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The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition proved to be a breakout year for Livermore Valley wineries. With 143 award winners from the region, critics, wine experts and consumers are taking notice of the recent success from the Livermore Valley.

Now you have the chance to celebrate Livermore Valley’s big winners during an intimate winemaker dinner to be held Friday, February 24th at Wente Vineyards. This is sure to be a memorable evening highlighting the award-winning wines, smartly paired with tempting courses from The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. The gourmet menu includes:

2009 Cuda Ridge Wines MerlotBest of Class- paired with ahi tuna carpaccio, black olives, pickled red onions, fried caper berries, micro greens and herb oil.

2009 Bent Creek Cabernet SauvignonBest of Class- paired with creamy herbed polenta, wild mushroom- oven dried tomato ragout, charred red peppers and focaccia crisp.

2008 Wente Vineyards Nth Degree SyrahBest of Class- paired with smoked grimaud farms guinea hen confit, braised white beans, radicchio, bacon broth.

2008 McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ReserveRed Sweepstake Winner- paired with mesquite grilled flat iron, carrot puree, roasted cipollini and salsa verde.

A dessert reception will follow with specially selected wine from each winery.

The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm with a welcome reception. The winemaker dinner and dessert reception will immediately follow from 7:00- 10:00 pm at the Wente Vineyards Event Center. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase online for this intimate evening.

According to Heather McGrail of McGrail Vineyards, the Livermore Valley Winemaker Dinner is just one example of the collaboration evident among wineries throughout the region.

“Everyone was very excited about the results from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Larry Dino from Cuda Ridge winery approached us about partnering for a winemaker dinner,” said McGrail. “Fortunately, most Livermore wineries enjoy working together and believe in the philosophy that working together creates greatness.”

McGrail Vineyards Winemaker, Mark Clarin, also agrees that the results from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are just the beginning of great things to come for the Livermore Valley.

“The Livermore Valley has a rich and long history of producing exceptional wines over the past 150 plus years. Among the varieties historically recognized are Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah,” said Clarin. “As we have moved into the 21st Century we are proving that many noble grape varieties can produce outstanding wines including our Cabernet Sauvignon. Livermore Valley AVA – We are cooler than you think.”

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An annual favorite, Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend is happening at more than 30 wineries throughout the region on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. Visitors who book an overnight stay in Tri-Valley durning Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend can take advantage of an exclusive limited-time offer. Travelers who book an overnight stay at a participating hotel in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon or Danville are eligible to receive a $50 Visa card to spend during their stay.

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Here’s how it works: simply book a hotel room and fill out the request form online. You will receive your Visa card upon hotel check in. This offer is valid on reservations booked from Friday, March 30- Sunday, April 1, 2012. All requests must be received by 9 am on Friday, March 30 to ensure delivery.

Enjoy this exclusive deal to make Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend an exciting and affordable weekend getaway. A growing Livermore Valley wine country tradition by the Livermore Winegrowers Association, Barrel Tasting Weekend, offers the chance to immerse yourself in Livermore Valley wines while traveling from winery to winery throughout the valley. Taste barrel samples (and often the same wine already in the bottle, from an earlier vintage) at the more than 30 participating wineries. Take advantage of exclusive deals will be offered on pre-purchased “futures” that haven’t even been bottled yet. Tickets for this event are available online for $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

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