Tiktok, face masks, and sherry-finished whiskies – some things scream “the 2020’s”, and one of them doesn’t suck! Okay, so it isn’t strictly wine tasting, but who wouldn’t want to compare and contrast two lovely bottles of whisky from Laphroaig?
The French wine industry can not seem to catch a break. First came the global Covid shutdown, which initially tamped down demand. Now unseasonably cold weather is threatening to ruin an entire season of wine.
2020 has certainly turned out to be a year like no other! COVID-19 impacted every facet of daily life, including the production and the consumption of wine. Here are some of the highlights (and otherwise) of the year in wine.
We love discovering and experiencing new wineries, but current events have made that very difficult. An annual trade show highlighting European wineries looking for a U.S. presence was presented virtually this time, but it was still fascinating.
Ah, the joys of summer! Even with the difficult situation that is currently upon us, the warm weather makes everything a bit better. Have you ever wondered what is going on right now in the vineyards that are growing the grapes that will end up in your wine bottle?
In our family, birthdays are kind of a big deal. Lots of celebration, thoughtful gifts, great food, and of course, some wonderful wine tasting. With the shelter in place order still in effect, celebrating some recent birthdays required more than a little creativity.
Find out what Halloween candies pair with these wines
Sauvignon Blanc - Chardonnay
Primitivo Zinfandel - Viognier Port
Cabernet Royale Port - Tortuga Royale Port
Call 925-373-6636 to make a wine tasting reservation.
Without a reservation we cannot guarantee there will be a spot available for you/your group.
Charles R Vineyards in Livermore through Oct 31 HALLOWEEN SHENANIGANS
October 30 & 31, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Fall is in the air, join us for a fun filled weekend, take a shot at the Pumpkin Cork Toss, roast s'mores over the fire pit flames, and pack up a picnic to enjoy on the garden patio to pair with your favorite Charles R wine.
Vina Moda in Murphys Join us, as we celebrate the end of our Harvest Season with our annual Halloween Costume Party! This year we thought it would be appropriate to go with a post-apocalyptic theme, after the crazy 18 months we've all experienced!
The festivities will begin at 6:00 with live music from Plan B and a vertical tasting of our Barbera, starting with the 2012 vintage and ending with our 2018 vintage!
We will provide a self-serve Chili and Burrito Bar for guests who are hungry! Let us know in advance if you have any food allergies so that we can be sure to provide an alternative option for you!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket pricing is $50 for Wine Club and $60 for Guests. Space IS limited, so reserve your spot soon!
We will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation, following all mandates and protocols in regards to events. We are prepared to have socially distanced tables, just as we have done for our events over the past year+. Regardless of mandates, all guests will have the option to have an indicator at their table stating that they are only to be approached with masks ON. We want all of our guests to feel comfortable!
** Reminder: This is an outdoor event and October evenings get cool when the sun goes down! If permitted, we will light the bonfire after dark. **
Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore Halloween!
Sunday October 31st
Join us for our annual Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing
LPV Estate Wines paired with your favorite Halloween Candy
Pairing Flight is $30
Come in Costume and receive a special pour!
Reservations recommendedClick here for more info
We be jammin’ one last time! Join us on the Charles R garden patio, all you need is a ukulele and knowledge of a few basic chords, or just come to listen and sing along. Music sheets will be provided, everything from Tin Pan Alley to Classic Rock, to favorite pop songs, Hawaiian and more. An Open Mic session will give those with more expertise a chance to strut their stuff! Email Steve at email@example.com for a PDF of the songs in advance.
Enjoy a holiday inspired Sangria mixed with our Port, and you can take home the recipe for your celebrations.
Make your reservation in advance, bring a picnic, kids are welcome, and your $10 reservation fee will be applied to wine purchase. Click here for more info