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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Live Well with Zinfandel

Livermore Valley’s take on a quintessential California wine grape

There is a briskness in the air as fall marches on and it’s the perfect time to spice things up in wine country. In November, Livermore Valley highlights Zinfandel as the featured varietal. This bold and classic varietal is the number one planted grape in California.
The primary flavors include jam, blueberry, cherry, plum, boysenberry, cranberry and licorice.  Other aromas you may be able to pick out are black pepper, black cardamom and anise. Tannins and acid are generally medium to medium high.

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