Livermore Valley is one of California’s oldest wine regions and the perfect place to celebrate California Wine Month in September. Located less than an hour from Silicon Valley or San Francisco, this officially designated American Viticultural Area spans seven cities in the East Bay and is home to more than 60 wineries. Discover award-winning wines of boutique producers and industry leaders at the following Livermore Valley wine country events being held during California Wine Month.
32nd Annual Harvest Wine Celebration
Sunday and Monday, September 1 & 2 12-5pm
Over 40 Livermore Valley wineries will welcome ticket holders to the annual Harvest Wine Celebration, celebrating Livermore Valley’s best wine, food, art and music at participating wineries across the region. Bus transportation between wineries will be available on Sunday only. This year’s celebration will include Livermore Valley’s newest wineries: Dante Robere Vineyards, Ehrenberg Cellars and Darcie Kent Vineyards, as well as the new winery and tasting room of Cuda Ridge Wines. Admission price includes a commemorative Livermore Valley wine glass, tastings of at least two wine varietals from each participating winery, official event program and exclusive discounts on wine purchases. Tickets for the 2013 Harvest Wine Celebration tickets are good for admission both days and priced at $55 each when purchased in advance, $65 at the event. Tickets are available at http://www.LVwine.organd at participating Livermore Valley wineries, the Wine Steward in Pleasanton, First Street Wine Company and the Winemaker’s PourHouse in Livermore and at Bay Area Safeway stores.
Evening in the Vineyards
Friday, September 6 & September 20, 6-9pm at Las Positas Vineyards
Enjoy free concerts featuring live music by Joey T. on September 6 and David Correa and Cascada on September 20. Artisan pizzas by On The Vine Catering, beer and Las Positas Vineyards wine available for sale. No outside food or beverages permitted. www.laspositasvineyards.com
REO Speedwagon at Wente Vineyards
Thursday, September 12, 8-10pm, Wente Vineyards
The Concerts at Wente Vineyards, now in the 27th season, is proud to continue their tradition of summer concerts with a stellar line-up of acts for the 2013 season. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster or call 925-456-2424. www.wentevineyards.com
California Wines Road Trip 2013
Saturday, September 21 2-5pm, San Francisco Ferry Building, Grand Hall
Visit six Livermore Valley wineries on your virtual road trip through California's wine regions at this walk-around tasting. Taste more than 70 California wines—and meet the people behind the labels—along with a selection of Californian cheeses, salami and other hors d'oeuvres. Attendance is limited and guests must be 21 years or older. Visit www.discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth for more information. Tickets are $35 each.
Saturday, September 21 12-8pm, Emerald Glen Park, Dublin
An unconventional celebration of the outstanding wine, diverse cuisine and unique creative culture of the Tri-Valley region, Splatter will feature many Livermore Valley wineries. General admission to the festival is free. Entry into the Tasting Pavilion is by Passport only, priced at $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Both free and pay-to-play activities are available at the event. www.dublinsplatter.com
Port & Cigars Under the Stars
Friday, September 2, 6:30-9pm Westover Vineyards, Winery and Event Center
Celebrate Harvest Season with a favorite cigar, the perfect port and relaxed conversation on the patio with friends old and new. Bring your favorite cigar to savor with Westover ports, cheeses, savory snacks and sweets. Barrel tastings, ping pong, pool table and we'll light the fire pit when it gets chilly. Tickets are $25, available in Westover Vineyards' tasting room. Reservations required by September 23rd. www.westoverwinery.com
Saturday, September 28, 7:30pm (grounds open at 6pm), Retzlaff Estate Winery
Enjoy an evening of laughs and wine for a great cause on the lawn at Retzlaff Estate Winery. Scheduled performers are Lynnruth Miller, Aundre the Wonderwoman and Tim Babb. Event benefits Open Heart Kitchen, feeding the hungry of the Tri-Valley. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. www.comedyuncorked.com
Grape Stompin’ and Wine Sippin’ at McGrail
Saturday, September 28, 12-4:30pm, McGrail Vineyards and Winery
Partake in some “I Love Lucy” action by stomping grapes at McGrail. Compete with friends to see who can race to a wine bottle and fill it the fullest in the 30 seconds to win a prize. After stomping, put your purple toes on a t-shirt and decorate your keepsake. Soliel Pizza will sell gourmet wood fired pizzas. Admission is $15 per person. www.mcgrailvineyards.com.
- For more Livermore Valley wine events, visit www.LVwine.org.