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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!


Thursday, July 26th


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 

Friday, July 27th


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.

Cost: $115


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. 

Cost: $50


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!

Cost: $100


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.

Cost: $45

Saturday, July 28th


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!

Cost: $30 

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.

Cost: $45


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. 

Cost: $55


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.

Cost: $40


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!

Cost: $115

Sunday, July 29th


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.

Cost: $75

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.

Cost: $65


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.

Cost: $55

Casa Real
410 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566

  • Taste Our Terroir

Wente Vineyards
5050 Arroyo Road, 
Livermore, CA 94550

  • Wente Lunch in the Garden

Mitchell Katz Winery
2481 Buena Vista Ave, Livermore, CA 94550

  • Cure it & Pair it with Chef Chad Walsh


Rios Lovell Estate Winery
6500 Tesla Rd, Livermore, CA 94550

  • A Well Aged Evening


Retzlaff Winery
1356 S Livermore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550

  • Yoga in the Vineyard

el Sol Winery
8626 Lupin Way, Livermore, CA 94550

Concannon Winery
4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore, CA

  • Concannon Vineyard's 135th Anniversary Landmark Tour

Eckert Estate Winery
5963 Graham Court, Suite D, Livermore, CA 94550

  • From Past to Present: A Spirits Tasting

Darcie Kent Winery
7000 Tesla Rd, Livermore, CA 94550

  • Sunset Lobster Dinner

Murrieta's Well
3005 Mines Rd, Livermore, CA 94550

Steven Kent Winery
5443 Tesla Rd, Livermore, CA 94550

  • Microclimate Tasting of Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 

Garré Vineyard & Winery
7986 Tesla Rd, Livermore, CA 94550

  • A Little Taste of Italy

Grand prize winner will receive a 2-night stay at
Hawthorn Suites, complimentary wine tastings at 40+ wineries for two on Saturday, Sunday, and through 2018, and two tickets to Livermore Shakespeare “The Winter’s Tale” on Friday July 27th, plus more!