Wine tasting is a lot more than just drinking some wine. The sights, sounds, ambiance and even the other wine tasters elevate the experience far beyond just the flavor of the wine. All of these elements come together beautifully at House Family Vineyards!
Combine horseback riding, aerospace frontiers and generations of farming, mix in some artistry and a true respect for nature, and what can you get? Some great wine served in a beautiful and intriguing setting. The setting, in this case, is the Cooper Garrod Vineyards.
With the holidays rushing toward us at light speed, it is great to find some respite while helping those less fortunate. Livermore’s Holidays in the Vineyards is one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
There are many ways to spend Thanksgiving weekend. While many people spend their long weekend shopping or ice skating or watching football, we have other preferences. That’s right, we go wine tasting! This particular Thanksgiving, we ventured up the hill from Saratoga, into the Santa Cruz mountains. Our first stop: Savannah Chanelle Vineyards.
The Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away and taken back out again for additional meals and the neighbors already have their icicle lights up and inflatable Minnie and Mickey on the lawn, which means it’s time to stop slacking and get this Christmas shopping started! While on-line shopping has made the shopping experience easier (hello wine and yoga pants), it has not made the chore of picking out just the right gift any easier. If you’re like me, you have quite a few friends and family that enjoy wine so these wine themed gifts might just help check off of few people on your list.
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a wonderful and terrible thing at once. It is great to be surrounded by family and friends, but the pressure of delivering the ideal Thanksgiving feast can humble anyone. Pairing some great wines with all the wonderful food adds an additional layer of pressure, so we thought that we would suggest some of our “go to” pairings that never let us down.
The recent fires that swept the Napa wine region were devastating beyond comparison. The impact on people, animals and property are only now being tallied. What are the long-term consequences of this disaster?
Once the grape harvest is over, the wondrous grape vine has given its best. Now the vineyard deserves some recovery time to prepare for next year’s vintage. Have you ever wondered how vineyard managers prepare for winter?
We love to go wine tasting, obviously. This site alone has hundreds of proof points for that. Most of our tasting experiences are in Northern California, but we occasionally venture further afield. In this case, we drove the barren scenery of I-5 all the way to Carlsbad. Once there, of course, we went wine tasting!
Say you’re touring California wine country and you want to show your friends a good time tasting some lovely sparkling wine. You can’t go wrong if you take those friends to one of our regional favorites: Domaine Chandon!
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.
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.
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: email@example.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.
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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
GarrÃ© Winery hosting with GarrÃ© CafÃ©
Sunday the 11th Brunches:
Retzlaff Vineyards hosting with Salt Craft
Ehrenberg Cellars and The Singing Winemaker hosting with Liberation Foods
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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.
Concannon Vineyard in Livermore through Mar 18
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 â€œIrish Ploughman's Cheese Board & Wine Pairingâ€ (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