A Conversation with Phil Long, Winemaker and Owner of Longevity Wines

Phil Long of Longevity Wines

Longevity Wines is a family-owned, urban winery and certified minority-owned business based in the Livermore Valley wine region of Northern California. Founders Debra and Phil Long opened Longevity in 2008 when their winemaking hobby outgrew their garage. By that time, they had spent years visiting tasting rooms and saw a need for inclusive wine experiences. Their love of warm, welcoming spaces is evident in the cozy, barn-themed tasting room they designed together. Read More

Wine 101 – Put Your Best Sip Forward with Jeremy Troupe-Masi

Wine 101 - Put Your Best Sip Forward with Jeremy Troupe-Masi


Learning about wine can initially seem intimidating, especially if you are new to the wine scene. Yet, tasting wine in the Livermore Valley is a far cry from daunting; it’s a welcoming, enlightening, and exciting experience. The valley is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, often surprising visitors with winemakers themselves guiding you through the tasting rooms. This is one of the main reasons we offer a Livermore Valley Wine Passport, as it is the perfect way to get to know, understand, and love the art of wine tasting. So, let’s start 2024 off right with a little Wine 101 that will help you ‘Put Your Best Sip Forward’! Read More

Passport To Livermore Valley

Get to know Livermore Valley Wine with our Passport offer!

It’s almost a new year and time for new adventures. It is the perfect time to treat yourself or someone else to the gift of adventure with a 2024 Livermore Valley Wine Passport!

The Livermore Valley Wine Passport is our personal invitation for you to come explore this wine region that has historical roots dating back to the 1800’s and has now hosted 6 generations of winemakers and growers. Read More

Wine & Movie Night(s)

We’ve put together a list of some of the best wine-themed movies for you to enjoy with your favorite bottle of Livermore Valley wine. But of course, no movie night is complete without some sweet and salty snacks. A few Livermore Valley wineries are sharing their favorite wine and movie snack pairings for you to munch on during movie night. Read More

Keep Your Resolutions in Livermore Valley Wine Country

New year, new you…right? We all set different resolutions and we all have plans to see those resolutions through. Check out our suggestions on how to take action on some of the most popular resolutions we have heard this year.

Resolution 1: Learn more about wine

 

Winemaker’s Studio may be just the place for you to put this one to action. They have classes for everyone, from the novice to the expert. You can participate in a Black Glass Tasting, where you will learn about blind tasting in a new way by taking guesses if you are tasting red, white, or something in between.  If you are looking for more of a “winemaker for a day” experience, try out their signature Winemakers Blending Experience, where you will get to taste, evaluate, and blend your very own bottle to take home with you and enjoy while planning your next wine country adventure.

 

Resolution 2: Give back to your community

 

Why not do so while also enjoying a night out with friends? Pinot’s Palette Livermore is hosting a special event celebrating local Law Enforcement. Join them on January 9th where they will be painting “We Got Your 6” in honor of Public Safety First Responders. All First Responders in attendance of this class will receive a FREE seat reservation gift card for a future 2-hour paint party (with valid ID).

 

Resolution 3: See more of the world

 

Set sail with Nottingham Cellars and Wood Family Vineyards aboard AmaWaterways’ AmaDolce through the Bordeaux region of France in 2018!  This inclusive river cruise from March 29 to April 5, 2018 includes wine tastings with both winemakers, two wine-paired dinners crafted by AmaWaterways’ award-winning culinary team and wine-themed excursions in the heart of Bordeaux.  This is a once in a lifetime event that you won’t want to miss!

  • To register as a guest of Nottingham Cellars, click here
  • To register as a guest of Wood Family Vineyards, click here

This sailing is available exclusively through VinoCruising, and our ship is already 30% full!  Please contact Margaret Miner at 925-399-4269 for more information.

 

Resolution 4: Try something new

Have we got just the thing for you! Barrels, Bottles, and Brews is a BRAND NEW event for Livermore Valley Wine Country and is highlighting not only our many wineries, but also some of our new neighbors, distilleries and breweries. We welcome amateurs and aficionados alike to discover something new and unexpected at Barrels, Bottles & Brews on March 25- 26, 2017. Whether you’re a beer buff, wine lover or spirits fan, you might gain a new appreciation for the beverage scene across party lines. Tickets available now!

 

Resolution 5: Laugh more

 

Wine seems to make us laugh a little easier, so why not check out a comedy show? Concannon Vineyard has one coming up at Underdog Winebar on January 27th. Enjoy a night of laughs, wine, and food with friends in the heart of wine country. Keep an eye on our events calendar for more events like this, we know that at Retzlaff Vineyards & Estate Winery and

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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.

Don’t miss the video I made and instructions on how to win my basket during Holidays in the Vineyards at the bottom of this post.

1. Wine Bottle Candle: Make your own with some careful glass cutting tools, some wax, and a wick… or stop by Mitchell Katz Winery and pick one up pre-made.

 

2. Artisan Food Items: Who doesn’t like their wine to have a side of food?! Check out the delicious mustard and cheese at Les Chenes Estate Vineyards, pick up some Brix Chocolate at Garre’ Winery, a hot pepper peach bourbon sauce from McGrail Vineyards and Winery, or maybe even an olive oil from Bent Creek.

 

 

3. Wine Growlers: These are PERFECT for picnics, I even like to take them on hikes with me, coupled with a water bottle of course. These growlers will keep your wine at the perfect temperature. White wine will stay chilled and the red wine won’t heat up while you set up the perfect picnic spread. Pick one or two up at Murrieta’s Well or The Steven Kent Winery.

 

 

4. Bar Accessories: Everyone needs coasters, so why not put together a collection from Livermore Valley wineries like Longevity Wines, Concannon Vineyard, and

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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.

How do you decide what to pair with this rambunctious varietal? Think barbecued red meats, and lighter meats like turkey or ham. For cheese, try manchego. For veggies think something bold like roasted tomato, red peppers, caramelized onion or roasted squash to bring out the wine’s fruitiness. Need more inspiration for dinner? Check out our Pinterest board for recipe picks.

You can find Livermore Valley Zinfandel at more than 20 Livermore Valley wineries.
Recent award-winning wine includes:

  • Eagle Ridge Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel (Silver, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2016)
  • Stony Ridge Winery 2012 Del Arroyo Vineyards Zinfandel (Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2016)
  • Wood Family Vineyards 2013 Big Wood Zinfandel (Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2016)
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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?

    Judges Best Pairing – Wente Vineyards and The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

    This team may have had the upper edge, I mean, who knows the wine better than their own restaurant?  But their pairing of the 2014 Small Lot Serenity with berkshire pork sausage with bing cherry mostarda and Riesling fermented kraut ensured that they were ready for victory!

    Best Classic Pairing – Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery and Gan

     

    The team paired their 2013 Chateau Molyneaux Merlot with wedding cheeks with a charred Korean pepper soubise, crisp potato and pickled red daikon.  Difficult to imagine it all together, but this definitely had us going back for more!

    Most Innovative – Dante Robere Vineyard and Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

     

    This team paired their 2013 Roberitage, 50% Syrah 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with minced chicken in lettuce spears with a sweet hoisin sauce. Oh my!  One of the best things about this dish was that it was delicious and savory without being heavy.

     

    Our panel of judges consisted of Linda Carruci, Culinary Instructor and Author, Fred Swan, Wine Writer & Educator at San Francisco Wine School and Deborah Parker Wong Journalist & Educator for The Tasting Panel, SOMM Journal and Clever Root.  While they may be the experts, our guests voted the following as their favorites.

    People’s Choice Red Wine Pairing – McGrail Vineyards and Winery and Beet’s Hospitality Group

    This team paired the Cabernet Sauvignon with a 12-hour house smoked dry rub brisket with homemade smoky paprika pimento cheese in a crispy risotto shell.  And let me tell you, every hour that was put into this pairing was worth it.

    People’s Choice White Wine Pairing – Longevity Wines and

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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.

  • Bike through the Vineyards. There are so many places you can go on your bicycle!  Hop on and ride from winery to winery and enjoy the beautiful views that Livermore Valley has to offer.  For all of the local bike paths, click here.
  • Taste Our Terroir. This is four days of wine and food from your favorite wineries and restaurants.  The line up couldn’t be better this year with a lobster feed, progressive dinner, brunch in the vineyards, wine seminars and so much more.  Click here for the full list of activities.  Attend one event or multiple for a full weekend of delectable fun.
  • Picnic in the Vineyards. You don’t have to get down in the dirt to enjoy a picnic.  Many of the wineries have great spots to picnic.  Find a full list here.
  • Garden Trail. Did you know that there is a Drought Resistant Garden Trail throughout Livermore Valley?  Check out this map and view beautiful gardens.  You can even stop in at some of the wineries and sip while you commune with nature.
  • Harvest Wine Celebration. Sadly, the end of summer, but celebrate the change in seasons and the newest harvest of wine grapes.  Over 25 wineries will be participating in this two-day event.  This is also the 35th Harvest Wine Celebration so expect the weekend to be better than ever.  Click here for tickets and details.
  • Try a new winery. We all have our favorites and it is so easy to just keep going back to them. This summer, branch out and try a new winery or two before heading to your old favorites.  You may notice that your favorite winery list will get longer and longer.  For a full list of wineries, click here.
  • Movie Night in the Vineyards. More than one winery will be hosting movie nights throughout the summer as well as a multitude of other events.  Enjoy the summer heat as the sun sets and watch one of your favorite movies.  For a full list of winery activities, click here.
  • Ride the Livermore Trolley. Have you heard that you can hop on and hop off at certain Livermore Valley wineries this summer?  This is a great way to get around without having to drive.  Don’t want to share your ride?  Here’s a full list of our transportation partners.
  • Livermore Airport Open House. Technically, not in summer, but who doesn’t love to make plans ahead of time. Check out the newest hangar at the airport, peruse airplanes, all while sampling some of Livermore Valley’s finest wines.  Check back here for more details as the event gets closer, but for now, mark your calendar for October 1st.
  • Try a new restaurant. Oh how I wish we could simply drink wine all day.  Unfortunately, we must eat food as well.  Try one of these restaurants for some delicious bites before, during or after your wine tastings.
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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!

    BEST IN SHOW and BEST WHITE

    Nottingham Cellars | 2015 1846 Sauvignon Blanc

     

    BEST CHARDONNAY

    Concannon Vineyards | 2014 Reserve Chardonnay

     

    BEST OTHER WHITE

    The Steven Kent Winery | 2015 Lola

     

    BEST RED and BEST CABERNET FRANC

    Darcie Kent Vineyards | 2012 Stone Patch

     

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