Summer in Murphys is not for the faint of heart. Some days bring a new meaning to the chestnut, “It’s a dry heat.” With the temperature passing 100 degrees before lunch, we knew that we needed to be very focused with our wine tour. With only a few hours before it would be too hot even for wine tasting, we went to some favorites, like Gossamer Cellars.
It’s wedding season, which means it’s time to spend way too much money on Nordstorm.com, jockey for the most unique items on the registry, and hit the road. Recently, our friends got married in Chico, CA, where they both attended college. Chico has a bit of a reputation preceding it for partying hard, but we wanted to actually make it to the wedding, so we decided to be real adults and go the wine tasting route instead.
The road into Murphys is lined with wineries, each trying to distract visitors from their quest for the tasting rooms of downtown Murphys. One winery that should not be passed is Ayrael Vieux. Don’t worry, Murphys will still be there when you’re done!
An annual highlight of the Livermore Valley wine scene is the annual Taste Our Terroir weekend. Great news: it is time to choose your events for this year’s celebration! Here is what is just around the corner.
A trip to Murphys for a summer concert was the perfect excuse to visit some of our favorite area wineries. At the top of our list was a favorite that we had loved when we visited a few years ago: Four Winds Cellars. Could the second visit be as amazing as the first?
When you live in the Bay Area, it’s all too easy to check the weather, scan your Hotels Tonight app, and road trip for a staycation in any of the magical cities nearby. This particular weekend, Monterey was calling our name, with temps reaching the 80’s!
“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” was written by Gertrude Stein. Most people think that she was talking about a flower. Today, however, it is appropriate to assume that, instead, she was referring to the most subtle and nuanced of wines, the rosé. That’s right, wine lovers, today is National Rosé Day!
Tasting a new wine is an exciting experience. Tasting new wines from two dozen new wineries can be mind-blowing! When the Association pour la Promotion des Vins et Spiritueux en Amérique du nord invited us to just such an experience, our response was an enthusiastic “Certainement!”
The wine tasting season of 2017 has begun! Nearly every weekend offers kickoff tastings at nearby wineries, many times adding food and live music to the already attractive new wine releases. This weekend was Fenestra’s Spring Fling. Here is a quick glimpse of their event!
As Northern California warmed to springtime, we made our first visit of the year to sun-washed Jamestown. After a wonderful kickoff tasting at Inner Sanctum Cellars, we walked down Main Street to the other jewel the town’s winery crown, Gianelli Vineyards. It was time to explore their latest releases!
Ever since I joined the Darcie Kent wine club, I’ve been darkening their door almost more than is socially acceptable. I like to toe the line between “hey, good to see you again,” and “this girl is REALLY back again?!” Thus far in 2017, I have been very successful in this goal. That’s why when it was time for the quarterly release party, I pulled up promptly at noon on Saturday like:
Eagle Ridge in Livermore
Wine Wednesday at Eagle Ridge Vineyard
DATE: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
TIME: 5- 8pm
Eagle Ridge Vineyard
10017 Tesla Rd., Livermore
MORE: Live Music with "Rhyme & Reason" playing,
Snacks and Plenty of Wine, including our new Blend "Eagle X".
Bring a picnic dinner & dine in the renovated garden area while enjoying the live music.
Dante Robere in Livermore
Wine & Taco Thursday With Live Music On The Patio
It's Taco & Wine time! Please join us this Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 6-9pm for great wine, delicious food and lively music!
Each month we select wines that pair beautifully with grilled tacos. Relax, sip and fill up on a selection of tacos prepared by Your Taco Guy while enjoying live music on the Patio featuring Dave Land. Taco tickets are $13 each. There is no cover charge. Wine sold separately. Wine specials will be available by the glass or bottle. Reservations are not required. Taco tickets & wine purchases can be made the day of the event.
Cheers and we look forward to seeing you Thursday!
Dan and Bob
Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
FOURTH FRIDAY FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES FEATURING "STEVE KRITZER"
4thfridayFriday, August 25th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Head to Charles R Vineyards for our Fourth Friday Summer Concert featuring singer-songwriter Steve Kritzer. TGIF! Wine down your week with live music on the patio, while you sip, sing and sway the week away. Pizza and wine by the glass or bottle are available for purchase.
TRAVEL TIP: To avoid commute traffic on Tesla Road, take Las Positas or Patterson Pass Road to Greenville Road.
Balletto Vineyards in Russian River
DOG WALK IN THE VINEYARD
Saturday, August 26th
Join the Balletto Vineyard dogs for a stroll on National Dog Day. They would like you to bring your furry friends to join in the fun!
We will meet at the Tasting Room for some light bites and coffee before we start our walk!
We will have water spots along the way, play area at the Field of Dreams, and raffle, where proceeds go to the Sonoma Humane Society.
Please RSVP so we have enough snack for both our two & four legged friends!
Questions? RSVP? Email email@example.com
Rock Wall in Alameda
Rock Wall Wine Company's 10th Anniversary Open House Celebration
Saturday August 26, 2017
2:00-3:00pm: VIP Preview (Investors, Club Viva Members and Media)
3:00-6:00pm: General Admission
Catch the early bird discount until August 4th at midnight!
Early Bird General Admission: $35
Club Viva Member Admission: $25
(Club Viva members please enter the discount code you were sent via email. Limit 2.)
It is hard to believe that we are headed into our 10th harvest! Time flies when you are having fun and making great wine! Join us for luxurious afternoon of celebration. Enjoy unlimited wine tasting, nosh on delicious eats, gourmet cheese spreads and groove to live music as you take in amazing views of the San Francisco skyline.
The Rock Wall Wine Company portfolio (40+ wines) will be paired with delectable bites from some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. We will also be releasing 10 new wines at this event! Revisit some old favorites, try something different and discover a new must have. Sample bites from local vendors, identify aromas and expand your palate at the sensory stop. Take a tour of the cellar, get silly in the Rock Wall photo booth, commemorate the day with a henna tattoo, play some lawn games and take home a beautiful Rock Wall wine glass.
Admission includes one souvenir wine glass and all wine tasting, food and entertainment. This event is 21+; age will be verified at admission. No children please. Parking is free and plentiful. No dogs allowed.
You must print out your ticket or bring your smart phone with the unique QR code to admissions at check in. The tasting room will be open during this event but is not part of the event. Please note if you choose to leave the event, re-entry will not be permitted.
After August 4th:
General Admission: $45
Club Viva Admission: $35
Designated Driver (at the door only): $25
At the door:
GA at the door: $55
Club Viva Member at the door: $45
Designated Driver (at the door only) $25
More vendors are signing up daily. Check back for updates!
Featured Caterer: Epicurean Group
Local Restaurants and Eateries:
Mama Papa Lithuania
Scott's Seafood Grill and Bar
Live Music: The Belong Vocal Guitar Jazz Duo
Photo Booth: Exclusive Productions
Henna Tattoo: Yogis Henna
Beaulieu Vineyard in Napa through Aug 27
Saturday, August 26th - Sunday, August 27th
We are devoting an entire weekend to celebrating the release of the newest Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Mark your calendars to be the first to taste and access the 2014 vintage!
Release Weekend Hard Hat Tour & Tasting
For one weekend only, enjoy a special tour of the newly renovated BV Reserve Winery and new release tasting. Your wine educator will share the incredible history of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that helped to put Napa Valley Cabernet on the map. Be the first to see where we'll welcome the upcoming harvest.
$35 per person.
Offered hourly 10:30 to 3:30 pm
Saturday, August 26 & Sunday, August 27.
(Wine club members receive 4 complimentary bookings)Click here for more info
Concannon Vineyard in Livermore
A SIP AND A CONE: WINE & ICE CREAM PAIRING
Wednesday, August 30th | 6:00pm-8:00pm
Who says you can't drink wine with ice cream? Ask most wine professionals, and they'll tell you that pairing wine with ice cream is one of those "impossible pairings." Put your skills to the test while you taste wine with different flavors of ice cream. Learn about the nuances of these special tastes that you can surely enjoy with your ice cream at home!
Pricing: Visitors: $65 | Members: $55
Cuda Ridge in Livermore
Cuda Thursday is back - Thursday, August 31
We are excited to have Audrey Gomes, and her sidekick Tim Gomes (Dad), back for Cuda Thursday in August. Cuda Thursday is Thursday, August 31st from 5:30 - 7:30. Come on out and enjoy our wonder summer evenings in the Vineyard and listen to some awesome local music. You are welcome to bring a snack, or dinner, and enjoy the evening. Cuda Ridge Wine is available by the glass or bottle. We hope to see you on Aug 31st!
Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador
22nd Anniversary Party
12pm to 4pm
We're turning 22 and it is time to celebrate! Join Dobra Zemlja for an afternoon filled with traditional Croatian Kolo dancing courtesy of Skalinada Ensemble, delicious mali (little) bites, and fantastic wine specials. For questions, please contact us
at (209) 245-3183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosenblum Cellars in Oakland
Wine Barre: Excercise & Wine
Sunday September 3rd at 11:30 am
Every 1st Sunday it's WineBarre! A blend of cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance and core conditioning into a total body workout... followed by WINE! PB & J fitness owner Teresa R. Ellis has been teaching Barre Classes since 2008 and is a Certified-Ace Personal Trainer. Teresa is super excited to share her two favorite things; fitness and wine, with you!
$30 for Non-Club Members and $20 for Wine ClubClick here for more info
Cuda Ridge in Livermore
Labor Day Celebration at Cuda Ridge - Monday, Sep 4
Cuda Ridge will continue the celebration at the winery on Sun,Sep 4th from 12:00 - 4:30. Come, relax and enjoy the day in the vineyards. We have Live Music, Food Vendor, Great Wine, and artistic vendors.
TASTING FLIGHT ($10.00)
Complementary for Club Members
HWC Wristband Holders - Complementary 3 Wines
2015 Cabernet Franc
2014 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Petit Verdot
3-Pack (any wines to go) - 10% Discount
Case (mixed ok) - 15% Discount
Tripster Louie featuring Lexi Blair
Q Squared BBB (delicious)
Michelle's Jewelry Box
Wine Guerrilla in Russian River
Join us for an evening of art, live music, and wine!
Friday, Septemeber 8th from 5pm to 8pm
$10 for wine & hors d'oeuvres
Featuring art by David & Bryon Aughenbaugh