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Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration

Petite Sirah vineyards at Eagle Ridge Winery
Petite Sirah vineyards at Eagle Ridge Winery
Steve Ferree

Livermore Valley Winegrowers invited wine lovers to Livermore Valley on Sunday, August 31 to celebration the beginning of harvest season with the Harvest Wine Celebration. For the 2014 festival, 37 wineries will host festivities at their tasting rooms across Livermore Valley, and seven more wineries were pouring at either Concannon Vineyard or Wente Vineyards. All locations will offer wine tasting and most also offered fresh food vendors, local artisans and festive music.

Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration
Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration
Steve Ferree

For more than 30 years, people have gathered in historic Livermore Valley wine country over Labor Day Weekend to enjoy the fruit of the vines. This year the official Harvest Wine Celebration was condensed to one day, but must wineries offered wristband holders the same benefits on Monday, September 1.

Wood Family Vineyards welcomed visitors with a chance to sample their 2013 Chardonnay, 2008 Merlot and the 2011 Thomson Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon while listening to music from Patty & Abigail. Various artisans also showed their wares. For an extra fee, visitors were invited into the winery to sample the 2012 Big Wood Zinfandel and the 2012 Cabernet Franc.

Strolling next door visitors had the chance to taste wines from one of the newest wineries in the valley, Caddis Wines. Chris and Courtney Sorenson were there to offer visitors samples of their 2012 Chardonnay, 2010 Better Together Red Blend and the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Chris is the associate winemaker at Occasio and Caddis is his own label. In addition he is an avid fly fisherman and Caddis is names for a fishing fly. He had Certified Casting Instructor, Bob Arwine, there to show visitors the skill of fly casting and also showed us several of his flies. Toree McGee and Ben Cooper were there to provide music entertainment and Krave Jerky provided samples of various jerkies.

The three wineries on Vasco Road, Longevity Wines, Occasio Winery and Nottingham Cellars were pouring several of their great wines. Longevity also had Kens Wood-fired Pizza to pair with their Chardonnay and Cab. Joey T and friends provided the music entertainment. Occasio Winery was sharing their Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah wines. Nottingham Cellars provided their 1846 Chardonnay and 1846 Red Blend, but also, for an extra charge you could taste several of their Vasco Urbano and Nottingham wines.

Dante Robere and Eagle Ridge are currently sharing the Eagle Ridge tasting room. They are located in the far eastern side of Livermore Valley. They were providing a wide selection of wines from both wineries, but the Eagle Ridge Pinot Grigio and Dante Robere Syrah are always favorites. Spanky’s Hot Dogs served up delicious hot dogs and cheese plates. Knack Shack had a great selection of jewelry and handmade scarves.

Cuda Ridge Wines is always popular and today they were sharing their Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They paired with Posada Restaurant again for tapas. Cuda Ridge and Posada won the Most Innovative Pairing at the recent Taste Our Terroir. Music was provided by QuickFixx.

Most of the wineries are continuing to honor the wristbands for Monday and are still providing entertainment along with their great wines.

For more information: Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association