And the 2017 Winners are…

Congratulations to the winners of Thursday night’s Annual Quest for Pairing Excellence and thank you to everyone who participated!  Let’s not delay… here are the winners who make your cooking look like it needs improvement, or is that just me?

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Make the Most of Your Summer

It’s officially summer!  Make sure you get the most out of this summer with the list below of fun activities in Livermore Valley Wine Country.

  • Taste Our Terroir | The food and wine event of the summer. From July 20th-23rd there will be wine and food events throughout Livermore Valley.  Tickets are going quickly, get yours today!
  • Farmers Market – Thirsty Thursdays | Head to Carnegie Park every third Thursday of the month for Thirsty Thursdays now through September. Sample wines while you pick up your local fruit and veggie haul and listen to some great music.
  • New Tasting Rooms | Livermore Valley is expanding! Several wineries both new and old to the region have opened new tasting rooms this year.  Be sure to stop by Ehrenberg Cellars, McKahn Family Vineyards, Omega Road Winery, and Wood Family Vineyards to name a few.
  • Biking Through the Vineyards | One of the most unique things about Livermore Valley is that you can easily bike from one winery to the next.
  • Trolley | Throughout the summer the Livermore Wine Trolley is having hop on-hop off service to several wineries throughout the region. This is a great option if you’re not interested in driving or biking around the valley.
  • Picnics | Grab your favorite picnic essentials and head to one of our many wineries with a picnic area! Sip through your flight of wine as you enjoy.
  • Al fresco lunches | If preparing a picnic is not your thing, stop by Garre Café, Murrieta’s Well, Underdog Wine Bar or the Wente Restaurant to enjoy a delicious al fresco lunch while you’re out wine tasting.
  • Garden Trail | For garden lovers, this trail is wonderful. Sip wines as you view local gardens and get ideas for your own outdoor oasis.
  • Harvest Wine Celebration | This year, Harvest Wine Celebration is bringing 40+ to Las Positas college for a day filled with live music, food trucks and more! Mark your calendar for September 3rd and get your tickets now.
  • Weekly Events | All summer long, wineries throughout the valley host special events. Be sure to check the calendar as you plan your weekend!
  • Plan Your Own Weekend | There are so many things to do around Livermore Valley! Use the itinerary planner to make sure you get to all the stops you want.

Now that you’ve got your list, let’s raise a glass to the summer season.  Looking forward to seeing you out and about in Livermore Valley!

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Sip, Shop and Toast to Summer

Wednesday marks the official day of summer.  I know, between the weather and the kids finishing up school it already feels like summer, but Wednesday makes it official.   Summer highlights some of my favorite things: getting outside, spending time with friends, sipping wine while watching the sun set.  I’m kicking off the first official day of summer at the San Francisco Premium Outlets.  From 5-8pm you can sip wine and shop with increased discounts for those participating in Summer Sip & Shop.

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What to Love About Chardonnay: From the Winemaker’s Perspective

We all have our favorite wines and the reasons we love them.  In honor of Chardonnay Week, we gathered seven wineries to hear their reasons as to why they love Chardonnay.  Whether or not you agree with them, they all agree that you should taste as many different versions to determine which is your favorite. But until you do, here are their thoughts on Chardonnay:

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Spring in Livermore Valley

This spring is so different from last year!  The hills are a beautiful green, we’ve enjoyed a few summer-like days, and no one is frantically begging and pleading with the skies to bring us rain.  The vineyards are coming alive as well as we see the first signs of bud break.  What is bud break?  It’s when the dormant bud opens and the shoot begins to grow.  Essentially, it’s our first sight of this year’s crop.

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Blending Old Friends with the New

There’s a new event on March 25th and 26th and I for one could not be more thrilled.  Barrels, Bottles & Brews is replacing Barrel Tasting Weekend because the wineries invited some of their friends to join in the festivities.  If you didn’t know, Livermore Valley has seen an influx of breweries and distilleries over the past few years and some winemakers have even tried their hand at brewing and distilling.  Barrels, Bottles & Brews will be two days where you can get outside, enjoy the spring weather and sample wines, beers and spirits.

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Your Valentine’s Day Guide

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you’re like me, you’ve dropped the ball on getting a present for that special someone OR you just want to treat yourself to something special.  I’ve compiled a quick and easy list of wine-themed items that I love and lucky for you… many of them are available on Amazon or can be done this weekend!

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5 Non-wine Gifts for the Wine Lover

Hey there, Liv here!

Do you have someone on your list who seems to have everything, loves a good glass of wine, and you want to get them something besides the liquid gold… I mean wine? Check out my suggestions below and make your very own Livermore Valley Wine Country Gift Basket.

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