Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration - Monday Events

The Livermore Valley Wine Country’s Labor Day Harvest Wine Celebration really kicks in on Monday, September 6, when each of the wineries open their doors for some special events. This is your opportunity to meet the winemakers and sample the great wines found in this local region.
Here is just a sampling of the unique experiences Harvest Wine Celebrants will explore on Monday.

  • Wente Vineyards - Winery Tour by Karl Wente, 5th Generation Winemaker 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. space is limited. Sign up in Wente Tasting Room on Tesla Road.
  • Thomas Coyne Winery - Contra Costa Home Winemakers will discuss and demonstrate home winemaking.
  • Steven Kent Winery & La Rochelle Winery- Meet the winemakers: Steven Kent Mirassou and Tom Stutz. Wine and cheese Pairing in Barrel Room $5.
  • McGrail Vineyards & Winery - The Art of Music and Wine: meet winemaker, Mark Clarin and hear his band the Bacchus Brothers.
  • Fenestra Winery - Anatomy of the Grape: discussion and evaluation of different wine grapes
  • Garre Vineyard & Winery - Cooking demonstration by Cafe Garre Executive Chef Ty Turner at 2 p.m.
  • Cuda Ridge Wines - Blend your own Bordeaux-style varietals with winemaker Larry Dino.
  • Deer Ridge Vineyards - Meet Master Gardener Sharon Wentz and get your gardening questions answered. Pick your own lavender.
  • Eckert Estate Winery - Bottle your own Harvest Cuvee: bottles, labels and corks provided, $7 per bottle.
  • Chouinard Vineyards - Home winemaking and beer making equipment from Brewmaster in San Leandro. Wine and food pairings.
  • Crooked Vine Winery - Meet winemaker Jaime Dowell for a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery.
  • Big White House & John Evan Cellars - Aroma Bar: discover the aromas of different wine varietals. Meet and adopt dogs from local animal shelter.
  • Charles R Vineyards - Count the Corks Game: closest guess wins Charles R T-shirt.
And this is just a sample. There are 41 wineries to visit and they are all there to show you what this region can offer.

Tickets are available online at and at all participating Livermore Valley wineries, the Wine Steward in Pleasanton, First Street Wine Company in Livermore and Bay Area Safeway stores. Ticket “will call” arrangements vary by purchase method. Please visit for details.

The flexible ticket structure and pricing for 2010 includes:
  • Two-day (Sunday/Monday) ticket: $55 in advance, $65 at the event
  • Sunday-only ticket: $45 in advance, $50 at the event
  • Monday-only ticket: $40 in advance, $45 at the event
  • Non-drinking ticket: $10 (valid both days)
The Harvest Wine Celebration is a fundraiser for the LVWA. During the event, participating wineries are open only to ticket holders with event wristbands. No outside food is allowed and the event is not intended for children. For more information, please visit or call 925-447-WINE.
More information about the Harvest Wine Festival - Part 1

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