The Blessing of the Grapes

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The highlight of the Livermore Valley wine scene is the annual Harvest Festival. This celebration of the crush season features special tastings, events and activities at dozens of area wineries on the Sunday and Monday of  Labor Day weekend. Before the Festival, though, the crush season truly begins with a very special ceremony: the blessing of the grapes.

Mineral Wines

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Discovering new wineries is a thrill, but revisiting familiar favorites is equally fun. Every visit reveals new wine, new sights and new winery happenings. We recently had the chance to check in at Mineral Wines just before the excitement of harvest.

Locke Vineyards

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From big trees to big wines? We discovered a new winery that demonstrates that a love for nature can be expressed in a multitude of ways. Locke Vineyards is the happy result of a career in forestry pivoting to a second career in winemaking.

Twisted Oak Winery

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Their motto is “For a good time, call Twisted Oak Winery” so you know that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh, and their mascot is a giant yellow frog. When winetasting in the Murphys area, we ALWAYS try to include Twisted Oak in our plans.

What is in My Wine?

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Have you ever wondered what was in your wine? Besides grape juice, of course. Something transformed pedestrian grape juice into this nectar of the gods, but can it be merely yeast? Many times it is much, much more.

A Ruby Hill Summer Release Party

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There is so much to love about summer! One of our favorite summer activities? Wine club release parties, of course! The great weather lets a winery really spread out the tasting stations, which helps with the crowd. Ruby Hill Winery’s club parties are VERY popular, so the addition space makes their summer parties truly amazing!

Oakland Crush

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The Oakland wine scene is vibrant and growing. One recent addition that is getting a lot of attention is Oakland Crush. Fine wine in a fine setting, this is definitely a wine shop worth exploring.

Upcoming Events

Aug 24

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Yoga in the Vineyard Series at Concannon Vineyard Join us for an evening of relaxation and fun at Concannon Vineyard as instructor Suzanna Spring from Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness guides you through a Flow Yoga class designed to welcome most practitioners. This class is a journey – creating a fluid asana experience from opening to closing, with live music. After each class, wine and light bites will be available from Underdog Wine Bar. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat.

Darcie Kent in Livermore
Jon Williams and Dave Haberman will be performing as Crawdad Duo at our Wine Down Wednesday. 5:30-8:30
Come out and enjoy the live music while sipping on your favorite Darcie Kent wines. We will be offering wines for sale by the bottle and select wines by the glass for your enjoyment.

Page Mill in Livermore
Paint Party
Have you ever wanted to learn to paint in a fun and relaxed environment? Here is your chance! Gather up your friends and join us for a Paint Party on Aug. 24th beginning at 6:30 p.m. The class is $38.00 and includes your step by step instruction, supplies and you get to take home your masterpiece too! Wine is available for sale by the bottle or glass. Space is limited, so sign up by calling 925-456-7676.
Aug 25

Dante Robere in Livermore
Tacos & Tempranillo Thursday With Live Music On The Patio

Please join us for our next Tacos and Tempranillo night this Thursday August 25, 2016 between 6-9pm.

What could you want more than a glass (or bottle) of our 2013 Tempranillo paired perfectly with delicious tacos and live music on the patio? What a great way to unwind after a long workday! Relax, sip and fill up on a selection of tacos, prepared by Your Taco Guy while enjoying the music of Dave Land.

Taco tickets will be available for purchase that night for $10 per person. We will also have select wine specials.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Aug 26

Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
Don't miss sipping your favorite Charles R wines and enjoy a summer evening 'star gazing' with this hot band on the patio!

KNR is a Livermore-based pop, rock, country and blues trio with distinctive sounds based on vocal harmonies and acoustics. Click here to listen to a few songs from current set list. Picnics welcomed. (Travel hint: try Patterson Pass or Las Positas to Greenville Road) See you there!

Darcie Kent in Livermore
The Sextones sound is a tip of the hat to the days of Tower of Power and Stevie Wonder while actively forging the path for a new generation of soul and funk. 6:00-9:00
Mark Sexton and his soulful renegades make a promise to get you up and dancing while enjoying a beautiful evening amidst the vineyard.
Aug 27

Harney Lane in Lodi
We are excited to announce that reservations to our highly anticipated Dinner with the Family will be open at the end of June. Please note that this year, we are limiting attendance to Wine:30 Wine Club members only. The limit is 2 reservations per membership so that we may give more of our club members a chance to enjoy this increasingly popular event.

Twisted Oak Winery in Murphys
This Saturday August 27th at 7:30pm, award-winning bluegrass legends The Claire Lynch Band perform on our hilltop at Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito!

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997. Recently, at the 2014 IBMA Awards, she received two trophies: "Song of the Year" for Dear Sister, a co-write with Louisa Branscomb and title cut of her latest Compass Records release; and "Recorded Event of the Year" for a guest vocal appearance with Special Consensus on Country Boy; A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver (Wild Montana Skies).

"One of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." - Dolly Parton

Tickets in advance are just $25Click here for more info

Vino Noceto Winery in Amador
Come join us for our huge cellar blowout sale on August 27th, co-hosted by our neighbors at Terre Rouge/Easton Wines.

It's our opportunity to clear the cellars, and your chance to score insane deals. Pick up Mediterranean food, listen to live music, grab a $99 mystery case, and browse a table of select wines to make your $120 DIY case! There is no charge, just incredible deals that will sell out fast! Supplies are limited, and only club members will have access to mystery and DIY cases for the first 30 minutes of the event.
Sep 03

Cedar Mountain in Livermore
Grill & Chill Summer BBQ & Music
Get out of your backyards this summer and head out to Cedar Mountain Winery for an evening of good time!
Bring your own food to grill, we supply the grill with hot coals.
Wine by the glass/bottle.

Music by Chris Ahlman
6:00-9:00

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Help us kick off Cabernet Month by geeking out with Concannon's own Sommelier, LeeAnn Kaufman, at our first ever Clonal Seminar - Know Your Clones!
Within each grape variety, there are sub-varieties, known to the wine trade as clones. Although each clone of Cabernet Sauvignon can make a unique wine that indisputably tastes like Cabernet, there are very subtle and sometimes obvious differences that winemakers use in adding complexity into the final bottle of wine. The goal of this seminar is to educate our guests on the rich history of Concannon Vineyard and the significance of Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8 and 11. By tasting three different wines, you'll gain a new perspective into the meticulous work that is performed behind the scenes by our winemaker, Alyssa Barber.

Session 1: Know Your Clones

Saturday, September 3rd | 11:00am
Visitors: $55 | Members: $50

Guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to event start time and check in under the grape arbor.
Click here for more info
Sep 10

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Mother Vine Knows Best is the ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon experience for those who like to get outside and get their hands dirty!

Beginning in our beloved historic Concannon Margaux Heritage Vineyard, guests will get a hands-on understanding of the complex interaction between terroir and fruit by digging in the soil and tasting grapes straight off the vine. Vineyard Manager, Paul Buwalda will talk you through the unique traits of Livermore Valley terroir and give an in-depth look into what it takes to keep our estate vineyards in pristine condition year round. With a glass of wine in hand, guests will tour our historic property and conclude this session with a Cabernet-focused wine and cheese pairing in front of the picturesque Ellen Rowe Concannon Victorian House.

Sturdy boots or close-toed shoes and signed Safety Release required. Guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to event start time and check in at the front of the Ellen Rowe Concannon Victorian House.

Session 2: Mother Vine Knows Best

Saturday, September 10th | 11:00am
Visitors: $90 | Members: $80
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Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
An Afternoon With John Concannon

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear Fourth Generation Vintner, John Concannon, share stories of his family’s history as a founding family of California Cabernet Sauvignon and the legacy of the Concannon Cabernet Clones. This intimate experience will take place in our wine library and will include light bites from Underdog Wine Bar, a private wine tasting, along with a chance to sample our not-yet-released, Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon. With only 20 seats per session, this event is sure to sell out!

Event Time: 3:00pm
Event Price: $75.00

Guests should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to start time and check in at the wine library.
Click here for more info

Monticello Vineyards in Napa
Harvest Party - Paella, Wine & Music
Saturday, September 10
5pm - 8pm

The Corley family invites you to celebrate the harvest by joining us for a delicious evening at Monticello Vineyards with the family and fellow wine lovers featuring a selection of wines paired world-class paella that will be artfully prepared before your eyes.

$95 pp | wine club $65 pp
Sep 17

Cedar Mountain in Livermore
Grill & Chill Summer BBQ & Music
Get out of your backyards this summer and head out to Cedar Mountain Winery for an evening of good time!
Bring your own food to grill, we supply the grill with hot coals.
Wine by the glass/bottle.

Music by Jack Quigley Souled Out
6:00-9:00

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Guests will join Fourth Generation Vintner, John Concannon, and Sommelier, LeeAnn Kaufman, under the grape arbor in celebrating over 50 Years of our iconic Concannon Cabernet Clones by tasting past vintages of Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon, noting characteristics unique to each vintage. Light bites will be paired with a retrospective of five vintages.

1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Large Format)
2007 Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Mother Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Clone 7, Chalk Hill Barrel Sample

Purchases available exclusively for this event:
-Signed 3 bottle gift box with 2007 Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Mother Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
-1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L signed and numbered

Guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to event time and check in under the grape arbor.

Session 3: Concannon Legacy Tasting, a Retrospective Tasting of Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon from the last 20 Years

Saturday, September 17th | 11:00am
Visitors: $100 | Members: $85Click here for more info

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
An Afternoon With John Concannon

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear Fourth Generation Vintner, John Concannon, share stories of his family’s history as a founding family of California Cabernet Sauvignon and the legacy of the Concannon Cabernet Clones. This intimate experience will take place in our wine library and will include light bites from Underdog Wine Bar, a private wine tasting, along with a chance to sample our not-yet-released, Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon. With only 20 seats per session, this event is sure to sell out!

Event Time: 3:00pm
Event Price: $75.00

Guests should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to start time and check in at the wine library.
Click here for more info
Sep 21

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Sip-N-Paint

Concannon Vineyard and Inner Artiste are hosting a special Cabernet-themed Sip-N-Paint event in our tasting room at Concannon Vineyard! We cater to those who have a passion for Concannon wine, painting and fun! Locally owned and operated, Inner Artiste Sip-N-Paint events are a great way to relax, laugh and learn with experienced artists who want to pass their love of the arts on to you. The evening includes a glass of wine, 3-hour painting instruction, and everything you need to create your own masterpiece: canvas, paint, brushes, and apron!

Guests can order food from Underdog Wine Bar until 7:00pm.

Event Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Ticket Price: $55.00Click here for more info
Sep 24

Darcie Kent in Livermore
Crawdad Republic Release Party featuring The Novelists! 1:00-5:00
Two of our favorite up and coming bands will be releasing their albums together for a fun and entertaining afternoon at the vineyard!
Sep 28

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Yoga in the Vineyard Series at Concannon Vineyard Join us for an evening of relaxation and fun at Concannon Vineyard as instructor Suzanna Spring from Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness guides you through a Flow Yoga class designed to welcome most practitioners. This class is a journey – creating a fluid asana experience from opening to closing, with live music. After each class, wine and light bites will be available from Underdog Wine Bar. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat.
Sep 30

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Winemaker Dinner

We cordially invite you to an evening of exquisite food and wine in our final celebration of Cabernet Month here at Concannon Vineyard! Amid a canopy of lights, our dinner guests will enjoy a five course farm-to-table meal, prepared by On the Vine Catering, in front of the picturesque Ellen Rowe Concannon Victorian House. With musical selections by James Nagel.
Special Guests: Fourth Generation Vintner, John Concannon & Sommelier, LeeAnn Kaufman

Time: 6:30pm
Ticket Price: $125.00 per person
Guests check in front of the Ellen Rowe Concannon Victorian House upon arrival.

MENU
Passed Hors d'Oeuvres
Sea Scallop and Mango Ceviche on Watermelon Radish
Grilled Brentwood Corn, Cojita and Cilantro on Crostini
Cucumber Rondelle – Red Pepper Mousse
2015 Reserve Assemblage Blanc

Salad
Vintner's Salad – Balsamic Vinaigrette
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Soup
Rich French Onion with French Bread and Gruyere Cheese
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County

Duel Entree Plated Dinner
Wild Salmon Roulade with Roasted Garlic and Herb Tapenade
Sun Fed Ranch Grass Fed Petite Filet with a Wild Mushroom Demiglaze
Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Baby Carrots and Beets
House Made Soft Parmesan Bread Sticks
2013 Mother Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

Cheese Course
Three California Artisan Cheeses
2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert
Red Wine Poached Mission Figs, Vanilla-Orange Mascarpone, Orange Granite
2013 Late Harvest Sémillion Sauvignon Blanc Click here for more info
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