It was a brilliant summer morning in Murphys and we only had time to visit one winery. Such a conundrum given the wealth of wonderful wineries along Main Street! We made our choice: time to visit Lavender Ridge Vineyard.
Wine tasting in Murphys
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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!
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.
Upcoming EventsIn light of the COVID-19 situation, confirm event details in advance.
Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore
Indoor Concert Series
Doors open at 5:30pm, music starts at 6:00pm
No cover charge!
Wine by the bottle and by the glass
Charcuterie plates, flatbreads, and dessert plates available for purchase
February 10th: Happy Minute Band
Adelaida in Paso Robles
Join us in celebrating 25 years of the Viking Vineyard at Adelaida Vineyards and Winery on Saturday, February 11th. Enjoy an evening of fine dining in an intimate setting, with dinner provided by Chef Paul Corsentino.
A previous champion of Iron Chef America, Chef Corsentino blends California coastal ingredients with classic French techniques. Enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and a four-course meal accompanied by current releases and library wines from the Viking Vineyard to celebrate 25 years of farming!
This event will be held in our beautiful downstairs Barrel Room on February 11th at 5:00pm. This will be an intimate dinner with only 80 seats available.
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Cedar Mountain in Livermore through Feb 12
Valentine Port and Chocolate Pairing
February 11 & 12 Noon - 3pm
Reserve Chardonnay del Sol
Late Bottled Vintage
Paired with Ghirardelli, Godiva, and ?? Chocolates
$15/person - $5/Club Member
Call 925-373-6636 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation
Russian River Vineyards in Russian River through Feb 12
Join us for a special Valentine's Day Wine & Food Pairing!
The Kitchen at RRV has lovingly handcrafted four delectable dishes to pair perfectly with four featured wines. Each course is thoughtfully created to complement its fine wine component.
This Valentine's Day Wine & Food Pairing Experience will be available as follows:
February 11th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
February 12th: seatings at 12:00 & 2:00
Wine Club Members: $70 per person (discount added at checkout)
Non-Members: $85 per person
Vegetarian Option Available!
Space is limited and reservations are required.
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Harvest Moon Winery in Russian River
Sun, Feb 12, 12-4pm
RandyZin Valentine's Event
Live Harp + Piano, Special Flight + Pairing
Celebrate love (and wine) with us on Sunday, February 12th. Enjoy a special event flight with newly released wines paired with savory baked bites, sonoma county cheeses, and organic chocolate from Rainy Day Chocolates.
This romantic afternoon will be accompanied by live music with Harpist Liyanna Sadowsky and Pianist Jeremy Lipsin.
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Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador through Mar 26
Behind the Cellar Door
Saturday, March 25th and 26th, 11am to 4:30pm
For more than 25 years, Amador Vintners’ member wineries have invited guests Behind the Cellar Door for one of the most entertaining and educational wine events anywhere.
Guests will be able to reserve experiences at 5 different wineries each day from over 40+ wineries in Amador in the beautiful Sierra Foothills. Enjoy tasting flights, behind the scene vineyard and winery tours, and an educational experience delivered by our winemakers and winery teams.
Here at Dobra Zemlja Winery, (meaning 'good earth' in Croatian) join us as we give guests a peek ‘behind the cave door’ with an educational barrel and vertical tasting experience of our signature port-style wine, Kikas, mali 'little' bites that pair perfectly with a select flight of our ‘Big Amador Reds, No Lightweights’, and fantastic wine specials. Zivili!
Tickets on sale now at https://amadorwine.com/bcd/.
Ticket Pricing -
Saturday and Sunday Passport: Pre-sale $79 / Regular $89
Sunday Only Passport: Pre-sale $54 / Regular $59
Saturday Only Passport: Pre-sale $54 / Regular $59
Designated Driver: $20 per day
Purchase your tickets before midnight on February 13th for discounted pre-sale pricing!