It was a roasting-hot Fathers’ Day in Murphys and we had just completed a fun tasting at Gossamer Cellars. Our enthusiasm for wine tasting was still quite high, but our appetite for walking great distances in the triple-digit temperatures was low. Great news: one of our favorite tasting rooms was mere feet away. Mineral Wines, it was meant to be!
Wine tasting in Murphys
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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.
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!
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?
An annual highlight of the spring wine tasting season is the Taste of Calaveras. The best food, wine, and art from across the county is brought together for a wonderful afternoon. This year’s Taste was a great way to ring in a new summer of wine!
Spring is a great season for wine tasters! The warming weather puts new shoots on the grape vines, and the air is filled with the promise of a new vintage. Wine festivals are another exciting part of the season, including one of our favorites: the annual Taste of Calaveras food and wine event.
Launching a new winery is tough! So much to do, so many details to get exactly right. We had the pleasure of visiting Gossamer Cellars on their grand opening weekend, so we were excited to return to discover how they had progressed.
Discovering new wineries is a thrill, but revisiting familiar favorites is equally fun. Every visit reveals new wine, new sights and new winery happenings. We recently had the chance to check in at Mineral Wines just before the excitement of harvest.
Discovering new wineries is a thrill that never gets old for us! Strolling on Main Street in Murphys led us to another exciting new adventure: Renner Winery.
From big trees to big wines? We discovered a new winery that demonstrates that a love for nature can be expressed in a multitude of ways. Locke Vineyards is the happy result of a career in forestry pivoting to a second career in winemaking.
Their motto is “For a good time, call Twisted Oak Winery” so you know that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh, and their mascot is a giant yellow frog. When winetasting in the Murphys area, we ALWAYS try to include Twisted Oak in our plans.
Upcoming EventsIn light of the COVID-19 situation, confirm event details in advance.
R&B Cellars in Richmond
Brazilian Halloween Party
Thursday, October 28th
Put on your costume and
dance to the music of NDL
Namorados da Lua
(Translated from Portuguese as
"Lovers of the Moon")
Lots of fun awaits you at Riggers Loft!!
Tickets / Reservations are $15
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Cedar Mountain in Livermore through Oct 31
Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing
Oct 30 - Oct 31
Noon - 3pm
$5/Club Member + 1 guest
$5 Candy Only
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
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 email@example.com. 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
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!
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Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
UKULELE JAM & OPEN MIC
Saturday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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