Livermore has so many fun and growing wineries! Keeping up with them is a challenging and rewarding activity, requiring focus and stamina. A goal that is well worth the dedication. We recently realized that our last visit to Nottingham Cellars was too far in the past. It was time for another visit!
It is great to see a new winery burst onto the wine scene. Even better when the winery gains recognition and respect for the quality of its wine. McKahn Family Cellars is a perfect example, serving great wine in their wonderful new tasting room. We returned to find out what was new!
One of the Livermore wineries successfully making the move from “rookie” to “established” status is Dante Robere Vineyards. Now fully settled into their beautiful tasting room and building a respected library of award-winning vintages, this winery is showing that they have what it takes to take their place among the premier wineries of Livermore.
Sometimes familiarity breeds neglect. Never was that as evident as our coverage, or lack, of our visits to Eckert Estate Winery. We love everything about Eckert Estates: the wine, the vibe, the people. That means that we visit quite a bit, but have somehow forgotten to write about their new wines for far too long!
Wine tasting has its own community of like-minded fans. Over time, connections are made that can lead to even more wine tasting fun. We had a recent example of “six degrees of wine tasting separation” when we received an invitation to attend a party at a new winery called Vidovich Vineyards. That was one great connection!
Making wine is a wonderful blend of art and science! The process has been refined over millennia, with each generation building on the advances from before. Each step of the wine making process has a specific and unique contribution to the whole. Ever wonder why most wines are aged in barrels? Here’s what you should know:
This grape is one of the most widely planted wine grapes in France, yet most American wine lovers have never heard of it. Can you guess its name? You’re right, it is our newest favorite grape: the Pinot Meunier!
So 2018 was just around the corner and we had a shocking problem: not enough champagne! Always problem solvers, we voyaged north to Schramsberg Vineyards to avoid this potential apocalypse.
We love wine tasting in the Healdsburg area! The “Pinot on the River” event that we attended a few years ago was a great example of good food, good wine and a good cause. We recently learned that Healdsburg was hosting an event that combines two of our loves: pinot and pork. This charity event […]
With 2017 drawing to a close, it was only appropriate to celebrate the new as well as the familiar in wine tastings once more before the new year. For a new tasting experience, we ventured into the Carneros AVA to visit Bouchaine Vineyards. What a great choice!
Our suggestions for Thanksgiving wine pairings were very well received, so it seemed natural to recommend some of our favorite pairings for Christmas dinner. From our family to yours!
Page Mill in Livermore
BYOB Sun. Feb. 18
Bring your empty wine bottles in and fill them with a delicious red blend for just $9.99 each. Bring as many as you would like! Just rinse with hot water, NO SOAP, and dry upside down. We will do the rest! Don't have bottles? We can sell you one of ours for just 50 cents. To pre-order BYOB, call 925-456-7676.
Moshin Vineyards in Russian River
February 19th, 6:00-7:30pm
Moshin Salon, Reading Between the Vines
Our annual literary reading series featuring writers who have stayed in our winery guest suite as part of the Writing Between the Vines Writers Residency Program.
Gary Farrell Winery in Russian River
12TH ANNUAL CRAB DINNER | GARY FARRELL WINERY
FEBRUARY 24 | 6 pm
It's Crab Season and time for Gary Farrell Winery's most popular event! Join us for the 12th Annual Crab Dinner at Gary Farrell Winery. At this elegant seated dinner, guests are invited to celebrate the sublime pairing of Dungeness crab and Gary Farrell's Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We look forward to breaking crab with you! Reserve your tickets by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org or 866.277.9463
$200 per person, $175 per member
Concannon Vineyard in Livermore through Feb 25
Gold Medal Weekend
February 24th & 25th
Join us as we celebrate Concannon Vineyard's most recent award-winning wines! Taste and enjoy special pours of our medal winners.
Not a ticketed event. Reservations not required for groups 8 or less.
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Area wineries in Livermore through Mar 11
Painted Barrel Trail:
Wineries are partnering with local Bay Area artists to showcase the first annual Painted Barrel Trail! Teams of winemakers and artists are collaborating to create beautiful and unique wine barrels that will be displayed at the wineries for guests to visit. Over a period of 6 weekends, guests can follow the Barrel Trail, sample great wines, and admire the original artwork of the barrels. The barrels will be on display starting February 1st through the event weekend; March 10-11.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a Painted Barrel Raffle, and bring a one of a kind barrel into their home, along with a case of wine. You can purchase raffle tickets in the participating winery tasting rooms, or in the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association's office starting in February.
Raffle Tickets: $20 each, or 6 tickets for $100.
Tickets $45 online and $55 Day Of at event
1 ticket, 2 days--Tickets are good for Saturday & Sunday!
Barrel Tasting Brunches:
Preceding Saturday and Sunday's Barrel Tasting experience, five of our member wineries will partner with local restaurants and caterers to host a weekend of Barrel Tasting Brunches! Join in on the fun and mingle amongst friends, while enjoying a pleasant and delicious midday brunch in beautiful wine country. Brunch menu's coming soon.
Saturday the 10th Brunches:
Las Positas Vineyards hosting with Zephyr Grill & Bar
GarrÃ© Winery hosting with GarrÃ© CafÃ©
Sunday the 11th Brunches:
Retzlaff Vineyards hosting with Salt Craft
Ehrenberg Cellars and The Singing Winemaker hosting with Liberation Foods
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Local wineries in Russian River through Mar 17
From Friday, March 16 through Saturday, March 17, 2018, chef Charlie Palmer takes over wine country with top food and wine talent by his side for the13th Annual Pigs & Pinot weekend, sponsored in part by DCS Appliances by Fisher & Paykel and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. In light of the devastating fires that recently impacted wine country, this year's fundraising efforts will have a specific focus on raising money for North Bay and wine country fire relief funds.
Concannon Vineyard in Livermore through Mar 18
March 17th & 18th
Celebrate our Irish heritage and historic founder, James Concannon with award-winning wines and live music as we toast to our 135th anniversary!
On Sunday afternoon at 1:00, listen to lively Irish dance tunes, rousing pub songs, and traditional ballads by Western Shore Irish Band as you taste.
Celebrate our Irish heritage with a special flight featuring some new release wines and exclusive discounts. Our Library Tasting experience will feature the â€œIrish Ploughman's Cheese Board & Wine Pairingâ€ (Visitor's: $40, Wine Club Members: $35). This traditional ploughman's platter will include Irish cheeses, meats, soda bread and other condiments.
Not a ticketed event. Reservations not required for groups 8 or less.Click here for more info