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.

2019 Alameda County Wine Competition (154 total entries)

  • Best of Show Red: Stony Ridge, Petite Sirah, 2016
  • Best of Show White: Las Positas Vineyards, Albarino, 2018
  • Best of Show Rose: Darcie Kent Vineyards, Victories Rosé, 2018
  • Best of Show Sparkling: Ehrenberg Cellars, Brut – SCHMIDT
  • Best of Show Dessert: BoaVentura, Deported, 2013

2019 Zin Challenge & Sauvignon Summit (136 total entries)

  • Best of Show Zinfandel: Dry Creek Vineyard, Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 2017
  • Best of Show Zinfandel Dessert: Sobon Estate, Zinfandel Port, 2017
  • Best of Show Sauvignon Blanc: Chacewater Winery Sauvignon Blanc, 2018

Taste all Best of Show and Gold Medal wines, available for purchase by the glass, at the Wine Garden, every day of the Fair, held June 14 - July 7.

Wine & Wags, June 2

The second annual Wine & Wags event will take place on June 2. More than 20 local wineries have partnered with eight Bay Area animal rescue organizations to host a day of wine tasting, dog adoptions and fun activities.

Attendees and their leashed dogs will receive a welcome treat from Entirely Pets and be able to enjoy grassy lawns, doggie obstacle courses, dog pools and more treats throughout the day. Food, pet-themed gifts and special activities will be available for purchase at many locations. Tickets are $30 in advance at and $35 at the event. Tickets include at least two tastes at each participating winery. Highlighted activities include:

  • Photo booth for owners and dogs at Mitchell Katz Winery
  • Make a doggy bandana at Big White House Winery
  • Dogs Earn Treats when Owners Do Tricks at The Singing Winemaker
  • Dog treat pairing flight and doggy pools at Las Positas Vineyards
  • Doggy obstacle course at Cedar Mountain Winery
  • Doggy pools and Camp Bow Wow of Livermore at Wente Vineyards

For a complete list of activities and details, visit

Pinot’s Palette will be set up at BoaVentura de Caires Winery, McGrail Vineyards and Winery and Las Positas Vineyards to help attendees paint pet portraits on wine glasses. To participate in “Project Pet,” a $49 reservation must be made in advance (in addition to event ticket) and a high-quality photo of the pet submitted via email. An artist will coach each painter on creating the perfect portrait. Painters must be 21+ years old. 15% of Project Pet sales will be donated to a pet rescue organization.

Enter to win a Celebrity cruise for two provided by VinoDestinations and Cruising for Canines. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during Wine & Wags at winery tasting rooms, and in advance from participating rescue organizations and the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association office. Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $100. Other raffle prizes include two nights in the Ultra Suite at Wag Hotel in Oakland, a BratPak basket that includes doggy day care, a BarkBox Gift Card, and other goodies.

Wine & Wags sponsors include VinoDestinations, Cruising for Canines,, Amador Veterinary Clinic and Camp Bow Wow Livermore.

Participating Rescue Organizations include Contra Costa Animal Services,

NorCal Sled Dogs, Northern California German Shepherd Rescue, Ozzie’s Pound Puppies and Paws in Need. Please note: attending dogs must be leashed at all times.

Rodrigue Molyneaux Appreciates Teachers, June 8 & 9

In appreciation of all that they do, K-12 teachers and retired K-12 teachers with a valid ID will receive a free tasting.

Darcie Kent Fundraiser for Big Bay Ray, June 9, 2 - 5pm

Help save rescue horses at Big Bay Ray’s inaugural fundraiser, featuring the big band sounds of 3 Day Weekend. Big Bay Ray is a Pleasanton-based non-profit that makes wine carriers and shopping totes from recycled feed bags. Event includes vendors, BBQ food from Cabana Dave’s, a silent auction with great items, games for the kids and Darcie Kent wines. Admission is $35 for adults.

Save the Date for Detlev Hanschke’s Life Celebration, August 17

Livermore’s beloved VW mechanic, Detlev Hanschke, lost his battle to cancer in April, and has departed for the immaculate garage in the sky. His wife, Dunia, and his family, thank everyone for their kind and tireless support throughout their ordeal. They are turning their attention to a celebration of his life, to be held at the Celebration Christian Center of Livermore, 1135 Bluebell Drive, on August 17. Please RSVP to Dunia at