrano Olive Tapenade Edible Flowers, Pistou on Braised Spinach

Course Three
2011 Sexton Hill Pinot Noir & 2005 Syrah
Rack of Lamb over Fennel Leek Ragout, Fried Herb Chimi-churri

Dessert
2009 Vin De Paille
Meyer Lemon Mousse with Berries

Tickets: $120 - person | $97 - Wine Club Member (two maximum)

RSVP: jacqueline@ballettovineyards.com

Darcie Kent in Livermore
Saturday June 3rd 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Darcie Kent Vineyards is excited to announce "The Kipptones" from San Francisco will be performing for our Summer Concert Series.

Admission is 5 dollars ahead of time or 10 dollars at the door. Tickets can be purchased online, in the Tasting Room, or at the door the day of the event. Click here for more info
Jun 17

Vino Noceto Winery in Amador
From 11:00 to 3:00 Celebrate at Vino Noceto's 30th Anniversary Open House
Go full noceto with us as we, the Vino Noceto family, celebrate our 30th year as (we like to think) the finest Sangiovese producer outside of Tuscany! Entry is free, and there will be games (like bingo!), a food truck, tours, live music, and of course...Vino! Club members will also have the exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity to taste decades old library wines from Dos Oakies, Hillside, and more! Can't make it and want to know about the library wines? We'll post tasting notes after the event!
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