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Ah, springtime! The cold, dark days of winter give way to earlier sunrises, warming breezes, and the first signs of life returning to the vineyards. The tantalizing promise of another amazing vintage is everywhere! After a long winter, with days filled with managing last fall’s harvest through the laborious steps from crush to bottling, springtime […]
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It is mere weeks until the kick-off of the 2019 winetasting season in Livermore! The weekend of March 23-24 will bring a perennial favorite: Barrel Tasting Weekend. Here are the details: The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association has put together another wonderful event. One $45 ticket provides two days of fun, with a commemorative wine glass […]
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The word “disgorgement” may not sound like a good thing, but to people who love champagne, the word is a favorite. So what is disgorgement and why should anyone care? Making champagne is a long and convoluted process. First, still wine is produced, usually from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, or sometimes Pinot Gris. The […]
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The pressure slowly grows as the calendar winds inexorably toward the highest stakes holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day. K&L Wines provided the perfect pressure relief: their “Almost Valentine’s Day” champagne tasting. Just add some flowers and chocolate and consider the holiday handled! Our son, Brian, gave us tickets to this event as part of […]
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It may be January, but in Northern California that means that spring is just around the corner. This warm and bright January day was the perfect setting as the Ruby Hill Winery welcomed spring with a Wine Club Release Party. Blue skies, a gentle breeze, and temperatures in the mid 60s – a perfect day […]
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The annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has delivered their 2019 results. As usual, the Livermore Valley wineries came home with an impressive array of medals! This year, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition attracted 6,800 wine submissions from over 1,100 wineries from America, Canada, and Mexico this year. A total of 185 categories were considered by […]
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Very soon, two of our favorite things, wine and chocolate, come together for a weekend of pairing bliss. Get excited, because the Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend is almost here! The weekend of February 9 and 10 Lodi wineries will come together to host the 22nd annual Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend. This is a ticketed event, […]
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Gertrude Stein said that “A rose is a rose is a rose.” It turns out, though, that a Pinot Noir is not exactly a Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir. We spent an evening learning about some of the many clones of Pinot Noir. Let the battle begin! Our good friends invited us to join […]
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Wineries throughout Livermore put together intriguing and innovative experiences for their guests during the annual Holidays in the Vineyards weekend. Every year we struggle to select from the long list of wonderful opportunities. With a few hours to tour and so much fun to be had, hard choices were made. We were thrilled to have […]
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