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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And the 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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Your Summer Bucket List

Today is the first day of my favorite season.  Happy summer to all!  With any new season I think it’s important to write a list of things to accomplish, so without further ado here’s my bucket list for the summer.

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Congratulations to the Uncorked! Winners

We are proud to announce that the fabulous Livermore Valley wineries won a total of 62 medals at Tri-Valley Conservancy’s Livermore Valley Uncorked! Wine Competition this year!  This is a true testament to the hard work that our winemakers put in and the quality of the wine that they are creating.  Find the complete list below and be sure to come taste at our fabulous Livermore Valley wineries!

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Save Water, Drink Wine

You may have heard that California has a bit of a drought situation going on.  With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought it’d be the perfect time to get Down to Earth with a few fun activities:

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Barrel Tasting: A Taste from the Winemaker

Tasting wine from a barrel is a rare opportunity that anyone can step out of the role of wine taster and peek into what it is to be a winemaker.  Winemakers taste from the barrel not only to check if it is ready for bottling, but also to make sure nothing is spoiled, or when they are considering which wines to blend together.

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