Introducing the Judging Panel for TASTE: The Livermore Valley Wine Experience

Tickets are selling fast for the signature Food and Wine Pairing Competition in Livermore Valley Wine Country. 

Are you ready for a competition like none other? Livermore Valley Wine Country’s signature Food and Wine Pairing Competition, Taste Our Terroir, is kicking off the TASTE festivities on Thursday, October 19th, 2023. Twelve Livermore Valley wineries are partnered with local chefs to create signature bites that perfectly pair with the chosen wines. They will compete for prizes in a blind tasting evaluated by three esteemed judges. Guests will have the opportunity to be a part of the competition by voting in the People’s Choice category for best Red and White pairing team. Meet the winemakers and chefs while sampling mouth-watering creations and an extravagant dessert buffet. Read More

From Room Temperature to Refreshing

Try Chill-able Red Wines

When the weather starts to warm up, many of us find ourselves searching for the best way to cool down. Whether it’s with a high powered fan, patio misters, or a dip in the pool, it’s no surprise that so many of us look for ways to beat the heat and wind down. But what if we told you there was an even better way to relieve the summer scorch and still enjoy a glass of wine? Enter “chilled” red wines. Read More

BBQ Recipes to Rock Your Wine Collection

Nothing says summer like a classic outdoor BBQ. Memorial Day is the perfect time to fire up the grill and break out your favorite bottles of wine from Livermore Valley wineries. With delicious marinades, spice rubs, and sauces to choose from, you’ll be sure to impress family and friends with a mouthwatering meal that pairs perfectly with your selections of wines.  With endless possibilities wine pairing and meal planning can be overwhelming, so take the advice of our local experts! Read More

Celebrate Chardonnay Day

The Livermore Valley is home to some of the best Chardonnay grapes in the world. This region has a unique microclimate that allows for perfect conditions for growing these delicate and flavorful white wine grapes. The climate here is warm during the day, with cool nights allowing for proper ripening of the fruit while preserving its natural acidity. This combination creates a well-balanced wine with intense aromas and flavors that can range from citrus and tropical fruits to apples, pears, buttery notes, and even nutty characteristics. At Page Mill Winery the variation of flavors can be seen across their three Chardonnay offerings; 2021 Chandler Chardonnay, 2021 VS Chardonnay, and soon to be released 2022 SF Bay Chardonnay. Read More

Winery of the Week – Nottingham Cellars

Each Wednesday, one Livermore Valley Winery is selected to represent our “Winery of the Week” by hosting a Wine Wednesday celebration. The selected winery is open on Wednesday from 5-8pm to help guests wine-down from a hefty work week, or just grab a taste of wine before heading out to a fabulous dinner! The fun continues throughout the weekend as various activities are planned by the highlighted winery.   This weeks featured Livermore winery is Nottingham Cellars, a winery focused on and dedicated to the pursuit of capturing Cabernet Sauvignon and its accompanying Bordeaux red varieties. Read More

Spring Super Bloom and Spectacular Gardens

The California Super Bloom is an awe-inspiring event that occurs when a large amount of rain falls in an area that is usually dry and arid. Super blooms are much more intense than regular blooms due to the abundance of water and nutrients available for the flowers. The extra water helps fertilize the soil, allowing the plants to take full advantage of any sunlight they receive. In addition, this abundance of moisture helps create favorable conditions for pollinators such as bees and butterflies which further contribute to the growth and spread of these colorful displays. Super blooms typically last anywhere from several weeks up to several months. Read More

Perfect Pairings for Easter Brunch

Easter brunch is a great opportunity to bring family and friends together for some delicious food, conversation, and of course, wine. Pairing the right wine can elevate the experience even further.  A good selection of Easter wines should include something light and bright to pair with the morning pastries or eggs; something fruity yet dry for the main courses; and perhaps a dessert wine. You can also set up a DIY mimosa station so everyone can customize their own drinks. Read More

True Meaning of Membership

Wine club membership is a great way to stay connected with your favorite winery. Not only do you get access to exclusive wines, special events, and discounts; but you also have the opportunity to build relationships with the people behind the scenes who are passionate about what they do. Being part of a wine club can be an incredibly rewarding experience, as it allows members to become part of something bigger than themselves and contribute their support for all that goes into making each bottle of wine unique and special. Benefits can include access to limited release wines which tend to be small lot and passion projects of the winemakers, attending private tastings in the winery cellar or touring vineyards on a winemaker-led tour. Being a member opens doors that would otherwise remain closed.  Read More

Red Blends of Livermore Valley to Drink Now

Wine blending is the art of combining different grape varieties to create a particular flavor profile. It’s an important step during winemaking to produce a unique and complex wine, as each variety brings its own set of characteristics to the blend. Winemakers strive for balance, using their knowledge of how certain grapes interact with one another to craft a harmonious final product. Red blends are known for their exciting and intricate flavor profiles. A combination of flavors can be much more diverse than any single variety could offer, allowing for greater complexity and depth in the resulting taste. For example, a red blend may include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel or Petite Sirah which all bring their own unique flavors to the mix such as berry notes from Cabernet Sauvignon or spice from Syrah. This allows for endless possibilities when creating distinct and delicious red blends.  We have had the pleasure of tasting many great Red Blends from our wineries in the valley, and we recommend you try them too.  Here are our picks of current releases that are sourced right here  in Livermore Valley! Read More

International Syrah Day

International Syrah day celebrates the bold, full bodied varietal with a unique and complex blend of flavors. Syrah explodes with notes of cracked black pepper, smoky bacon, dark blackberries, and cassis. The tannins are typically structured yet soft on the finish. Livermore Valley’s warm climate and rocky soil produces intensely flavored wines that are perfect for aging.   Syrah is best enjoyed with hearty grilled meats, such as steak or lamb, as well as bold cheeses like camembert and blue cheese. Its robust flavor makes it ideal for sipping solo or pairing with food.  Read More