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Home to the beautiful cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon, Tri-Valley is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Visit Tri-Valley and discover endless possibilities. http://www.visittrivalley.com.


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Escape to Tri-Valley’s renowned Livermore Valley wine country for an overnight performing arts experience! With top-tier tickets, fine dining, overnight accommodations and other amenities, the Livermore Valley Wine Country Escape package is ideal for visitors in search of an enjoyable getaway.

The new package is available for ten upcoming performances at the Bankhead Theater including dance, theater and comedy, as well as a broad range of music from the crystalline voices of Chanticleer and rich soul vocals of Lizz Wright, to the festive sounds of Mariachi Sol de Mexico and infectious country rock of Pure Prairie League.


The Wine Country Escape combines a pair of tickets for the performance, a gourmet three-course dinner for two at Sanctuary Ultra Lounge across from the theater with appetizer, salad, entree and a glass of Livermore wine, and an overnight stay (double occupancy) at the nearby Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham. A complimentary bottle of award-winning Livermore Valley wine, a wine tasting card for use at local wineries, and a Livermore Downtown Guest Pass for discounts at participating businesses are also included.

A $370 value, the two-person Livermore Valley Wine Country Escape is available on a limited basis for the unbeatable price of $259.

This special package is offered in conjunction with several upcoming performances at the Bankhead Theater:
Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Contemporary Dance with Global Artistry & Vision
Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Pure Prairie League – One of Country-Rock’s Pioneering Forces
Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Chanticleer “Love Story” – A Glorious Evening of Sheer Vocal Perfection
Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Buffalo Rome Rodeo Weekend – Country Western Music with a West Coast Feel
Friday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.

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Conveniently located 33 miles from San Francisco, Tri-Valley’s Livermore Valley Wine Country has a long history of winemaking tradition and more than 50 wineries.

For an affordable weekend adventure, visit Tri-Valley and the cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon. Check out our website for info on attractions, places to stay, events and exclusive deals!

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Several new and long-standing events will delight visitors and locals across the Tri-Valley this year. The Irish spirit will be celebrated throughout the region’s downtowns and wine country. Here are some highlights of the exciting festivities:

ImageThe City of Dublin hosts its 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 in the Civic Plaza. This admission-free event is perfect for the entire family. The festival promises an authentic Irish experience with three stages of entertainment, an Irish tea cottage, carnival rides, crafts and more. The Dublin Lions Club Parade kicks off Saturday at 9:30 am and the Shamrock 5k is Sunday morning. 


Downtown Pleasanton gets the holiday started early with the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl on Friday, March 16. Enjoy local craft beer and appetizer tastings in at several downtown Pleasanton businesses. Tickets are available online and at several downtown locations for $30 pre-sale and $35 at the door. The last downtown brew crawl sold out in advance, so get your tickets quickly!

Livermore Valley wine country gets in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with several wineries holding special events. Gold on Greenville Road invites you to taste the Gold Medal-winning wines from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition at participating wineries on Greenville Road. Bent Creek Winery will showcase its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Zinfandel Port, Charles R Vineyards highlights its 2009 Zinfandel, McGrail Vineyards & Winery for its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Wood Family Vineyards showcases its 2009 Zinfandel. This is an admission-free event, but a $5 tasting fee applies at each location.


Cedar Mountain Winery and Eagle Ridge Vineyard will also have special Irish-themed events and wine pairings during the weekend.

For a complete list of St. Patrick’s Day events in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville visit the CVB event calendar. Make it a St. Patrick’s Day weekend getaway and book an overnight stay at one of Tri-Valley’s hotels.

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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.


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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Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week 2012 gets under way this weekend, starting with a Kick Off Party at Underdog Wine Bar at Concannon Vineyard on Friday, January 20.

Partygoers will be treated to an intimate event with live entertainment, food and wine. Acclaimed Bay Area chef, Barbara Llewellyn, has a tempting menu of decadent hor d’oeuvres, delicious dessert bites, and seasonal small plates made from local produce. Award-winning wine and a bubbly toast make for a perfect evening in Livermore Valley wine country evening.

Tickets are available online or by calling 925-583-1581. Use code UWBPARTY for an exclusive $20 discount on ticket prices.

The culinary celebration of the region doesn’t stop there. Enjoy exclusive prices on pre fixe menus all week long at thirty participating restaurants from Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

From upscale wine country restaurants to charming downtown cafés and innovative local favorites, visitors to Tri-Valley can explore the region’s diverse culinary offerings without breaking the bank during Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week. The eight-day celebration provides food lovers the opportunity to dine at Tri-Valley’s vibrant and distinctive eateries for a fraction of the normal expense.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week is Saturday, January 21- Sunday, January 29, 2012. Thirty restaurants throughout the region are participating with $15 2-course lunches and 3-course dinners for $20-30. The challenging part will be deciding which restaurants to visit!

Here’s a current list of participating restaurants.

Anarkalee Restaurant, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner   
Baci Bistro & Bar, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner
Blue Agave Club, Pleasanton
$30 Dinner 
Cafe Main, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner For Two  
Campo di Bocce, Livermore
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner 
Chicago’s Metropolitan Deli, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner
Coco Cabana, Dublin
$30 Dinner 
Eddie Papa’s American Hangout, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner 
El Charro Mexican Food & Cantina, Livermore
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner For Two 
El Nido Mexican Restaurant, Danville
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner  
Esin Restaurant & Bar, Danville
$30 Dinner    
Faz Restaurant, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner  
Garre Vineyard and WInery, Livermore
$15 Lunch 
Great American Grill, Livermore
$15 Lunch 
The Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch  
The Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill, San Ramon
$15 Lunch 
Maria Maria, Danville
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner 
McNamara’s Steak and Chop House, Dublin
$30 Dinner 
Milano Joe’s Cucina Italiana, Livermore
$30 Dinner 
Nonni’s Bistro, Pleasanton
$30 Dinner
Porter’s Restaurant at Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Livermore
$15 Lunch 
Patrick David’s – An American Bistro, Danville
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner   
Norm’s Place, Danville
$15 Lunch 
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner  
Sanctuary Ultra Lounge & Restaurant, Livermore
$20 Dinner 
Stixx and Steaks, San Ramon
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner 
Stomp! Wine Lounge & Restaurant, Danville
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner  
Tomo Sushi Bar & Grill, Pleasanton
$20 Dinner  
Underdog Wine Bar, Livermore
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner  
Yiping Restaurant, San Ramon
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner   

Check out the Tri-Valley CVB website for a sneak peak at the tempting menu selections to look forward to.

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Faz- Pleasanton showcases simply elegant Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh, quality ingredients. Set in a unique dining room with redwood grove in the heart of the restaurant, a wood burning oven produces fragrant pizzas and flatbreads.

Chef Faz Poursohi is sharing the recipe for his delicious Grilled Avocado with Jumbo Prawns, which will be featured on the restaurant’s upcoming Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week menu.

grilled avocado jumbo prawn

Chef Faz Poursohi's Grilled Avocado with Jumbo Prawns

Chef Faz Poursohi’s Grilled Avocado with Jumbo Prawns

Serves 4 people

Chipotle Aioli – filling for center of grilled avocado half

Blend in small blender or hand held emulsion blender

2 cups mayonaise                                                                               

1 small green onion diced fine                                         

8 sprigs cilantro – leaves only – chopped                                  

2 Tbls or ¾ oz chipotle pepper juice or pepper             

¼ cup Lemon Juice                                                                 

1 small clove garlic                                                           

Touch of salt and pepper                                                                     

Chili Lime Vinaigrette – dressing for baby greens

1 cup orange juice

½ cup raspberry vinegar

Juice of 2 limes

1 tablespoon sugar or more depending on tartness

1 cup corn oil

pinch of crushed dry chilies

pinch of salt & pepper

Grilled Avocado

2 ripe avocados skin on cut in half

salt and pepper


Oil fruit side – Grill over hot coals or on grill pan, fruit side down, until nice grill marks appear.  Turn over and grill skin side.

Baby Greens and Mango

Toss 4 cups of baby greens with chili lime vinaigrette. Divide onto 4 plates

Dice 1 ripe mango 

Jumbo Prawns (butterflied)

Oil prawns slightly and grill over hot coals or use grill pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place grilled avocado half on tossed dressed salad greens, sprinkle with diced mango and place two grilled prawns opposite avocado.  Fill center of avocado half with 1 tablespoon of chipotle aioli. Garnish with wedge of lime.

More than 30 restaurants will showcase local ingredients and signature dishes at Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, happening January 21- 29, 2012. A complete list of participating restaurants and pre fixe menu details is available online.

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