Livermore Valley’s 3rd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

If you’re a Livermore Valley homeowner, you know that Livermore Valley is one of California’s oldest wine regions. Whether you currently live here or are a prospective home buyer scoping out the area, you won’t want to miss this event. There are over 40 wineries in Livermore Valley, and many of them participate in Livermore Valley’s Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend. The event is coming up on March 19th and 20th, 2011.

Wine enthusiasts from all over California come to Livermore Valley to taste wines straight from the barrel at this annual event. Wineries throughout Livermore Valley participate, offering samples of their wines that haven’t been bottled yet, or, “futures.” At many of the wineries, futures can be purchased for a discount of up to 30% off. With so many wineries participating, there are a lot of specials on wine and pairings you won’t want to miss. It would be challenging to hit them all, so I’ve created a list of some of the participants and their specials so you can pick and choose your plan for the weekend.

La Rochelle Winery
La Rochelle 2009 Pinot Meunier. SUNDAY: Steven Kent, 08 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, artisan cheeses available for purchase.

Mitchell Katz Winery
Syrah, 2009 Crackerbox Sangiovese, Grimes Vines Sangiovese, 2009 Walker Cabernet Sauvignon, $5 Pork Sliders for sale.

Cuda Ridge Wines

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Merlot, 2009 Petite Verdot, Futures: 20% off case, 30% off case (club members) 10% off 3 bottles or more, Live music, artisan cheese and fruit pairing, art and craft vendors.

Wood Family Vineyards
2009 Zinfandel, Bart’s Blazin’ Q sampling to pair with wine.

Eagle Ridge Vineyard
2007 Petite Sirah & 2008 Zinfandel, BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches, 20% all sales & futures

McGrail Vineyards and Winery
Red Blend of Casa de Vinas Petite Sirah, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% off purchases, food for sale.

John Evan & Big White House Cellars
2008 10-Syrah, 2009 Sangiovese, 2009 Roussanne, 2009 Lapsus, Special $99 bottle your own case, food for sale.

Fenestra Winery
2010 Pinot Gris, 2009 Tempranillo, Special pricing on 2008 Malbec, 2008 Petite Verdot and the 2008 Cab Franc, BBQ sandwiches for sale.

Les Chenes Estate Vineyards
2009 Estate Syrah in French and American barrels, bruchetta pairing with barrel sample, additional food pairings with other wines.

This is going to be a great weekend celebrating what Livermore Valley is known for. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance for Barrel Weekend to take advantage of the special rate. If you’re thinking about moving to Livermore Valley, this will be a good weekend to experience some of what the area has to offer. Please contact me so we can find your next home in Livermore Valley!

John Kurtzer
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