Can it be? Our one safe haven during these tumultuous times may be in short supply? How can we run out of “liquid sunshine”, proof that God loves us, our wonderful, wonderful wine?
Sun, sand and… wine, of course! The perfect vacation includes all three elements. A recent trip to Carlsbad, California, brought everything together, including the happy surprise of a downtown winery/tasting room. Our visit to the Witch Creek Winery was exceptional!
Good wines, good people, good times… all benefiting a very good cause. That’s just around the corner with a fun “Pinot on the River” charity event on Sunday, October 23, 2016. As autumn comes to the Russian River, an amazing fundraiser will bring together area winemakers in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. […]
We’ve all seen the adorable social media pics of couples at wine and paint nights, holding up their masterpieces and making cringe-worthy puns in the caption. Pinot’s Palette Alameda reached out to the Bliss and invited us to their one-year anniversary soiree—the perfect opportunity to surprise my boyfriend with a cliché date.
Eric Clapton sang, “After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down”, when he was speaking of his favorite time for a party. For growers of the wine grape, however, “after midnight” is their favorite time for a harvest. Have you ever wondered why grape harvesting so often takes place at night?
Are you in the club? The wine club, that is. What’s that? You don’t know about wine clubs? Here’s what you should know about a great way to get closer to the wineries that you love.
The newest winery in Jamestown, California, is Inner Sanctum Cellars. Don’t be fooled by the size of the tasting room, this young winery makes a big statement with both the quality and the quantity of its wine list. We recently had a chance to revisit Inner Sanctum, and there was a lot to like!
The Harvest Wine Celebration in Livermore is the area’s premier wine event of the year. The first day is chock full of bands, food trucks and craft vendors. The second day typically has fewer special attractions, but also fewer attendees. For the truly dedicated, like us, attending both days doubles the fun. Here are some memories from day two:
Livermore’s Harvest Wine Celebration brings together many of the wineries in the Livermore Valley, with unique tasting flights, live music and special events. Two amazing days with over 30 wineries to explore. With so many options, we had to make some tough decisions. Here are some highlights from Day One of the Celebration!
Sipping lovely wine, munching on fire-roasted pizza while watching the sun set on the hillside covered in grapevines on a mild summer evening. What could be nicer? Well… how about a nice (and free!) concert to round out the night? That’s what happened when The Sextones came to Darcie Kent Vineyards.
It’s time to get excited! Livermore’s Harvest Wine Celebration is just around the corner. This event brings together many of the wineries in the Livermore Valley, with unique tasting flights, live music and special events. But like most major events, a bit of advanced planning can take the experience to a whole new level!
Page Mill in Livermore
Library Wine Sale & Halloween Party
Save the date for our annual Library Wine Sale and Halloween Party! This is the time we bring out our older vintages from the library and sell them. It is just once a year, so you won't want to miss out! Wear a costume if you dare and you may win a prize! The sale is from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Rock Wall in Alameda
Friday October 28th, 2016 8:00pm-11:00pm
Early Bird General Admission: $20
Early Bird Club Viva Member Admission: $15
(CV Members you have been sent a discount code via email. Limit 2 tickets per membership. Club Viva membership will be verified at admission.)
After 10/16: GA $25, Club Viva $20
Join us for an evening of Halloween shenanigans! Bay Area legend DJ Alex Mejia will keep the party rockin' while you sip amazing wines, commemorate your awesome time in our haunted photo booth, get creeped out by our spooky sensory bar and play some pumpkin games! Come in costume for a chance to win some awesome prizes.
Admission includes a souvenir wine glass and your first glass of wine. Flights, wine by the glass and food will be available for an additional charge.
Special performance by Michael Jackson impersonator Quintin Starks!
Nottingham in Livermore
Music on the Patio
October 29, 2016 (Sat) from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chris LeBel returns to the Nottingham Cellars patio to close out our Saturday Music on the Patio. Pack a lunch, gather some friends and plan an afternoon with us. You can do a tasting or buy wine by the glass or bottle-whatever you choose, we've got you covered. See you at Nottingham Cellars! Music on the Patio will return June 2017.
Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador through Oct 30
Saturday, October 29th & Sunday, October 30th
11am to 4pm
Do you like the sweeter things in life? We know we do! Join us Halloween weekend for the release of the one and only Kikas (our famous port-style wine). There's going to be chocolate pairings and if you wear a costume you will get an extra 10% off your wine purchase. If everybody's really good between now and then, we might be able to talk Milan into wearing his tutu again this year!
R&B Cellars in Richmond
Sunday Funday Oysters & Wine Pairing
Sunday, November 6th from 1:00-3:00pm
Raw and grilled oysters, paired with whites and roses.
The grilled oysters will be flavored with Barbara's garlic-pesto sauce and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Admission is $10 and includes 2 oysters and a glass of wine. Only one admission ticket per person, but more oysters and wine available for purchase.
Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
Riedel Seminar with Georg Riedel
November 19, 2016 (Sat) from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join Georg Riedel at Concannon Vineyard for a Riedel Glass Seminar! In this exclusive opportunity, Georg Riedel, 10th generation owner and glassmaker is joining us all the way from Austria to personally guide you through this special tasting.
Does the shape of a glass influence our perception of wine? Can the shape of a glass impact our enjoyment of food? Riedel Crystal glassware is perfectly designed to enhance flavor and is recognized worldwide for designing and producing the highest quality glasses. After this guided private tasting, each guest will take home a complementary set of 4 glasses from the Riedel Veritas Collection valued at $138.00!
Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
Charles R Celebrates Fall Fiesta Fun & Club Pick Up With Live Music
November 19, 2016 (Sat) from 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Feast your eyes on the bounty of fall colors surrounding the vineyards and valley on your drive down Greenville Road to Charles R's tasting room! Your palette will savor the fall pairing's at this Wine Club Pick Up Party with music by Steve Kritzer! Stock up on your favorite wines for your Thanksgiving festivities!