Cheers to the Winery Party!

Cheers to the Winery Party!

What a wonderful time of year! Spring has sprung, the
flowers and trees are in bloom, the days are warming and the sunlight lasts
longer. But the best part of this time of year? The winery release parties are in
full spring – I mean swing! So this Thursday we toast the wine release party!

We recently wrote about the Eagle Ridge and Ruby Hill
wine parties. What great events! These parties definitely got the release season off to a
strong start, and more Livermore wineries are joining in on the fun.
This Friday, the Eckert Estate Winery will be having a
release party to showcase their 2001 Chardonnay and 2010 Pinot Noir. This event
will include food pairings, live music and some tantalizing surprises. The
event runs from 5:00 to 8:00 and costs $10 per person. We have a family
birthday party that conflicts, so let us know how it went!
Like oysters? The McGrail Winery is releasing their latest
Chardonnay paired with oysters and live music on May 11th, starting
at noon. Admission is $35/person ($25 for club
members) and that gets you  half a dozen oysters
and a glass of wine! Another birthday event conflicts, so we’d love to hear from you about it.
You can celebrate Mother’s Day at Crooked Vine this year
with “Brushstrokes and Wine Notes.”  You
will actually paint your own artwork under the gentle direction of artist
Sharon Costello. Then Wine Wednesdays starts again at Crooked Vine on May 22nd,
from 5:00 to 8:00. This was great last year, so we have high expectations going
into this year. Have you been to one?
We loved last fall’s Sunset Sip and Shop (we definitely
focused on the sip, not the shop) and can’t wait to attend the sequel. It is
May 16th from 5:00 to 8:00. The tickets are $16 per person, and sold
out last fall. So far, participating wineries include: Concannon Vineyard,
Crooked Vine Winery, Garre Vineyard and Winery, Fenestra Winery, La Rochelle
Winery, Las Positas Vineyards, Little Valley Winery, Murrieta’s Well,
Nottingham Cellars, Occasio Winery, The Steven Kent Winery, Stony Ridge Winery,
Tamas Estates, White Crane Winery, Westover Vineyards,  and Wente Estate Vineyards.
Since the Cuda Ridge Winery has two releases a year,
their release party is later in the season. The next wine club release is June 22nd and 23rd. This is a great way to keep the
release party momentum going!
Whew! It is a wonder that we have time for anything
beyond wine parties. That may explain the state of my roses. Oh well, you need
to have priorities.

Oh, and if we overlooked a winery party that’s close to your heart, please, please, please let us know! You can reach us at editorial (at) winetastingbliss (dot) com. We would love to include more winery parties next time.

About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?

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