Archive for May, 2011

Professional cyclists are getting ready to traverse the Livermore wine country as Stage 4 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California kicks  off in Livermore on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Cycling through the region’s rolling hills and sprawling vineyards isn’t just for world-class athletes. Visitors can pair cycling and wine with an exclusive Livermore Bike Tour getaway package.

A wine & cycling tour of Livermore wine country is the perfect weekend excursion.

 The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Livermore have teamed up to offer visitors a Livermore Bike Tour package, available now through December 31, 2011. Rates vary by date, but start at just $235 for two. This is a saving of more than 50% off the premium tour alone.

The Livermore Bike Tour Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • A guided cycling tour through Livermore Valley Wine Country
  • Stops and wine tasting at two Livermore wineries
  • A gourmet lunch and complimentary Livermore wine sampling at Campo di Bocce
  • An olive oil presentation and tasting of Olivina’s  olive oil and balsamic vinegars
  • Dessert and Port pairing

Catch the amazing views of Tri-Valley on a wine & cycle tour.

Tour routes and winery stops vary depending upon riders’ ability and interest, but are generally 6-10 miles total. Tours are kept intimate with groups of no more than 16 people. Wine purchases will be transported for riders to the finishing point of the tour.

Livermore Wine & Cycle Tours offers wine country tours from mid-May through mid-November, weather permitting.

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Terra Mia Italian Restaurant

Terra Mia Restaurant, Livermore

McGrail Vineyards, a family-owned Livermore winery is hosting a winemakers dinner at Terra Mia restaurant on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Join McGrail Vineyard’s Winemaker, Mark Clarin, for an unforgettable evening of food, wine and good company.

A four-course menu features traditional Italian dishes with fresh, local ingredients paired with award-winning McGrail wines. Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • Caprese salad paired with newly-release 2010 Rose
  • Pasta or risotto paired with 2007 Patriot Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sole with 2009 Chardonnay and prime rib with the exclusive 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve—a win sold out at the winery
  • Dessert paired with McGrail’s first-eve Petite Sirah from Casa de Vinas

This exclusive, intimate evening is expected to sell out quickly and space is limited. Tickets are $85 per person. For reservations, call Terra Mia at 925-456-3333.

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