Wine tasting in Santa Cruz

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Vidovich Vineyards

Vidovich Vineyards

Wine tasting has its own community of like-minded fans. Over time, connections are made that can lead to even more wine tasting fun. We had a recent example of “six degrees of wine tasting separation” when we received an invitation to attend a party at a new winery called Vidovich Vineyards. That was one great connection!

House Family Vineyards

House Family Vineyards

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!

Cooper Garrod Vineyards

Cooper Garrod 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.

Savannah Chanelle Vineyards

Savannah Chanelle Vineyards

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.

Old Friends and New Friends

Old Friends and New Friends

This past weekend, I went to visit an old friend that I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. Now, it just so happens that this friend also owns Loma Prieta Winery in the Santa Cruz mountains. Here is where I ask myself (as a wine lover… nay… passionate wine adorer), what has taken so long […]

Upcoming EventsIn light of the COVID-19 situation, confirm event details in advance.

September 2021
October 2021

Sep 19

Furthermore Wines in Russian River
Come and see why Nate Lopez has been named, “Best jazz musician or group of the North Bay” by the North Bay Bohemian. His infectious groove orientated jazz is a delight to behold in this intimate outdoor complimentary experience. Click here for more info

McGrail Vineyards in Livermore
Music in the Vines with Funk Shui
Sunday, September 19th | 12-4pm
Join us on the front lawn for live music by the fun and upbeat band: Funk Shui! Take in the fantastic views and some delicious wines. Bring a picnic lunch as we will not have a food truck on-site! Please bring lawn chairs and blankets to make yourself comfortable. Wine will be available by the glass or bottle for this event.
$10/person | $5/wine club memberClick here for more info

Occasio in Livermore
We will be holding a celebration of Grenache on Sunday, September 19, at the winery. This is an opportunity to learn about the history of this cultivar as well as about the challenges it poses for successful vinification. We will taste the current release as well as a barrel sample from the 2020 vintage.
Sep 21

The Wine Steward in Pleasanton
Our Next Event is always one of the year's most popular...

The French Wine Imports of Charles Neal, as shown by Tom Switzer and Jim

For the 1st 24 to RSVP
(Please be vaccinated and remain masked when not seated)
Tuesday, September 21 at 6pm
$44 per person

Sign Up for Tom & Jim's French Extravaganza!

Tom and Jim joined Charles Neal on a trip to France some 12 or 13 years ago. Ever since, we've remembered that experience on our mezzanine with rsvp-only tastings. Sometimes (in December) Charles himself visits to focus on Champagne. More recently, Tom (his representative and our good pal) and I have put on a late summer "sans Charles" event where we try to behave in front of 24 or so of you.

That's what happens again on September 21. A Bay Area Importer we deem as worthy as better-known Kermit Lynch will join us in spirit while Tom and I pour and discuss wines from the Loire Valley, Rhone, Bordeaux, Champagne . . .

This will be GOOD!

Click here for more info
Sep 24

Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
Friday, September 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist Andy Joe Stewart loves everything from Boogie Woogie to George Straight, with some Sam Cooke in the middle, and his style is a mix of old time country, rock and roll and blues.

Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome.
Click here for more info
Sep 26

Furthermore Wines in Russian River
RJC is a bay area hard bop quintet that explores classic 1950s jazz from the likes of Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane. Some people refer to this era as the Blue Note sound.
Click here for more info
Oct 01

3 Steves in Livermore
Laughs in a Glass Comedy Series Tickets On Sale Now!

If you came to our last sold-out show of the series, then you know how much fun we all had! Our next show is coming up Friday Night October 1st!
We have open seating, outside food is permitted, doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.

We'll also have Angel's Dad ice cream truck here serving up banana splits and other delights!

Headlining this show will be Pauline Yasuda with Alexia Nye Jackson, Brian Maggi and your host Kristina Pandis. We are proud to be partnering with one of our favorite charities, Culinary Angels who provide nutritious healing, nutrient-rich meals to people going through serious health challenges.Click here for more info

Steven Kent in Livermore through Oct 02
The hilarious Chris Garcia is coming to
The Lineage Collection for THREE shows

October 1st & 2nd!

You may have seen him on his Comedy Central special, The Late Late Show with James Corden, TV series Mr. Iglesias, Last Call With Carson Daly, or many other TV appearances. Click here for more info
Oct 09

Occasio in Livermore
Guests will have the opportunity to experience crush up close and personal as we celebrate another Livermore harvest. This is an opportunity to experience firsthand how grapes are transformed into wine.
Oct 30

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 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. **
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