Archive for November, 2009

Bent Creek Winery 5455 Greenville Rd., Livermore (925) 455-6320 www.bentcreekwinery.com

Special Tastings include: New Releases of 07 Petite Sirah Port, 07 Zinfandel Port, and 07 Red on Red blend

Regular winery discounts available Live Music: Jazz by the Two Guys.

Food Pairing: Cabana Dave’s Clam Chowder paired with Chardonnay and Truffle Gateau Chocolate paired with Port

Vendors: Truffle Gateau http://www.trufflegateau.com, Alexa Danner (jewelry, wine charms, tote bags), JoAnn Duncan, Christmas craft arts, Sally Ann Flak (unique jewelry)

No Tasting Room Fee

Big White House & John Evan Cellars 6800 Greenville Rd., Livermore (925) 449-1976 www.bigwhitehouse.com

Special Tastings include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tawny Port, and Riche Mignon

Vendors: The Final Touch Designs (button jewelry) http://www.thefinaltouchdesigns.com, Caryne Mount (wearable art) http://www.carynmount.com

Tasting Fee is $5

Bodegas Aguirre Winery 8580 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 606-0554 www.bodegasaguirre.com

Special Tastings include: White and traditional Ports plus 6 estate wines

Estate wines non-reserve 30% off, all others 10% off

Food Pairing: Chocolate and Port Pairing

Vendors: Barrel Works (candle holders, lazy susans, bottle racks made from wine barrels)

Tasting Fee is $5

Charles R Vineyards 8195 Crane Ridge Rd., Livermore (925) 454-3040 www.charlesrvineyards.com

Special Tastings include: 07 Syrah, 08 Chardonnay. 20% discount on case purchases

Live Music: Antone Lee & His Magical Guitar, Christmas carols and country ballads

Food Pairing: Chardonnay and select cheeses

Vendors: Camille’s Gift Shop (jewelry, stained glass garden art, french soaps, earth friendly candles, and more) Cavalier, James Courtney (Cavalier Caricatures), Candles by Boss Designs, Merry Bon-Bon (delectable chocolates), Artwork (by artists – Lenore Kreit, Don Waldear, Carol Eicher, Bonnie Bartlett, Christine Mikulice, and Michel Robles)

No Tasting Fee. Groups of 8 or more $5 (refundable with purchase)

Chouinard Vineyards 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley (510) 582-9900 www.chouinard.com

Special Tasting of Apple Wine . Case Special – $99 for a case of 05 Petite Sirah

Sachiko Campe (pottery blown glass, jewelry, silk scarves), Bonnie Mathis Hanmade Ceramics, Chris Wallace,  Ailsworth (hand knitted items), Donna Jeffreys (hand knitted hats).

No Tasting Fee

Concannon Vineyard 4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2505 www.concannonvineyard.com

Special case discounts available,  Live Music. Southwestern food bites by Posada Catering

Vendors: Trina Fleer (jewelry and purses), Party Lite (candles), Beauty Society (anti-aging skincare and make-up) http://www.angelapinon.societyskincare.com, Gold Canyon (candles) http://www.mygc.com/societydiva

Tasting Fee is $5

Crooked Vine Winery 4948 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 449-0458 www.crookedvine.com

Sale on case purchases,  Food pairings and specialty desserts available

Vendors: Beauty Society (anti-aging skincare and make-up) http://www.omgdiva.society.skincare.com, Gold Canyon (candles)  http://www.mygc.com/omgdiva

Tasting Fee $5

Cuda Ridge Wines 5385 East Ave., Livermore (510) 304-0914 www.cudaridgewines.com

Special Barrel Tasting and Gift Baskets Available

Guest Santa Appearance. Holiday Music.

Food Pairing: Papa Dino’s Italian Orzo Soup and Portuguese Kale Soup

Vendors: Mom Dino’s Crafts (holiday crafts), Watercolors by KB (water color pictures) http://www.kb-art.com

Complimentary Flight, $5 Port Tasting, $5 Barrel Tasting

Deer Ridge Vineyards 1828 Wetmore Ave., Livermore (925) 245-9756 www.deerridgevineyards.com

Special Tastings: Award winning 04 Cabernet and 07 Chardonnay

Wine available by the glass, food for purchase. Cooking demonstration each day.

Enter-to-Win a free wedding. Raffle for a free Green Shed (on display at the winery)

Vendors: Kim Pace Designs (jewelry), Soap Sister (handmade soaps and candles), Stonewear Jewelry, Dechen Designs (pashima and cashmere shawls and scarves), Sew n’ Wild Oats (Home décor items made from barrel staves), Erin Davis Pottery (handmade pottery), Worthington Gallery West (Handcrafted international arts and crafts), Green Sheds (garden sheds made from recycled materials) http://www.greensheds.net/holidays2009info.htm

There is a Tasting Fee

Eagle Ridge Vineyard 10017 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 447-4328 www.eagleridgevineyard.com

30% off case purchase (mix and match) of your choice.

Food: Hot Mulled Wine and Jim’s Tri-Tip Chili available for purchase

Vendors: Not your Mother’s Tupperware (children’s gift sets and wineglasses) http://www.my.tupperware.com/daniellejbeck, Bag it Up (designer inspired handbags and accessories) http://www.annsbagitup.com, JJ Designs (hand pained glassware, note cards, embroidered linens) http://www.buyjjsdesigns.com

No Tasting Fee

Eckert Estate Winery 2400 Arroyo Rd., Livermore (925) 371-8606 www.eckertestate.com

Special Tasting includes: Viognier and Late Harvest Primitive. Special pricing on case sales.

Vendors: Arroyo Windmill Groves Olive Oils and Noyo Reserve Exotic Mustards

No Tasting Fee

el Sol Winery 8626 Lupin Way, Livermore (925) 606-1827 www.elsolwine.com

Special Tasting includes: New Release Reserve Cab & Reserve Merlot. 25% off Merlot Rose purchases

“Bottle it Yourself” with custom holiday gift labels

Vendors: Funzees (one of a kind baby gifts that edgy to sweet, funny and unique) http://www.funzees4u.com, Paula Carvalho’s Jewelry (one of a kind handmade jewelry) http://www.paulasjewelry.net

Tasting Fee $5

Elliston Vineyards 463 Kilkare Rd., Sunol (925) 862-2377 www.elliston.com

Special Tasting includes: Champagne, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon

Select wines on sale, 10% bonus on gift card purchases over $100, holiday gift baskets

Food: Beautiful holiday hors d’oeurve display

Vendors: Silpada Designs (fine sterling jewelry) http://www.mysilpada.com/kim.tanton, Chanteuse Designs (handbags, aprons, holiday stockings) http://www.chanteusedesigns.com, Apriori Beauty (anti-aging products) http://www.aprioribeauty.com

No Tasting Fee

Fenestra Winery 83 Vallecitos Rd., Livermore (925) 447-5246 www.fenestrawinery.com

Food Pairing: Holiday foods paired with wines

Vendors: Robert Shimmon (large format black and white photography) http://www.photosmash.net, Glass by Debra (custom lamps and nightlights in stain glass), Shimmering Stones Jewelry

Tasting Fee $5

Garré Vineyard & Winery 7986 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 371-8200 www.garrewinery.com

Special Tasting includes: 06 & 07 Cabernet Franc, 06 & 07 Cabernet Sauvignon, 06 & 07 Syrah (side by side tastings)

Santa will make a visit on Sunday. Christmas cookie crafting for kids on Sunday. Warm coat drive.

Food: Chef Ty’s Holiday Stew, Christmas sweets, and Hot Mulled Cider.

Vendors: Teez Handsuds (Bath and body products) http://www.teezhandsuds.com , Amy Schwab Designs (Accessories) http://www.amyschwabdesigns.com , Carde Blanche (personalized stationary & gifts) http://www.cardeblanche.com , Cheshire Cat Photo (photos) http://www.cheshirecatphoto.com , Kalli Crawford (jewelry & accessories) http://www.kallicrawforddesigns.com , Cookie Lee Jewelry (Maria Howell), J&M Woodcrafters, Renee Ryder (Christmas Ornaments), Jealousy Jewels

No Tasting Fee

La Rochelle Winery 5443 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 243-6442 www.lrwine.com

Complimentary mulling spice with wine purchase, 20% off wine purchase of 4 bottles or more

Vendors: Belgique Truffle Gateau by Linda Bartlett Keys (truffles) http://www.trufflegateau.com, Mokulele Farms by Debbie Donald (coffee, honey, macadamia nuts from Kona) http://www.mokulelefarms.com, Cookie Lee Jewelry http://www.cookielee.biz/esuite/home/leslietakemura

Tasting Fee $10, $15, $20 depending on flight (each served with a food pairing)

Les Chênes Estate Vineyards 5562 Victoria Lane, Livermore (925) 373-1662 www.leschenesvine.com

Special Tasting New Release 07 Mouvedre

Music by Les Amisde Les Chenes Violinists.

Food pairing with Chef Jim. Winner of the ‘Take Les Chenes Around the World’ announced Sunday at 3pm

Vendors: Les Chenes Mustards and Olive Oils, Holiday gift items

Tasting Fee $5 and refundable with purchase

Little Valley Winery 739 Main St. Pleasanton (925) 862-9006 www.littlevalleywinery-lavender.com

10% off each bottle of Sparkling Wine (20% off case)

Live music: Saturday 1-4pm. Open until 9pm on Saturday. Santa and Tree lighting in Downtown Pleasanton.

Vendors: Little Valley Gift Boutique featuring Lolita glasses, lavender products, wine shirts, and more.

Two complimentary tastes. $5 for tasting flight of 6 wines

Longevity Wines 35 Rickenbacker Circle South, Livermore (888) 325-9463 www.longevitywines.com

Food: Phil’s famous Pulled Pork Sandwiches and other goodies.

Santa will make a surprised visit on Saturday.

Vendors: Lia Sophia (fine jewelry), Robbin’s Family Farms (olive oil and balsamic vinegar) and Chocolates by Raffiné

No Tasting Fee

McGrail Vineyards 5600 Greenville Rd., Livermore (925) 373-6214 www.mcgrailvineyards.com

Special Tasting includes: 05 and 06 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. 1 complimentary taste per Toy for Tots donation

Live Music: Tank Half Full band on Saturday 1-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm

Vendors: CC Kelly Handbags (high end inspired bags), Scott Cleek Studios (wine inspired art) http://www.sjstudio.com , Arkwright Designs (jewelry) http://www.arkwrightdesigns.com

Tasting Fee $5

Mitchell Katz Winery 1188 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton (925) 931-0744 www.mitchellkatzwinery.com

Futures of 08 Sangiovese offered. Case discounts on Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay

Santa Clause will visit on Sunday 2-4pm

Vendors: Truffle Gateau http://www.truffleg.com , Artisan’s Creative Marshmallow Co. (beautifully decorated marshmallows) http://www.artisanmarshmallows.com , Twisted Silver (fine and funky jewelry) http://www.twistedsilver.com

Tasting Fee $5

Murrieta’s Well 3005 Mines Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2390 www.murrietaswell.com

Library wines available for tasting and purchase

Special discounts on library wines to public and wine club members

Tasting Fee $10

Nottingham Cellars 2245 S. Vasco Rd., Livermore (925) 294-8647 www.nottinghamcellars.com

Special Tasting includes: Ralphi’s Red Blend. 20% off Ralphi’s Red Blend purchases

Tasting and food pairings all weekend

Vendors: Riella Creations (unique hand-crafted jewelry) http://www.riella.etsy.com , Pat Cranor Designs (watercolor art, kachinas, mixed media) http://www.patcranor.com

Tasting Fee $5

Occasio Winery 2445 S. Vasco Rd., Livermore (925) 371-1987 www.occasiowinery.com

Club Members enjoy 20% discount. Purchase a club membership as a gift and receive 20% discount on wines

Wreath making on Saturday with seatings at 12:30 and 2:30pm

Wine Blending with Winemaker John Kinney on Sunday at 1:30-2:30pm and 3:30-4:30pm

Tasting Fee $5 for flight of 3 wines. Complimentary taste of Gold Medal winning Pinot Gris

Page Mill Winery 1960 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore (925) 456-7676 www.pagemillwinery.com

10% off bottles and 20% off case purchases

No Tasting Fee

Retzlaff Estate Winery 1356 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore (925) 447-8941 www.retzlaffwinery.com

Special Tasting includes: Old Library Verticals. 6 pack discounts and case discounts

Food Pairing: Truffles with Port, Spiced Ciders, Hot Chocolate and Cookies

Vendors: Handmade Porcelain Santas, Jewelry Crafters, Massages

Tasting Fee waived with purchase

Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery 3053 Marina Ave., Livermore (925) 447-4280 www.rmwinery.com

Special Tasting includes: Rubino Port and 06 Cabernet Sauvignon (State Fair winner)

Live Music both days. Food: Complimentary soup, Gingerbread houses that are 3 ft. tall.

Vendors: Cookie Lee (high fashion jewelry), The Toy Box (high end toys at deep discounts), Serendipity (handcrafted original jewelry inspired by LV wine country, The Cork Lady (cork ornaments), Crafts by Anne Marie (LV wine country ornaments made from wine labels)

No Tasting Fee

Ruby Hill Winery 400 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton (925) 931-9463 www.rubyhillwinery.net

Special Tasting includes: Peacock Patch Reserve Zinfandel. Holiday Gift Packs available

Live Music: Saturday 3-5pm.

Food Pairings: 1-5pm on Saturday & Sunday. Raffles throughout the weekend

Vendors: Lil Hooksters (purse hooks) http://www.lilhookster.com, Cookie Lee (jewelry) http://www.cookielee.com , Petra’s Scarves (hand knitted scarves) , Pampered Chef

Tasting Fee $5 (waived with Toys for Tots donation)

Stony Ridge Winery 4948 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 449-0458 www.crookedvine.com

Sale on case purchases

Food pairings and specialty deserts available

Tasting Fee $5

Tamás Estates 5489 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2380 www.tamasestates.com

Special Tasting includes: Barbera Port. 15% savings on touring wines and 25% on case purchases

Barrel Tasting in the Winter Wonderland Barrel Room

Vendors: Eugenia Zobel (Porcelain Art) http://www.eugeniastudio.8m.com , Anita’s Creations (Christmas crafts and ornaments), Country Patchwork (Handmade quilts and blankets)

Tasting Fee $10

Tenuta Vineyards 633 Kalthloff Commons, Livermore (925) 960-1006 www.tenutawinery.com

Call winery for activities.

The Singing Winemaker 5143 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 606-9463 www.teslavintners.com

Call winery for activities.

The Steven Kent Winery 5443 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 243-6440 www.stevenkent.com

Special Tasting includes: 08 Cabernet Port

Complimentary mulling spice with wine purchase, 20% off wine purchase of 4 bottles or more

Vendors: Belgique Truffle Gateau by Linda Bartlett Keys http://www.trufflegateau.com, Mokulele Farms by Debbie Donald (coffee, honey, nuts from Kona) http://www.mokulelefarms.com, Cookie Lee Jewelry http://www.cookielee.biz/esuite/home/leslietakemura

Tasting Fee $10 (includes glass and 3 pairing stations of special cheeses and chocolate)

Thomas Coyne Winery 51 East Vallecitos Rd., Livermore (925) 373-6541 www.thomascoynewinery.com

Live Music: Traditional Holiday Singers

Vendors: Michelle’s Jewelry Box, Tony’s Wood Works (gifts made with barrel staves )

Wente Vineyards 5565 Tesla Rd., Livermore (925) 456-2305 www.wentevineyards.com

Special Tasting includes: 07 Small Lot Orange Muscat, 07 Small Lot Late Harvest Riesling, 07 Small Lot Petite Syrah

Port. 20% Savings on Vineyard Selection & Heritage Block Wines

Santa will make a visit on Sunday 1-3pm, Barrel Tasting both days

Vendors: Eugenia Zobel (Porcelain Art) http://www.eugeniastudio.8m.com, Anita’s Creations (Christmas crafts and ornaments), Stonewear Jewelry (handcrafted jewelry) http://www.stonewearjewelry.net

Complimentary Flight and $10 Flight, Barrel Tasting $5

White Crane Winery 5405 Greenville Rd., Livermore (925) 455-8085 www.whitecranewinery.com

Annual Holiday “sparkling wine special” – buy two bottles at regular price and the third is $1

Food: Mushroom and Wine Meatballs

Santa will stop by from 12-2pm on Sunday

Vendors: Beauty Society (anti-aging skincare and make-up) http://www.bedazzled.societyskincare.com, Gold Canyon (candles) http://www.mygc.com/bedazzled

Wood Family Vineyards 7702 Cedar Mountain Dr., Livermore (925) 606-7411 www.woodfamilyvineyards.com

Special Tasting includes: New Release 07 Cabernet Sauvignon from Quail Creek Vineyards

Food Pairing: Soup and wine pairing, fudge, and farmstead cheeses

Vendors: My Sisters Jewelry (unique jewelry using sought after gems and metals) http://www.terryfunkejewelry.com, Live

For More Fudge (traditional chocolate and gourmet fudge with fresh cream and butter) http://www.Liveformorefudge.com, Fiscalini Cheese (a rich dairy tradition, handcrafted cheese from Modesto) http://www.fiscalinicheese.com

Tasting Fee $5 includes glass and food pairings

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Holiday in the Vineyards

Holiday in the Vineyards

Holidays in the Vineyards is an annual wine country tradition where wineries showcase their tasting rooms with arts and craft vendors, holiday music, special wines, and more.

Each winery will feature enter-to-win prize packages including“Cycle through the Vineyards” courtesy of Livermore Valley Cycle Tours, “A Day at the Races” courtesy of Umigo Indoor Kart Racing, and “A Weekend in Wine Country” courtesy of The Rose Hotel and Rock & Roll Limousine.

Guests are encouraged to bring toys to their favorite wineries. All toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation after the event.

Plan your weekend!  For a list of weekend events at each winery, click the link below.

There is no admission charge for this special event.

Holidays in the Vineyards

Date:                Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6

Time:                12-5pm

Cost:                Free (tasting fee varies by winery)

Location:          Participating Livermore Valley Wineries including: Bent Creek Winery, Big White House & John Evan Cellars, Bodegas Aguirre Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Chouinard Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Deer Ridge Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Eckert Estate Winery, el Sol Winery, Elliston Vineyards, Fenestra Winery, Garré Vineyard & Winery, La Rochelle Winery, Les Chênes Estate Vineyards, Little Valley Winery, Longevity Wines, McGrail Vineyards & Winery, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta’s Well, Nottingham Cellars, Occasio Winery , Page Mill Winery, Retzlaff Estate Winery, Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, Ruby Hill Winery, Stony Ridge Winery, Tamás Estates, Tenuta Vineyards, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Thomas Coyne Winery, Wente Vineyards, White Crane Winery, Wood Family Vineyards

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