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The Independent

June 19, 2019

Wine & Wineries

Livermore Sweeps State Fair Competition

The California State Fair's Commercial Wine Competition is a big one, and happens to be the longest standing wine competition in the Golden state, having originated in 1855. It is the only competition of its type to partition California into 11 wine regions and to recognize the best wines in each region. It also recognizes the best of varietals and styles.

Posted: June 13, 2019
Occasio Winery Rolls Out New Gin, Wines

John Kinney and Dave Hendrickson have been hard at work perfecting the three new gins they are set to bottle, now that they have label approval on two out of the three. “Learning the TTB rules for distillates takes a little navigating,” admits Kinney. “We’ve learned a lot about how to do spirit labels. Wine labels are pretty much interchangeable between front and back, but spirits rules are very strict.” They’ve got special bottles with glass stoppers lined up for silkscreening and are pretty excited about the contents.

Posted: June 06, 2019
Alameda Fair Results, Wine & Wags, and Other Upcoming Events

Wineries are planning for warmer days and evenings ahead. Hopefully, the weather for Wine & Wags, set for Sunday, June 2, proves both human and pooch-friendly. Meanwhile, there are more Golds to celebrate in Livermore.

Posted: May 30, 2019
Thursday 05/30/2019
Cowhorns and Planetary Cycles: Biodynamics Grows on You

Suspend disbelief momentarily, and imagine you are part of something much larger and much more important than whatever you presently believe is your role in life. Perhaps you can set aside your smartphone or other informing device of choice, walk outside, take a deep breath and let the spirit of the earth become your muse for a moment. You are just another life form on this planet, and yet, you are the only one over which you have any control. What you do with your own life force makes an enormous difference, because the choices you make impact an entire ecosystem. Acting as an informed participant in the ecosystem represents the most important way we can all effect positive change in what seems like a hopeless situation.

Posted: May 30, 2019
New Wine Sales Service Class Raises the Bar for Tasting Room Talent

A collaborative class sponsored by Friends of Open Space and Vineyards (FOV) with Las Positas College’s Community Education program is the first step in turning community wine enthusiasts into tasting room sales stars.

Posted: May 30, 2019
Thursday 05/23/2019
Art in the Vineyard Set at Wente Vineyards

47th Annual Art in the Vineyard will be held at Wente Vineyard Estate Winery on Sun., May 26 starting at 11 a.m.

Posted: May 23, 2019
Thursday 05/16/2019
Wente Vineyards Releases First of Art Series

Wente Vineyards has released the first of its 2017 Artist Series red blends featuring original art by local Bay Area Artist, Lisa Elley.

Posted: May 16, 2019
Thursday 05/09/2019
Pleasanton Wine Stroll Takes Place Saturday

Twenty-five downtown locations will become tasting rooms this Saturday, May 11th from 5-8 pm for Pleasanton’s Annual Wine Stroll. Spend a beautiful evening in downtown Pleasanton sampling wine and tasty bites while musicians perform live music throughout Main Street.

Posted: May 09, 2019
Thursday 05/02/2019
Are You Ready for May in Wine Country?

Ready or not, we’ve run out of April, and May is already upon us. Which means the school year is winding down, and thoughts are turning to summer. Wait…Summer? Not so fast. There’s still plenty of spring left in our step. Before all the wildflowers are spent and the hills begin fading to tan, it might be good to get out and smell the pollen. Mother’s Day is nigh, so it’s time to make plans. Meanwhile, don’t skip having some fun this weekend. There’s plenty going on around the Valley for May 4 and 5.

Posted: May 02, 2019
Argentinian Winemaker Partners with Wente

Wente Family Estates, the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country, has announced a partnership with Bodega Cuarto Dominio of Argentina. Wente will be the designated US importer, sales and marketing agent for Bodega Cuarto Dominio of Argentina. Bodega Cuarto Dominio, born from two fourth-generation families working in viticulture and winemaking for over 110 years, produces distinctive terroir-driven wines from their historic vineyards in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina.

Posted: May 02, 2019
Thursday 04/25/2019
Behind the Winning Wines of Uncorked 2019

Winemakers who made the winning wines of Tri-Valley Conservancy's (TVC) Livermore Uncorked for 2019 offered some highlights of their process.

Posted: April 25, 2019

Tri-Valley Vineyard Directory

3 STEVES WINERY, 5700 Greenville Road, Livermore. Also tasting, 21 S. Livermore Ave. Tasting hours Thur.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 997-7736. 3steveswinery.com.

Family Night at the Livermore Rodeo

Family Night at the rodeo included activities such as local team roping and wild cow milking, along with a performance by the Diablo Ladies Drill Team. ​(Photos – Doug Jorgensen)