Livermore Airport’s annual open house, held the first weekend in October, is always a popular destination, and it’s no wonder why. This year’s event marked 21 years, and featured high-flying acrobatics performances by renowned air show pilots, dozens of classic, military, and aerobatic aircraft on display, parachute jumps, fly-bys, vintage automobiles, food trucks and … WINE TASTING!
That’s right, this year some of our favorite wineries in Livermore were pouring their wine right on the tarmac! Where else in the world can you enjoy a glass of Eagle Ridge Vineyard’s ’13 Zinfandel while watching high-speed, low-altitude fly-bys? The Zin from Eagle Ridge Vineyard surprises with its subtle approach and firm tannins, and promises to reward the patient oenophile. This taster was extremely happy to discover that Eagle Ridge had also brought their big, bold, and juicy ’13 Petite Sirah to the taxiway.
Other favorites included Page Mill Winery’s ’15 GPS (Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah) and Wood Family Vineyards’ 2014 red blend dubbed “El Loco Rojo” (this one would have been even more delicious with a plate of BBQ from the Big City Country Boy food truck parked nearby). The number of participating wineries was impressive, and offered guests a great deal of variety in both varietals and vintages, from an ’08 Cabernet Sauvignon to a ’16 Rosé.
Some of our favorite sights from the day:
After making our way through the tastings, it was time to go check out some of the amazing planes and classic cars on display. What a way to spend a Saturday in October…we’ll definitely be back again next year!