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 Two getaway packages entice visitors to the historic Livermore Valley wine country this summer.

The Livermore Shakespeare Festival and Livermore Valley Opera have teamed up to offer the perfect option for travelers seeking a full weekend of entertainment among the vineyards, with the ‘Bard & Bravo Package.’ It includes two tickets to the Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Tragedy of Macbeth in a gorgeous outdoor setting under the stars at Concannon Vineyard on Saturday, July 30, 2011 and admission to Livermore Valley Opera’s Bard & Bravo Festival at Retzlaff Vineyards on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Also included is one overnight stay at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Livermore, two bottles of Livermore Valley wine and wine tasting coupons at select Livermore Valley wineries—for $259.

This is the first year Livermore Shakespeare Festival has joined with the LVO to offer this package for visitors. The intimate venues offer spectators a truly unique way to experience performances.

Livermore Shakespeare Package

Annual favorite, The Livermore Shakespeare Festival, is back for another season with the ‘Shakespeare in the Vineyards Package.’ An exciting San Francisco Bay Area option that’s indulgent but affordable, the package includes two tickets to the Livermore Shakespeare Festival in the gorgeous outdoor setting under the stars at Concannon Vineyard, along with an overnight stay at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Livermore— for $229.

The Livermore Shakespeare Festival includes a production of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth.

As the sun sets in the vineyard and the play begins, ‘Shakespeare in the Vineyard Package’ customers will be treated to a picnic for two. Available June 30-July 31, 2011, the special also includes: a gourmet picnic provided by Barbara Llewellyn Catering for Underdog Wine Bar, a bottle of Concannon wine, a full hot buffet breakfast, complimentary wine tasting at select wineries, as well as a Livermore Downtown Guest Pass for discounts at participating businesses in the charming, historic downtown shopping district.

Available Thursday through Sunday, package customers can opt to see either Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor.

For more information about the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, including how to purchase individual tickets, please visit http://www.livermoreshakes.org/.

For more information about the Livermore Valley Opera, including how to purchase individual tickets, please visit http://www.livermorevalleyopera.com.

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Spring is an ideal time to visit the Tri-Valley. The air is crisp, hills are green, and mustard brightly clusters between the rolling grape vines. Extend your visit for the entire weekend during the Livermore Winegrowers Association’s third annual Barrel Tasting Weekend, March 19 & 20, 2011.
More than 30 Livermore Valley wineries are scheduled to participate,  offering samples of wines still in development—direct from their barrels. Guests with special event wristbands and official glasses will receive at least one barrel sample at each participating winery. Most winemakers will be present to personally pour and discuss their young wines and offer delicious pairings with gourmet appetizers, artisan cheeses, chocolate and nuts.

Advance tickets are available online now for $30. Tickets purchased at the event will be $35 per person. Each ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass featuring the Livermore Valley Wine Country logo, two days of barrel tasting at participating wineries, special activities and discounts and an event map.

Livermore Winegrowers Association's 3rd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend, March 19 & 20, 2011

Livermore Winegrowers Association's 3rd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend, March 19 & 20, 2011.

Each winery will offer a unique experience to Barrel Tasting Weekend guests. Many will give discounts on wine purchases to ticket holders only. Examples of special events and wines to be tasted include

  • Big White House & John Evan Cellars: tasting of 2009 Sangiovese, 2009 Roussanne, 2009 Lapsus and 2006-2010 Syrah vertical. Bottle your own wine for $99 per case.
  • Cedar Mountain Winery: barrel samples of 2009 Zinfandel to be paired with Bissenger Raspberry Creams. Complimentary premium tasting. Bottle your own olive oil (bring your own bottle).
  • Eckert Estate Winery– tasting 2008 Malbec and 2009 Carignane. “Ensemble,” a hands-on workshop for creating balanced blends 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Wines paired with cheese fondue and ‘sipping chocolate’. 10% off purchases of single bottles and 25% off on cases.
  • McGrail Vineyards & Winery– tasting Casa de Vinas Petite Sirah and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Seguin Moreau Barrel Cooperage will give a barrel talk and demonstration. 25% off all wine purchases.
  • The Steven Kent Winery & La Rochelle Winery: tasting La Rochelle 2009 Pinot Meunier on Saturday and Steven Kent 2008 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon on Sunday. 20% off purchase of 6 bottles or more.

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Livermore Valley Wine Country boasts 50+ wineries

Puerto Vallarta or the fishing village next door – Salyulita? Santa Barbara or the lesser-known sands down the 101 in Ventura? In this sober vacation economy, an important trend involves bypassing “the destination” and turning instead to “the destination next door”. Enter Napa Valley’s destination next door – the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Approximately one-hour driving distance from the three major San Francisco Bay Area airports, located in California’s Tri-Valley region, this wine country is stunning, affordable and boasts 50+ wineries. When off the wine trail, three historic, charming downtowns offer excellent shopping and dining, perfect for a memorable romantic Valentine’s Day retreat that doesn’t break the bank.

Chocolate, Wine and Love

Concannon Vineyard has produced distinctive estate-grown Livermore Valley wines for more than a century. Well-known for delicious Bordeaux-style wines and America’s first Petite Sirah, the historic, recently restored redwood winery is a perennial favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Concannon's grounds offer a deligthful spot for a romantic picnic

Visit the Concannon tasting room during Valentine’s Day weekend for a special tasting flight, smartly paired with decadent gourmet chocolate. Enjoy the signature tasting flight of seven Concannon wines regularly offered in addition to the newly-released Petite Sirah Port, 2007 and Late Harvest Semillon- Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is not a ticketed event. For more information, visit http://www.concannonvineyard.com/

Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

Enjoy a special romantic dessert and wine pairing experience at the historic Winery. Indulge in five chocolate and wine pairings carefully prepared and selected by Wente Vineyards. Learn how chocolate and wine can combine and create a romantic and sensual experience!  For tickets and more information, visit https://shop.wentevineyards.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=BOT&PART=8209.

San Francisco Bay Area Limousines can help take the stress out of planning your Livermore Valley Wine Country Valentine’s Day tour. Mention the Tri-Valley CVB Valentine’s Day guest special and receive 20% off tour rates. Relax knowing the driving is left to the professionals and take in the beauty of the rolling hills and sprawling vines of the Livermore Valley Wine Country.  Conditions apply: Limousine and Sedan Rentals 3 hour minimum booking, Shuttle buses 4 hour minimum booking, Limousine Buses 5 hour minimum booking. For more information about the rates and to book your romantic wine country tour, call 866-536-6866

Niles Canyon Railway, is a throwback to the days of the railroad’s peak in popularity. Enjoy a nostalgic train ride and wine tasting in elegant, fully-restored 1940s rail cars for a Valentine’s Day experience not to be missed. As you travel through scenic Niles Canyon on a vintage train from Sunol to Niles and back. Enroute you’ll be served six specially-selected wines from the Livermore Valley, paired with hors d’oeuvres. For more information: http://www.ncry.org/pdf/valentine.pdf and To purchase tickets: http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/344652

Dance the evening away with the “Green beans Band” and enjoy a romantic evening at Red Feather Winery at the annual Sweetheart Dance.  Let Red Feather spoil you all night long with a decadent, gourmet meal and paired Red Feather wines. Space is limited and the event is expected to sell out. Tickets are $100 per couple For more information, visit: redfeatherwinery.com or to purchase tickets, call 925-449-1871, or e-mail connie@redfeatherwinery.com

Catch the Cabaret at The Firehouse Arts Center

Romantic Music and Couples Cooking Classes

The Firehouse Arts Center, a recently-opened performing arts center constructed from the historic original first firehouse in downtown Pleasanton, will host recording artist Wesla Whitfield in a Valentine eve show, Isn’t It Romantic? on Sunday, February 13, 2011 for a one-time-only 2:00 p.m. matinee.

Whitfield will sing her repertoire from the Great American Songbook, which include selections from her recordings on the HighNote Records label by composers Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, and more.  With awards and accolades that have followed her from New York to Washington, D.C. to Seattle, Wash., Whitfield has been called “The Best Cabaret Singer in the World”.

Tickets are Adult-$15, $20 and $25; Child-$15 and Senior-$22. They may be purchased online at www.firehousearts.org up to three hours prior to the performance, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or in person at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office.

Pans on Fire, a gourmet cookware retail store, located in historic downtown Pleasanton will offer special hands on Valentine’s Day culinary experiences. Tickets and more information about any Pans on Fire classes

Dinner & a Movie: Chocolat, Saturday, February 12 at 5 p.m.  The perfect evening for the chocolate lover! Learn to prepare a chocolate-themed dinner paired with complimenting chocolate-friendly wines. After the recipes are prepared, settle in and enjoy your delicious meal with the feature film.

Valentine’s Day Brunch, Sunday, February 13 at 11 a.m. Treat your sweetheart to the ultimate Valentine’s Day brunch with a twist. Join Pans on Fire in their kitchen for a guided cooking session with brunch favorites like a French omelet, decadent pastries and scrumptious side dishes accompanied by sinful hot chocolate and champagne cocktail.

Snuggle in with your sweetie at one of the 38 hotels in Tri-Valley

Snuggle in With Your Sweetie for the Night

The Doubletree Hotel Livermore, in the heart of Livermore Wine Country, is offering an exclusive Sweet Romance Getaway package for Valentine’s Day starting at $115 per night.  Sweet Romance Getaway includes: Deluxe Accommodations – relaxation and indulgence for two, Sparkling wine – in-room on arrival*, Full breakfast – in-room (where applicable) or in the hotel restaurant. Come early, stay late – simply request early check-in or late check-out (based on availability)

The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Livermore Wine Country, offers The Romantic California Wine Country Getaway Package which includes: one night stay in a King or Double Queen studio suite, 1 bottle of fine Livermore Valley wine, Complimentary appetizer at Zephyr Grill & Bar in Downtown Livermore, Downtown Guest Pass with discounts at participating businesses, Wine tasting card for complimentary or discounted wine tastings at Livermore Valley wineries, Complimentary full hot buffet breakfast and access to the indoor whirlpool, outdoor heated pool, and full cardiovascular fitness center. $115 (Friday or Saturday) or $145 (Sunday-Thursday) +tax

The Hilton Pleasanton at The Club Valentines Day Package includes Four course dinner for two in Player’s Restaurant,  One night guestroom accommodations, Special in-room amenities, Full American breakfast for two starting at $149

For More Valentines Day Activities and Specials visit our website. And our friends at  Diablo Magazine’s February issue offers some great ideas for spending you Valentines Day in Tri-Valley!

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Underdog Wine Bar, Livermore, California.

Underdog Wine Bar in Livermore offers an extensive selection of local and international wines, paired with a complimenting menu of small plates.

Tri-Valley, California and Livermore Valley wine country welcomes a trendy, urban-style wine bar to the scene this summer. Nestled among the rolling hills and situated between the vines at Concannon Vineyard,

Underdog Wine Bar offers patrons something decidedly new and refreshing.

Underdog Wine Bar makes its official debut Saturday, August 14 with a grand opening celebration that will include live music, flavorful small bites from chef Barbara Llewellyn and wine tasting. The event is open to the public and runs from noon to 8 p.m.

An example of the innovative and resonably priced food & wine pairings at Underdog Wine Bar.

Regular offerings at Underdog Wine Bar include an extensive list of local and international wine and a menu of inspired seasonal small plates carefully designed to compliment the wines available by the two-ounce pour, six-ounce glass, flight or bottle.

The shaded outdoor terrace has seating for more than sixty and is the perfect place to spend a warm afternoon enjoying views of the vines, surrounding hills and the historic victorian house on the property. Inside, the wine bar has intimate tables as well as an open common space.

Covered Patio at Underdog Wine Bar, Livermore, CA.

The covered patio offers an inviting lounge feel perfect for spending an afternoon among the vines at Concannon.

Following the grand opening celebration, Underdog Wine Bar is planning ongoing special events,  including music on Friday nights, enticing discounts and offers as well as a monthly spotlight on an individual winery where people can learn and converse with local and international vintners.

For more information about the grand opening and Underdog Wine Bar, visit the website underdogwinebar.com.

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Palm Event Center's braised lamb served on an Arabian pita

The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association’s annual Taste of Terroir was held last night at the Palm Event Center. 16 of the area’s top wineries and restaurants teamed up to create special food and wine pairings for more than 400 attendees and judges, who awarded winery and restaurant teams for standout pairings.

Special to this year’s event, acclaimed travel author, Thomas C. Wilmer, held a signing for his latest travel guide, The Wine Seeker’s Guide to Livermore Valley.

Top wine critics, Leslie Sbrocco, Jessica Yadegaran and W. Blake Gray served as judges for this year’s event and named winners in several categories. Guests also voiced their opinion in the People’s Choice competition.

Casa Real's Rabbit Terrine, winner of two awards

And the winners from 2010 Taste of Terroir are…

Best Expression of Local Ingredients
Wente Vineyards & The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

2007 Nth Degree Syrah, Livermore Valley and Nicolau Farms (Manteca) Goat Cheese Panacotta with Black Pepper, Estate Garden Smoked Tomato Jam, Tiny Purple Basil

A sampling of the desserts paired with Livermore Valley Ports

Judges’ Best

Occasio Winery & Izzy’s Steak & Chops

2008 Petite Sirah, Del Arroyo Vineyard, Livermore Valley and Petite Syrah marinated skirt steak served with ragu and bourbon yams

The big winner of the night with the awards for Most Innovative and People’s Choice

Ruby Hill Winery & Casa Real at Ruby Hill:

2008 Estate Reserve Zinfandel, Peacock Patch, Livermore and rabbit terrine inlaid with dried cherry and pistachio, garnished with locally grown herbs and cherry demi-glace jam on butter toasted challah with Estate Reserve Zinfandel-Infused Mustard

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Joseph Salazar and Ashley Wickett as Romeo & Juliet at Concannon Vineyard.

Joseph Salazar and Ashley Wickett as Romeo & Juliet at Concannon Vineyard.

The Livermore Shakespeare Festival celebrates a tenth season with a production of the classic, Romeo & Juliet and The Real Thing, a play by critically acclaimed author of Shakespeare in Love, Tom Stoppard. Shows take place among the vines at Concannon Vineyard, with the historic house as the set.

On the expansive lawn area or the bistro tables under an arbor of Chardonnay vines, the grounds at Concannon are the perfect place to pack a picnic and enjoy a bottle of wine as sun sets in the Tri-Valley. The Concannon tasting room is open late on performance days, so come early and purchase a bottle to share before or during the performance.

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m., when the sun is setting in the west.  At times, the beauty of the surroundings eclipses the performers, and at other times, nature seems to perfectly compliment the play.  As Juliet cries out “Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo” in the famous balcony scene, the sunset has lit her hair and skin so perfectly, the audience genuinely believes Romeo’s fascination with her beauty.

Historical Concannon House

The historical Concannon house provides a beautiful stage for the outdoor performance in the vineyards.

The warm afternoon turns chilly as the sun disappears – so be sure to bring a blanket or jacket for the 2nd act.

For Shakespeare fans coming from out of town, take advantage of the ‘Shakespeare in Love’ package that includes hotel accommodations, tickets to the play, a gourmet catered picnic and wine. 

The Livermore Shakespeare Festival performances in the vineyard are playing select dates now through August 8.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Irish style at Concannon Vineyards Founder’s Day 2010 Celebration!  The event is in honor of  founder James Concannon’s birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1847.  The event will feature music on the lawn featuring The Cooltones, a Big Band Jazz from the San Francisco Bay Area! The show starts at 1:30 PM.  Other fun festivities include gourmet picnic fare for purchase by Barbara Llewellyn Catering and  a Bottle Signing from 11:00AM-1:00PM with 3rd and 4th Generation Vintners Jim and John Concannon.

With a legacy for excellence dating back to 1883, Concannon Vineyard is known worldwide for its award-winning wines, as well as its historic role in the wine industry. Irish immigrant JamesConcannon was drawn to the gravelly soil of Livermore more than a century and a quarter ago. A true pioneer, he crossed the country in a covered wagon and settled his family first in Oregon, then later in California. James Concannon planted the country’s first Petit Sirah vines in 1911 and for half a century the grapes were used primarily for blending. At their customers’ insistence, the winery bottled its first Petit Sirah in 1964 and continues to focus on this popular varietal today.

In 2009, the winery renovated their  tasting room.  The dramatically remodeled tasting room has been enlarged (nearly doubling capacity)
to make it more comfortable for guests who can also meander outside to sip wine al fresco on the brand new patio while listening to the sounds of the outdoor fountain created from historic Livermore stamped brick. A park-like setting and fresh flowers make this a welcome respite especially on a sunny day.  Additionally, the winery is the official site of the summertime Livermore Shakespeare Festival, which will be featuring the classic “Romeo & Juliet” in 2010.

Concannon Founder’s Day Celebration 2010

Admission:  Free

March 13, 2010, 11:00AM-4:30PM


Concannon Vineyard is located at 4590 Tesla Road in Livermore, California.

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