The champagne region of France has been on our wish list for years! At long last, we finally made it and all of our anticipation was about to be fulfilled. Our first stop on our tasting tour: the champagne house of Guy de Chassey.
Galante Vineyards was the first tasting room in Carmel. But then, Carmel only exists because the winery’s owner Jack Galante’s great grandfather, J.F. Devendorf, founded it. We recently visited the tasting room and discovered that there was more to like than just a long history!
Harvest Moon Winery combines the best parts of boutique wineries: fun vibe, passionate winemaker, raving fans, and of course, amazing wine. We recently made some time to catch up with Harvest Moon, and a good time was had by all!
Wine tasting is a fun combination of experiences: sights, sounds, aromas, flavors, even the sense of touch comes into play. When a tasting room gets the vibe just right, everything about the experience rises to the next level. Caraccioli Cellars is a great example of combining all the best elements of wine tasting into a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts!
Downtown Forestville, near Santa Rosa in California, is a hidden jewel for people like us who are always searching for wineries to explore. Not to press the metaphor too far, but one winery not to be missed is actually called Joseph Jewell!
Art and wine have so much in common. In some cases, these two creative expressions share a space. One shining example of such synergy is Scratch Wines in Carmel. Go through one door and enjoy fine wine and fine art, at the same time!
Wine Club Appreciation Weekend along Route 116 is a favorite rite of spring. As members of one participating winery, the other wineries extend club member privileges as well. Every year we use this event as an excuse to visit Hook and Ladder Winery. A great way to get the season of wine tasting off to a successful start!
Combine a passion for charitable causes with an equal passion for producing fine wine, add a dash of whimsy and yes, a bathtub, and you get Dawn’s Dream. This is one tasting room that is well worth seeking out!
Wine Club Appreciation weekend along Route 116 near Santa Rosa is a great time to get reacquainted with an amazing group of boutique wineries. A recent sunny Sunday found us with our commemorative wine glasses in hand and club medallions around our neck. Our next winery to savor: Dutton Estate Winery.
Art comes in many forms. Sometimes an artist can be express their talent in multiple ways. After achieving success composing soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures, Alan Silvestri brought artistry to another field by creating Silvestri Vineyards.
April 17th is an under-appreciated day. A few days past tax day, but there isn’t much else to savor. Until you consider that the 17th of April is officially Malbec World Day! Now that is something to celebrate!
Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Tastes Like Bordeaux
A Journey with the Mother Vine
Thursday, May 31st | 6-8pm | Visitors: $65 | Members: $55
Rich in history and extraordinary in taste, you'll experience the 1883 Concannon Margaux Mother Vine Vineyard first-hand. Walk amongst the vines while learning and tasting multiple vintages of the Mother Vine Cabernet Sauvignon with Bordeaux cuisine pairings.
Harney Lane in Lodi
An Excursion to Lizzy James Vineyard
& Tailgate Tasting
Saturday, June 2 | 10am Check-In
Walk with Owner and Vineyard Manager Kyle Lerner through our 114 year old Lizzy James vines! This exceptional vineyard has been part of Lodi history since it was planted in 1904.
This first-of-its-kind excursion will give you a chance to learn exactly what makes our Lizzy James so unique! Kyle will demonstrate how our dedicated team cares for each vine.
Expect to enjoy a tailgate tasting of our beloved Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel, along with some other fun surprises out in the vineyard!
Reservations are required in advance. Space is limited!
Public: $40 | Club: $30 | Case Club: $20
Payment taken at the time of reservation.
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Area wineries in Livermore
Wine & Wags
Join us for the first ever Wine & Wags event! Livermore Valley's dog friendly wineries host a day of fun for dogs and their owners across the region. Local animal rescues will be located throughout the wineries promoting the adoptions of their furry friends that need a home. Come with your dogs, stay for the wine, and possibly leave with a new best friend!
Tickets $30 online and $35 Day Of at event
Adelaida in Paso Robles
Outstanding in the Field
June 9th | Time:TBD
Join Adelaida as we once again host Outstanding in the Field. Enjoy an open-air feast celebrating local farms and the gifts of the land. This event is hosted by Outstanding in the Field. Please visit their website for tickets and more information. http://www.outstandinginthefield.com/
Gary Farrell Winery in Russian River
TABLE FOR TEN
April 28, June 16 & Aug 11 | 4:30-6 pm
These unique one night events will be an educational and entertaining experience led by our Estate Sommelier team discussing the terroir that provided the raw materials for winemaker Theresa Heredia to craft exceptional wines. Each wine selection will be paired with a specially curated bite selected by our Estate Sommeliers so guests may savor the wonderful ability of Gary Farrell wines to compliment any table. Hosted at a shared table in our Meadow View Room, you will be treated to an incredible line-up of wines from the 2015 vintage while drinking in stunning views overlooking the Russian River Valley as the sun sets behind forested ridges of Redwood and Oak. This is an experience not to be missed, seating is extremely limited and we encourage you to reserve today.
Limited to 10 Guests, Reservations Required.
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