California is home to a wonderful variety of wines, nearly one for every taste. Soil and weather play a major role in the characteristics of the grapes, and the resulting wine. The Wine Institute has divided California into 107 American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs. The Livermore Valley is one these 107 AVAs, and now has been further sub-divided into a dozen districts that capture the unique elements of each area. Let’s explore them!
Stories of a future apocalypse abound, ranging from zombie outbreaks to massive meteor strikes. A new novel foretells an equally grim future: a world without wine!
Ah, springtime! The cold, dark days of winter give way to earlier sunrises, warming breezes, and the first signs of life returning to the vineyards. The tantalizing promise of another amazing vintage is everywhere!
It is mere weeks until the kick-off of the 2019 winetasting season in Livermore! The weekend of March 23-24 will bring a perennial favorite: Barrel Tasting Weekend. Here are the details:
The word “disgorgement” may not sound like a good thing, but to people who love champagne, the word is a favorite. So what is disgorgement and why should anyone care?
The pressure slowly grows as the calendar winds inexorably toward the highest stakes holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day. K&L Wines provided the perfect pressure relief: their “Almost Valentine’s Day” champagne tasting. Just add some flowers and chocolate and consider the holiday handled!
The annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has delivered their 2019 results. As usual, the Livermore Valley wineries came home with an impressive array of medals!
Very soon, two of our favorite things, wine and chocolate, come together for a weekend of pairing bliss. Get excited, because the Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend is almost here!
Gertrude Stein said that “A rose is a rose is a rose.” It turns out, though, that a Pinot Noir is not exactly a Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir. We spent an evening learning about some of the many clones of Pinot Noir. Let the battle begin!
As the harvest season come to an end across wine country, the best way to maintain our happy glow is to focus on the coming holidays. That brings us to our favorite way to welcome the coming season: Livermore’s Holidays in the Vineyards.
The days of sweating through your sundress are over for the year, and it’s officially fall in California wine country. Luckily for us, it never gets too chilly, and we can still have fun with our outfits! Every time I go wine tasting, I’m almost as excited to dress up as I am to taste some delish new wine. Think about it: almost every borderline clothing purchase can be justified by saying, “Eh, I can wear it wine tasting on the weekend or something.”