At last year’s Wine Tourism Conference in Portland, Oregon, I connected with the director of Visit Tri-Valley in an elevator at the host hotel, of all places, and she invited me to visit the area. Many months later, I am honored to be included as a media guest at Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir this weekend. Taste Our Terroir begins Thursday, July 24 and goes through Sunday, July 27. Tickets for events with availability may be purchased through links on this webpage. My itinerary includes a lunch at First Street Alehouse, dinner and brewery hopping on Saturday night to be determined, and lunch and tasting at Garré Winery, as well as the following key wine events.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
SECRETS OF A SOMMELIER: THE ART OF BLIND TASTING 1:30PM – 3:30PM at Double Barrel Wine Bar
If you’ve always been a little mystified by how professionals describe and compare wines, you are not alone. Join sommelier Gerald Gilligan from Double Barrel Wine Bar, in this interactive introduction to blind tasting. You will take a step-by-step sensory journey through six world class grape varietals. Discover the clues that each wine holds to its true identity. By the end of the seminar you will have the confidence and the opportunity to compete in a blind tasting competition.
BLENDING WITH WINEMAKERS STUDIO 4PM – 6PM at The Winemakers Studio at Wente Vineyards
Uncork your inner winemaker at The Winemakers Studio at Wente Vineyards. In this session, you’ll taste, evaluate, and blend estate blocks of wine to create your very own bottle of wine. Imagine having the finest wines, finest barrels and all the tools you need to create an amazing wine you can keep to sip with a delicious dinner or give away as a special gift.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
FROM VINE TO GLASS: THROUGH THE WINEMAKER’S EYES 11AM – 1PM at McGrail Vineyards and Winery
Whether you are a wine enthusiast or an aspiring winemaker, join us to learn the winemaking process from the vine to your glass. Winemaker, Mark Clarin, will lead you on a tour from the estate vineyard to the crush pad and into the barrel room for an educational tour and tasting. Sip award-winning Cabernets and learn the process involved in creating these fine wines.
Hope to see you in Livermore Valley this weekend!