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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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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5 Ways to Win Valentine’s Day

This year Valentine’s Day is a double-whammy!  Not only is it the holiday of love, it’s a three-day weekend, all the more reason to go big.  Haven’t planned what you’re going to do yet?  Fear not, we have five ways for you to win Valentine’s Day this year.

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