Barrel Tasting Weekend

Barrel Tasting WeekendThe fourth annual Barrel Tasting Weekend in Livermore Valley wine country will be held March 31st and April 1st. Thirty-five wineries, located less than an hour from San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, will offer samples direct from their barrels from noon to 4:30 each day. Guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase many of the wines in barrel at a discount, a practice known as buying “futures.” Most winemakers will be present to personally pour and discuss their young wines and offer delicious pairings with gourmet appetizers.

Barrel Tasting WeekendBarrel Tasting Weekend provides wine enthusiasts of all experience levels with a fun “snapshot” of how wine evolves from grape to glass. Guests with special event wristbands and official glasses will receive at least one barrel sample at each participating winery. Many will give discounts on wine purchases to ticket holders only.

Special Events

Rios-Lovell Estate Winery: Taste barrel samples of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and several ports. 20% off wine purchases. Meet the winemaker both days 12-4:30pm.

Darcie Kent Vineyards: Taste barrel samples of 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Madden Ranch). 25% off bottles for club members, 15% off bottles for non-members. Live music 1-4pm and food demonstrations at 12:30pm and 2pm both days. Food available for sale at Underdog Wine Bar.

Charles R Vineyards: Compare 2010 Petite Sirah from the barrel with 2008 Petite Sirah in the bottle. 20% discount on two or more bottles of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Rustic wood oven pizzas by Tutte Al Forno for sale.

Las Positas Vineyards: Barrel taste 2010 and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Charlie Kidd will discuss the varietals that made Livermore Valley famous while walking in the vineyards. In the winery, learn about the growing and production of Petite Sirah. Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen of Livermore will sell exotic foods made from certified organic ingredients with no preservatives.

Advance tickets are $30, available online at www.LVwine.org. Tickets purchased at the event will be $35 per person. Each ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass featuring the Livermore Valley Wine Country logo, two days of barrel tasting at participating wineries, specialactivities, discounts and an event map.

Participating Wineries

Bent Creek Winery

Big White House

Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Cedar Mountain Winery

Charles R Vineyards

Concannon Vineyard

Crooked Vine Winery

Cuda Ridge

Darcie Kent Vineyards

Eagle Ridge Vineyard

Eckert Estate Winery

El Sol Winery

Fenestra Winery

Garre’ Vineyard & Winery

John Evan Cellars

Las Positas Vineyards

Les Chênes Estate Vineyards

Longevity Wines

McGrail Vineyards & Winery

Mitchell Katz Winery

Murrieta’s Well

Nottingham Cellars

Occasio Winery

Page Mill Winery

Retzlaff Estate Winery

Rios-Lovell Estate Winery

Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Winery

Ruby Hill Winery

Stony Ridge Winery

Tamás Estates

The Steven Kent Winery

Wente Vineyards

Westover Winery

White Crane Winery

Wood Family Vineyard

Lindsey Roffey

Lindsey is a general manager of a small family run winery in the Livermore Valley. Currently she poses her CSW, is an Advanced Certified Sommelier through the USSA, and has her advanced certificate through WSET. In her spare time, she continues to study and take wine certification courses.

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