Livermore Wine Region Gears Up for Taste Our Terroir | New


Tickets are still available for several of the festivities, but four have already sold out, including “Stop and Smell the Rosés”, “Taste the Best Cabernet Vintage in Decades”, “Secrets of a Sommelier” and the latest event of the weekend, “Sweet treats, port and chocolate tasting.

Thursday July 14

* Wine and Food Pairing Competition. 6pm-9pm (VIP ticket 5pm)

Livermore Valley wineries and their local restaurant chef partners will compete for prizes at a blind tasting overseen by Bay Area food and wine judges at Garré Vineyard & Winery. Guests will have the opportunity to be part of the competition by voting in the People’s Choice category for the top team. A silent auction will feature the items available for auction. $95 ($135 VIP)

For the food and wine pairing competition, 11 wineries team up with local restaurant chefs to create signature bites to pair with the wines. (Photo added).

friday july 15

* The hills are alive… 9am-11am

A journey through the vineyards of Murrieta’s Well takes participants on a hike with views of the Livermore Valley while learning about the winery’s “small batch” approach to viticulture. After the hike, handcrafted wines and small bites from the winery’s culinary team will be served. $70

* Cheese and wine pairing. noon-2 p.m.

Cheesemaker Brandon Wood of The Cheese Parlor will guide an artisan cheese and local wine pairing at Fenestra Winery, sharing behind-the-scenes insights into the cheese-making and aging process. The wines featured are from Fenestra Winery, Garré Vineyard & Winery and Del Valle Winery. $55

* Cabernet Franc retrospective. 4-6 p.m.

Steven Kent Mirassou and the Lineage Wine Collection winemaking team will discuss all things Cabernet Franc. Guests can learn about the history of this varietal while tasting samples from native France as well as Cabernet Franc wines from the Livermore Valley at The Cellar at The Lineage Wine Collection. $65

* Collective dinner of the winemakers of Livermore Valley Vintners. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Set in an olive grove at the Purple Orchid Inn, this four-course farm-to-table dinner from On the Vine Catering will be paired with 2019 vintage wines from the Livermore Valley Vintners’ Collective. Hosted by Fenestra Winery, John Evan Cellars, Las Positas Vineyards, Page Mill Winery and Wood Family Vineyards. $175

Saturday July 16

* Pedego Wine Trail. 9:30am-4:30pm

A day of biking through four wineries with snacks, lunch, tastings and educational tours. Stops include Page Mill Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Big White House, and Wood Family Vineyards with the downtown trailhead at Pedego Electric Bikes. $220

* Stop and smell the rosés at the Rosa Fierro cellars. 11am-1pm

Rosa Fierro of Rosa Fierro Cellars, Alexandra Henkelman of Omega Road Winery, Beth Refsnider of The Lineage Collection and Samantha Bunegin of Las Positas Vineyards lead a tasting and discussion on each of their wines. Light snacks will be provided by Charming Fig Catering. Exhausted.

* Taste the best cabernet vintage in decades at McGrail Vineyards. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Winemakers from Cellar 13, Cuda Ridge Winery, Darcie Kent Estate Winery, McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Wente Vineyards and The Lineage Collection are hosting a 2017 Livermore Valley Cabernet Collective Wine Tasting. Exhausted.

* Secrets of a sommelier at the Concannon vineyard. 4-6 p.m.

Sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman will unlock the secrets of all things wine, where guests will learn how to experience each bottle, including the right serving temperature, how to find the perfect glass and more. Cheese pairings with cheese master Eagle Harper will also be available. Exhausted.

Sunday July 17

* Yoga and Rosé at the Concannon Vineyard. 9am-11am

Certified yoga instructor Lisa Stanford will lead a class on the lawn outside the Victorian house in Concannon Vineyard. The class will be followed by a glass of rosé. $35

“Terroir” refers to the full natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as soil, topography and climate. (Photo added).

* Sensory show at Nottingham Cellars. 1-2:30 p.m.

Attendees will meet sommelier Jeremy Troupe-Masi in a 16-foot sensory bar to look, smell, touch and taste through more than 40 flavors and aromas. The wines will be paired with cheeses selected by local cheesemaker Brandon Wood of The Cheese Parlor. $75

* Sweet endings, port and chocolate tasting. 3pm-5pm

At the final event of the Taste Our Terroir weekend, guests will learn how Port is made. Cedar Mountain winemaker Earl Ault will serve white and red ports paired with a variety of chocolates. Exhausted.

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