Every year, the Tri-Valley honors its local restaurateurs and winemakers by hosting a four day celebration to showcase the best food and wine pairings this area has to offer. Starting with the main food competition on Thursday night, this delectable occasion includes other food-centric events like yoga in the vineyards, spirit tastings, and a concert in the vineyards.
Check out the lineup below, and enter to win a Livermore Valley Wine Country Weekend Getaway!
TASTE OUR TERROIR MAIN EVENT
CASA REAL | 6-9PM
Livermore Valley’s annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence features winemakers partnered with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors. Meet winemakers and chefs while sampling creations highlighting the valley’s terroir. Wine and food judges participate in a blind tasting and present awards to the winning teams. Be sure to cast your vote for the People’s Choice White and Red pairing awards! A limited number of VIP tickets grant you access to the event an hour early.
Cost: $125 VIP, $95 General Admission
WENTE VINEYARDS (ON ARROYO RD.) | 10:30AM – 1PM
Join Wente Vineyards’ Winemakers and Master Gardener, Diane Dovholuk, as they take you through an experience like none other. Sip on wines created from the very vines ou are standing amoung as you are guided though the vineyards. Afterwards, rest your feet and feast on a delectable meal made with fresh ingredients from Wente Vineyards’ on-site organic herb and vegetable garden.
MITCHELL KATZ WINERY | 12PM-2PM
Meet at us Mitchell Katz winery for a delicious lunch and food curing demo from Chef Chad Welsh. Chef will be performing a live demonstration on how to cure two different varieties of Salmon, paired with Mitchell Katz sauvignon blanc, two chardonnays, and their rosé.
CHANDLER VINEYARDS ESTATE | 6PM-9PM
Join us for a special night at Chandler Vineyards. Experience the terroir of the vineyard through a rare comparative tasting of Page Mill Winery and McGrail Vineyards’ Chandler Vineyard Chardonnay wines.
Winemakers Mark Clarin and Dane Stark will be performing their musical talents throughout the evening. Spend your night wine tasting, dancing, and dining on delicious hors d’oeuvres. You don’t want to miss out on this one of a kind event!
RIOS LOVELL ESTATE WINERY | 7PM-9PM
Guests will begin the evening in the banquet hall of Rios Lovell Estate Winery for a short lecture dedicated to Ports and Port making. The night will continue with Port tastings out of the barrel, with pairings of delicious chocolates and an array of fine cheese.
RETZLAFF VINEYARDS | 10AM – 2PM
Start your morning off with some relaxing Yoga on the lawn at Retzlaff Vineyards. Your yoga instructor will guide you through an hour of stretches, followed by tastings from Retzlaff Vineyards, Page Mill Winery, Nella Terra Cellars, Omega Road Winery and Nottingham Cellars. Make sure to bring your own mat, towel and water!
el Sol Winery | 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Beads 101: Join the Sol Sisters at el Sol Winery for a fun and creative jewelry making experience. All skill levels welcome. Tools and supplies provided for you to make your choice of a lariat, choker, bracelet or earings. “I have enough jewlery,” said no one ever!
After you hand craft your jewelry, enjoy some honey tasting and bee keeping demonstrations with a live, working colony.
CONCANNON VINEYARD | 6PM-9PM
Join Fourth Generation Vintner John Concannon for this fun and fascinating winery experience which includes a walking tour of our stunning 135 year old landmark vineyard estate and unique topiaries that Ernesto, our chief landscaper, has been carefully curating for over 30 years. You will enjoy a special tasting of four of our award-winning Reserve wines while learning why Concannon is a wine pioneer in California Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. Complete this memorable tasting experience in a historic setting where our Estate Sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman will guide you through a featured wine paired with one exquisitely prepared, small bite.
ECKERT ESTATE WINERY & ARTISAN SPIRITS DISTILLERY | 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Take a step back to the 1800’s and experience a live and educational demonstration of the process of spirit distillation. Eckert Estate Winery and Artisan Spirits is inviting you to engage in a historical overview of the distilling process of brandy, gin, absinthe, and liqueur productions. Admire several rustic 100 year old props and tools that were used to produce a number of unique spirits, and partake in three different aroma bars and tastings. Challenge your palate in an new way, and see which spirit is your favorite.
DARCIE KENT VINEYARDS | 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Start your evening by sampling Livermore Valley award winning wines from Darcie Kent Vineyards, McKahn Family Cellars, Fenestra Winery, Wente Vineyard and Page Mill Winery while watching the preparation of a typical East Coast Lobster Bake, hosted by Darcie Kent Vineyards. Put on your lobster bib and dig in!
MURRIETA’S WELL | 10AM – 2PM
Learn about the Bordeaux varietals that surround Murrieta’s Well Estate Vineyard while hiking through the vineyards with winemaker Robbie Meyer. After experiencing some of Livermore Valley’s best views during the vineyard hike, Robbie Meyer will lead you through an array of Estate Grown wines while sampling some small bites from the Murrieta’s Well culinary team.
The Steven Kent Winery | 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Spend the afternoon inside the Reserve Room, as you experience a rare micro climate tasting of cabernet wines. Featured wineries and vineyards are The Steven Kent Winery – Ghielmetti Vineyard, Murrieta’s Well – Sachau Vineyard, Nottingham Cellars – Smith Ranch Vineyard and Mia Nipote – Lencioni Vineyard. Winemakers from each location will discuss the vineyard and its particular climate and what it contributes to the finished product.
GARRÉ VINEYARD & WINERY| 3PM – 5PM
Conclude your weekend with an escape to a little slice of Italy. Garré Vineyard and Winery is hosting an afternoon featuring special Italian Varietal wines, Bocce Ball, and some antipasto provided by Garré Café. You will sample wines from Garre Vineyard, Charles R Vineyards, Rios Lovell Estate Winery, Rodrigue Molyneaux and Mitchell Katz Winery.
The event will be located outside by Garré’s picnic tables and Bocce Ball Courts. This relaxing and unique event is the perfect way to wrap up your weekend of Taste Our Terroir activities.