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Wine Tasting Fashion: Fall 2018

Wine Tasting Fashion: Fall 2018

The days of sweating through your sundress are over for the year, and it’s officially fall in California wine country. Luckily for us, it never gets too chilly, and we can still have fun with our outfits! Every time I go wine tasting, I’m almost as excited to dress up as I am to taste some delish new wine. Think about it: almost every borderline clothing purchase can be justified by saying, “Eh, I can wear it wine tasting on the weekend or something.”

Exploring Riedel Glassware

Exploring Riedel Glassware

When wine tasting, a lot of time is spent savoring the aroma, the appearance, the flavors, and the finish of the wine. Often, though, very little thought is given to the impact of the wine glass on every aspect of the wine tasting experience. We recently learned more on this subject through a guided exploration of Riedel wine glasses.

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Honoring the Gruner Veltliner Grape

Honoring the Gruner Veltliner Grape

Grüner Veltliner may not be a name on the tip of the tongue of the average wine lover, but there is quite a bit to like about this somewhat obscure varietal. Growing in popularity around the world, here’s what you should know about this potential rookie of the year:

Bokisch Vineyards

Bokisch Vineyards

Whenever we are wine tasting, we ask our wine guide about local wineries that they enjoy. Who knows the winery scene better than someone who is part of it? During a recent trip to Lodi, one winery name kept coming up: Bokisch Vineyards. Here’s how our first visit went:

Upcoming: A Wine Country Wildfire Benefit Dinner and Screening

Upcoming: A Wine Country Wildfire Benefit Dinner and Screening

An upcoming fundraiser combines chef Tyler Florence and winery chef Jeff Mosher to present a multi-course dinner paired with Robert Mondavi wines. Following the meal, there will be a private screening of Tyler’s film Uncrushable, a documentary on the wine country communities affected by last year’s wildfires. Some of the proceeds will go to fire relief. That’s a pretty great night!

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Upcoming Events

Nov 16

Participating Livermore Wineries in Livermore through Nov 18
This weekend (Nov. 16 through Nov. 18), several Livermore wineries will host a fundraiser to benefit those affected by the recent wildfires. Embodied Wines, Longevity Wines, Nottingham Cellars, Wood Family Vineyards, Altamont Beerworks, McKahn Family Cellars and Occasio Winery will donate 10 percent of all proceeds raised to the North Valley Community Foundation to help the fire victims. All of these wonderful wine and beer purveyors are within walking distance of each other. Come out and help out!
Nov 17

Cuda Ridge Wines in Livermore through Nov 18
Join us for Salute to Harvest!

Come enjoy Cuda Ridge wines paired with delightful Thanksgiving style appetizers to help you choose your wine for Thanksgiving dinner. 'Thanksgiving on a Crostini', a Smoky Jim creation, is an Artisan style toasted Ciabatta bread with a slice of oven roasted turkey breast dredged in a savory turkey gravy covered with Italian stuffing and served on the side a fresh cranberry relish. There are special wine discounts throughout the weekend with 10% wine discount on purchase of six bottles or more and 15% Case discount. The tasting flight is $15.00, complementary to Cuda Cadre wine club members.

Nottingham in Livermore
When in Rhone, Have Wine Will Travel

Come taste and explore our award-winning Vasco Urbano Rhone portfolio during our "When in Rhone" pairing event at Nottingham Cellars!! Join us for a fun culinary food and wine tasting evening with the charming characters of Vasco Urbano. Our friends at Salt Craft will be showcasing the best of their menu, each pairing specifically chosen for it's traveling wine partner through this exploration of the Rhone style varietals.

Date: Saturday, November 17th
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Nottingham Cellars, 2245 S. Vasco Rd, Suite C, Livermore, CA 94550
General Admission $55 Per Person
Wine Club $45 Per Person
(Members must sign in to receive member price)

Participating Wineries in Russian River through Nov 18
Wine Club Appreciation Weekend
Saturday and Sunday
November 17 and 18, 2018
11am - 4pm

The 15 wineries of Taste Route 116 invite you to a weekend of wine tasting, small bites, and fun! Check in at any participating winery where you are a club member and receive a free logo glass. That's your pass to get complimentary tasting and wine club discounts at all 15 wineries.
Nov 18

Page Mill in Livermore
BYOB Sun. Nov. 18
Bring your empty wine bottles and fill them with a delicious red blend for just $9.99 each! Bring as many as you would like, just rinse well with hot water, NO SOAP, and dry upside down. Don't have any bottles? We can sell you one of ours for just 50 cents more. Recycling is good, Reusing is better! If you can't make it out on Sunday, you can pre-order BYOB by calling the tasting room at 925-456-7676.
Nov 21

Wood Family Vineyards in Livermore
Thanksgiving Week: Wednesday, November 21st, Noon to 4:30pm. Special opening on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Bring your out of town guests and get your wine for Thanksgiving dinner.
We will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd for Thanksgiving Day.
Nov 23

Charles R Vineyards in Livermore through Nov 25
Friday - Sunday, November 23-25, 11:30am to 4:30pm
Shop local! We are making room in the cellar for new bottlings, and offering a 50% discount on a mix and match case of a few of your favorite varietals. Drop by the winery for a relaxed wine tasting experience, avoid the crowds and shop with a wine glass in your hand! Great wines for holiday gifting and imbibing, while you're supporting a local small business!

The Caliza Winery in Paso Robles
Caliza 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Date: Fri, Nov 23, 2018 - Sun, Nov 25, 2018
Venue: Caliza Tasting Room

Join us for a weekend of fun celebrating our 10th anniversary! Listen to live music by local favorite Dante Marsh, with gourmet food options available from The Pairing Knife food truck. Enjoy delicious wines by the glass or discounted wines by the bottle, along with specials on wine and merchandise all weekend long. Play a game of cornhole or Jenga while you relax with friends and family. We can't wait to see you there!

This event is completely FREE (food is for purchase) and no reservations are necessary, unless you plan to wine taste with a group of seven or more. We can't wait to see you there!

Wood Family Vineyards in Livermore
Black Friday, November 23rd, Noon - 7pm. We will be open with Que Squared Barbeque in our lot and Meredith McHenry Duo playing from 4 - 7pm. Wind down and relax with us.
Nov 25

Page Mill in Livermore
Music on the Patio Sun. Nov. 25
Enjoy KNR band while sipping some wine on our patio! Bring a picnic or purchase one of our cheese boards. Music plays from 1-4 p.m.
Dec 01

Matanzas Creek Winery in Russian River
Journey Dinner
SAT. DEC. 1, 2018 | 6-10pm

You're invited to join us for our annual Journey Dinner - the most celebrated event of the year! Enjoy hors d'oeuvres overlooking Bennett Valley; mingle with our Winemaker, Marcia; and experience a multi-course dinner perfectly paired to showcase the Journey wines. Dinner will feature library and current release Journey wines.
Seats are limited, reserve yours now!

Saturday, December 1st 6pm - 10pm

Matanzas Creek Tasting Room
6097 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, California 95404

General Public - $185 per person
Club Members - $150 per person (4 max)

Participating Wineries in Livermore through Dec 02
Holidays in the Vineyards
Saturday, December 1st &
Sunday, December 2nd
12-4:30 pm

Wineries showcase their decorated tasting rooms with special wines, arts, crafts, holiday music, activities and more. Admission is free, however, tasting fees may apply and vary by winery.
Dec 05

Eagle Ridge in Livermore
Wine Wednesday at Eagle Ridge! We will be open from 5-8pm to help guests wine-down from a hefty work week or just grab a taste of wine before heading out to a fabulous dinner!
Dec 06

McKahn Family Cellars in Livermore
Wine and Chocolate Pairing
December 6, 2018 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of chocolate and wine as you explore the history and the delicious variations of chocolate from around the world with CocoaCase founder: Sharol Nelson-Embry

Tasting includes various different chocolates along with McKahn Family Cellars wine. Must be 21 years or older.

Guests - $30 Club Members - $25 (2 per member) Visit our website's event page to purchase tickets.
Dec 08

Vino Noceto Winery in Amador
Frivolo Launch Party
Saturday, December 8th, 12pm - 4pm
Special Club Only Hour: 11am - 12pm
Tasting Room Open Exclusively to Event Attendees
Presale Tickets Available Online

It's slightly spritzy. It's slightly sweet. It's super refreshing. And it's time for a new, delicious vintage!

Join us on Saturday, December 8th to celebrate the release of the 2018 Frivolo Moscato Bianco. Frivolo is all about frivolity and fun, but it also tastes great with serious foods, like spicy Indian food, Thai food, and more. Come enjoy a glass of liquid sunshine at our Frivolo launch party, featuring:

** a free surprise snack for the first 100 guests **
** hip-swaying & toe-tapping music **
** Frivolo-based wine cocktails **
** and more! **

The Tasting Room will be open exclusively for attendees of this event.

***** TICKETS ****

Presale tickets available here for $8.
Tickets available at the door for $10.
Wine cocktails additional.

Have questions? Contact 209.245.6557 or
Click here for more info
Dec 15

Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
Saturday, December 15, 11:30am to 4:30pm
We're planning to "mix" things up in the tasting room! Stop in for some fun and unique wine cocktails with our seasonal mixology event, a surprising drinking experience for $9 per glass. These cocktails will spark your curiosity when pairing interesting components with our Charles R wines, some familiar, some unexpected!
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