Nottingham Cellars

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!

McKahn Family Cellars

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!

Dante Robere Vineyards

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.

Returning to Eckert Estates

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!

Vidovich Vineyards

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!

Why Age Wine in Barrels?

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:

Upcoming: Pigs and Pinot

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 […]

Bouchaine Vineyards

Bouchaine Vineyards

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!

Upcoming Events

Feb 18

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.
Feb 19

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.
Feb 24

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: crew@garyfarrellwinery.com 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.
Click here for more info
Mar 10

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
Garré Winery hosting with Garré Café
Sunday the 11th Brunches:
Retzlaff Vineyards hosting with Salt Craft
Ehrenberg Cellars and The Singing Winemaker hosting with Liberation Foods
Click here for more info
Mar 16

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.
Mar 17

Concannon Vineyard in Livermore through Mar 18
Founder's Weekend
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 “Irish Ploughman's Cheese Board & Wine Pairing” (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
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