Livermore Valley's premier food and wine affair spans four delectable days. On Thursday night, the annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence has 20 winemakers partnering with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors. Taste pairings and cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice award! Friday through Sunday wineries across the region host cooking classes, barrel seminars, vineyard tours and more. Saturday night, guests join winemakers for a varietal dinner in an elegant wine country setting.
Livermore Valley's annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence features 20 winemakers partnered with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors. Teams collaborate to create signature dishes that complement the local wines. Meet local winemakers and chefs while sampling mouthwatering creations highlighti ng the valley's terroir. Wine and food media judges participate in a blind tasting and present awards to the winning teams. Be sure to taste all 20 pairings and cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice award!
Friday, July 19th
29 Minute Meals With Chef Tracy
When: Friday July 19th, 2013 | 11 AM – 1 PM Where: Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery Cost: $49 | Buy ticket here Packages: Epicurean Enthusiast 1 .
Enjoy a cooking class and lunch at Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Winery. Meet award-winning Executive Chef Tracy Flores as she teaches an exciting class that is both educational and fun. Start the class with a relaxing lunch prepared by Chef Tracy and a glass of wine from Rodrigue Molyneaux. After lunch, Chef Tracy will teach you how to how to shop, prepare, cook, and serve your meal in 29 minutes or less! Guests will sample the dishes and take home recipes to use in their own kitchen. The class will be held outside in Rodrigue Molyneaux's private courtyard. Don't miss the funny and informative Chef Tracy at a family-owned winery with true California charm.
Olivina Tour and Lunch at Retzlaff Estate Winery
When: Friday July 19th, 2013 | 11 AM – 3 PM Where: Olivina and Retzlaff Winery Cost: $60 | Buy ticket here Packages: Tour & Taste 1, Tour and Taste 3, Combo 1, Combo 3 .
Take a journey to the past for your private tour of the historic Olivina olive orchard with owner Charles F. Crohare. Over 11,000 olive trees are planted on the property some over 130 years old. Charles and his son will walk you through the milling facility where the olives are pressed on-site and unfiltered for the highest quality, flavor and aroma. After tasting Olivina'a fine oils head over to the beautiful organic vineyard and tasting room of Retzlaff Vineyards. The picnic tables will be reserved for your private lunch catered by Tommie T's accompanied by Retzlaff Estate Winery's award-winning wines.
Specifications: Must provide own transportation between Olivina and Retzlaff Vineyards
Secrets of a Sommelier: The Art of Blind Tasting
When: Friday July 19th, 2013 | 4 – 5:30 PM Where: Double Barrel Wine Bar Cost: $60 | Buy ticket here Packages: Tour & Taste 2
Have you ever wanted to learn the art of blind tasting, but can't imagine simply smelling it, swirling it around, and then naming the wine? Don't despair, wine enthusiast, one hour with the pros and you will be well on your way. In this introduction to blind tasting, sommelier Gerald Gilligan and Meghan from Double Barrel Wine Bar will take you on a step-by-step sensory journey through six world-class grape varieties. Discover the clues that each wine glass holds to its true identity. You'll gain entry into this seductive world, becoming a true wine detective — and the life of any party. At the end of the seminar you have an opportunity to compete in a blind tasting competition.
Steven Kent Single Vineyard Cabernet Comparison
When: Friday July 19th, 2013 | 4 – 5:30 PM Where: The Steven Kent Winery Cost: $45 | Buy ticket here Packages: Epicurean Enthusiast 1 .
Cabernet Fans... stop here for a unique comparison of three Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from The Steven Kent Winery. Learn about the distinct terroir at each of these three vineyards: Smith Ranch, Ghielmetti Vineyard, and Home Ranch. While discovering the terroir differences, experience an artisan cheese hand selected to complement each Cabernet Sauvignon.
Explore seven late harvest, dessert, or port wines from seven different Livermore Valley winemakers at three different destinations. From savory espresso cheese to decedent desserts you will enjoy a pairing that will enlighten your senses. Each dessert wine will be paired perfectly so gather your friends and stop at each distinct setting. Wineries featured: Eagle Ridge Vineyards, Charles R Vineyard, el Sol Winery, Big White House, John Evan Cellars, Eckert Estate, Occasio and Longevity.
Specifications: Guest must provide transportation to destinations
Saturday, July 20th
Cooking Demonstration with Ryan Scott
When: Saturday July 20th, 2013 | 11 AM – 1 PM Where: McGrail Vineyard and Winery Cost: $65 | Buy ticket here Packages: Epicurean Enthusiast 1 .
The bounty of Livermore Valley takes center stage with a cooking demonstration by celebrity Chef Ryan Scott. Enjoy the expansive views of Livermore Valley from the lawn of McGrail Vineyard and Winery while tasting three wines and learning how to create the perfect pairings for each of these wines. Graduate of the California Culinary Academy and a contestant on Top Chef, chef Ryan Scott will teach you to make the perfect wine country meal. The demonstration will include three courses and each participant will taste a sample of one of the three courses.
Grilling with Wente Vineyards and Vin X
When: Saturday July 20th, 2013 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Where: Wente Estate Vineyard at 5565 Tesla Rd Cost: $49 | Buy ticket here Packages: Epicurean Enthusiast 1, Savor and Save, Combo 3.
Join sommelier Dylan Arriaza of Vin X Catering as he guides you through fun and exciting grilling demonstrations of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Learn how to pair these tantalizing and savory creations with your favorite Wente Vineyards wines. Soak up the sun on Wente Estate's wine country patio as you put your palate to the test and sample the finished creations.
Let's Talk Cabernet with Rodrigue Molyneaux
When: Saturday July 20th, 2013 | 4 – 5 PM Where: Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery Cost: $49 | Buy ticket here Packages: Tour & Taste 2
Join wine journalist and educator Lindsey Roffey, to tackle the most recognized grape variety in the world. Lindsey will discuss why Cabernet Sauvignon is such a versatile grape and where its popularity originated. You will taste through an impressive line-up of Cabernets from different regions and compare them side by side, in Rodrigue Molyneaux' beautiful private courtyard. You are sure to leave this tasting exploration a Cabernet Sauvignon pro!
Wine and Food Pairing 101 at Concannon Vineyard
When: Saturday July 20th, 2013 | 4 – 6 PM Where: Concannon Vineyard Cost: $65 | Buy ticket here Packages: Savor and Save .
Chef Mike Carey will open your eyes to the possibilities of food and wine pairing. In this enlightening seminar you will refine your sensory skills and palate with distinguished Concannon Vineyard wines. Chef Mike will give guidelines to combine the flavors in wine to highlight, enhance, and harmonize the flavors in your cuisine. Small bites from the Underdog Wine Bar will be paired to Concannon Vineyard wines.
Livermore Valley Sauvignon Varietal Dinner-SOLD OUT
When: Saturday July 20th, 2013 | 6 – 9 PM Where: Martinelli Event Center Cost: $125 | Buy ticket here Packages: Included in all packages
Don't miss this exclusive and elegant wine country evening, celebrating the premium Livermore Valley Sauvignon varietals. Taste through five Sauvignon Blanc wines and twelve Cabernet Sauvignon wines that express the high quality of the Livermore Valley terroir. Mingle with the winemakers and sit beside them for a five course wine country meal. This will be an unforgettable evening you won't want to miss! Cocktail attire is requested.
Sunday, July 21st
From Vine to Glass: Through the Winemaker's Eyes
When: Sunday July 21st, 2013 | 11 AM – 1 PM Where: McGrail Vineyard and Winery Cost: $35 | Buy ticket here Packages: Tour & Taste 1, Combo 3, Savor and Save .
Whether you are a wine enthusiast or an aspiring winemaker, join us to learn the winemaking process from the vine to your glass. Winemaker, Mark Clarin, will lead you on a tour from the estate vineyard to the crush pad and into the barrel room for an educational tour and tasting. Sip on award-winning Cabernets and learn the process involved in creating these fine wines.
Specifications: Taste 5 wines, wear comfy shoes as you will be walking through the vineyard, wear layers as you will be in the cool barrel room for an extended period of time.
French vs. American: Wine and Cheese Tasting - SOLD OUT
When: Sunday July 21st, 2013 | 11 AM – 1 PM Where: La Rochelle Winery Cost: $45 | Buy ticket here Packages: Included in all packages
Santé mon ami! Taste and evaluate the differences between France and America in both the use of Oak in the winemaking as well as in artisan cheese. Winemaker Tom Stutz will discuss the use of French and American Oak in making Pinot Noir.
Ten guests will enjoy a private tasting at The AuburnJames Tasting Room in the heart of downtown Danville. Your host for the evening, winemaker Jim Frost, will select 5 award-winning wines from the AuburnJames library and describe each of them as you relax, sip and sample house-made light pairings in the Private Gallery at the beautiful Danville Tasting Room
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6-9 pm Taste Our Terroir Casa Real Event Center
11 am-1 pm 29 Minute Meals with Chef Tracey Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery
1:30 pm Grilling with Vin X Wente Vineyards and Estate