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Detlev Hanschke, left, with his son and grandchildren.

As part of their Twilight Tasting series of benefits for worthy causes, Page Mill Winery has agreed to host a fundraiser for Livermore mechanic, Detlev Hanschke, who is battling a rare form of cancer. The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, February 28, from 4:30 to 8pm, at the Winery. All tasting fees that evening will be donated to Detlev’s fundraising efforts, along with 10% of all wine sales. Additionally, vendors including Love Me Apparel Boutique, Pampered Chef and India Hicks will be offering to donate a portion of their sales.

Please gather your friends and come on out to enjoy some great wine, meet Detlev (he plans to come with some of his family) and the vendors.

Hanschke’s shop, International Auto Service, is widely known throughout the throngs of foreign car owners in the region, especially those who love Volkswagens. But he’s rescued many a BMW, Volvo and Mercedes owner, too. Now he needs help to fight a disease for which all his mechanical training in Germany is no match.

Bonnie Bartlett of Charles R takes her Mercedes to Detlev’s shop, and swears she wouldn’t go anywhere else. Charles R held a fundraiser for him this past Presidents Day weekend, in concert with their wine club release. They are planning to coordinate another fundraiser in April, along with 3 Steves and Rodrigue Molyneaux, April 13 & 14.

Detlev’s son, Kevin, is the GM of the Porsche dealership in Livermore. He will be at the February 28th event at Page Mill. If you can’t make it, consider donating to Detlev’s Gofundme page: www.gofundme.com/donate4detlev.

BoaVentura Friday Tastings

BoaVentura de Caires Winery will be open for tasting, February 22, 12 - 5pm.

Fun Fridays at Wood Family

Jack Quigley Souled Out Music will be featured this Friday, from 4 - 7pm, at Wood Family Vineyards: 2407 Research Drive, Livermore. Free.

Enoteca Five Open for Weekend Tasting

Wwinemaker, Michael Chalkley, of Enoteca Five, will host a weekend of great wine tasting at his tasting room on Research Drive. Check out his newly released 2017 Wanderlust Chardonnay and his 2017 Tassarita Rosé of Zin and Merlot, along with classics like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and the very popular, “Attitude Adjustment.” You need to hear the story behind this wine. Open every weekend, 12:30 —4:30pm, at 2111 Research Drive, Suite 6, Livermore.

Safari Brunch at Retzlaff

Attend a unique brunch on February 23, 2019 (10am - 1pm), at Retzlaff Vineyards and Estate Winery, with Albert Jumbe of Discover TZ Travel with Salome' and Asante Africa, regarding the Nov 2019 African Safari and Winelands Tour.

Live Music at the Wente Estate Tasting Room

Local favorite, Greg Lamboy, will perform on Saturday, February 23, 1 - 4pm, at the Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room. Complimentary. wine by the glass or the bottle on the patio. The Wood Fired Kitchen will be open, so please no outside food.

Girl Scout Cookies & Wine at Las Positas Vineyards

Come have some fun and taste a wine flight paired specifically with everyone’s favorites: Girl Scout cookies. A local troop will be on site to sell their yummy cookies. “Everyone wins there!” says Tasting Room Manager, Curt Pipes, who put together what he calls “a unique flight” with winemaker, Brent Amos. Curious as to what they cooked up? Come on out this weekend, Feb 23 & 24, and taste for yourself:

• Samoas paired with LPV Sparkling

• Do-si-dos paired with LPV 2016 Estate Reserve Chardonnay

• Thin Mints paired with LPV 2017 Estate Rosé

• Trefoils paired with LPV 2015 Estate Cab Franc

• S’mores paired with LPV 2014 Estae Barbera

• Tagalongs paired with LPV NV Casimira

Omega Road Winery Open for Tasting

Visit Omega Road on February 23 & 24, 2019, 12 - 4pm, for wine tasting at 2127 Vasco Road, Suite C, Livermore.

el Sol Winery Open Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5

Barrel tasting and a flight of wines, $10, plus pastoral views. Try Future Wine out of the barrel, which will be bottled in less than 2 months. Want a Bonus Pour? Try one of the wines on the Special Sale List. 8626 Lupin Way, Livermore, CA 94550.

Wedding Showcase At Garré

On Feb. 24, 2019, 12 - 3pm Garré Vineyard & Winery will present a wedding showcase. There will be the opportunity to meet with preferred vendors, tour the venues, watch a runway show, and sample delicious hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine. Cost is $15.

Music in the Vines at McGrail Vineyards

On February 24, cozy up on the heated panoramic patio for live music by Loren Olk from 1—4PM. Sausages, meatballs, and flatbreadswill be available for purchase. McGrail wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

Live Music on Sundays At Retzlaff

Groove to some of the area’s finest jazz with Matt Finders and Friends, on February 24, 12—4:30pm, at Retzlaff Vineyards and Estate Winery. Bring a picnic, buy some wine and unwind to the finest jazz in the East Bay. 6-Pack Wine Special on Retzlaff’s fine estate reds.

Live music at The Wente Estate Tasting Room

On Sunday, February 24, 2019 (1 - 4pm), there will be music by Mike Osborn. His is a unique blend of many different musical styles, from the bluegrass and country music of his youth, to blues and rock from the 50s to the present. Taste 5 generations of wine making or enjoy a bottle on the patio. Food available for purchase.

Wente Estate Tour & Tasting

On February 24, 2019 at 11:30 to 1pm and then again at 2:30 to 4pm, learn all about Wente family history on the Estate Tour with experienced wine educators. In addition, check out behind the scenes of the small lot production and working barrel room. The tour, at 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore, concludes with a tasting of Wente’s premier wines. For availability or questions call (925) 456-2305. Cost: $35.

Winery Tasting Room Sales and Service Program to Begin March 2

The first in a series of classes aimed at teaching the basics of tasting room management, etiquette and operations will be held at Rodrigue Molyneaux winery on Saturday, March 2nd, 8:30—11:30AM.

Nancy Rodrigue, board member of Friends of Open Space & Vineyards (FOV) and co-owner of Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, worked with Las Positas College to establish the series, called Winery Tasting Room Sales and Service, as part of the Community Education program. Its goal is to provide a baseline of instruction for wine tasting room staff in the Livermore Valley.

“This program is also relevant for tasting room staff already employed with a winery but who want more knowledge about wine, and would like to improve their tasting room skills. The purpose is to enhance the Livermore wine Country experience for visitors to the Livermore Valley,” explains Rodrigue.

She worked with David Everett, Program Coordinator/Faculty for Viticulture, Enology and Winery Technology and Horticulture at Las Positas College, along with Don Milanese, Vice President Emeritus (and also a founding administrator) of Las Positas College and Treasurer of FOV, to create the training program which begins March 2, 2019. Although part of the LPC Community Education program, it is funded entirely by FOV.

The second class will be held on March 9th at Cedar Mountain, also from 8:30-11:30AM. The third class is scheduled for March 16, and will be held at Ruby Hill. The fourth class is set for March 23 at Darcie Kent. All classes are three hours, and run from 8:30-11:30AM.

David Everett, who runs the Enology and Winery Technology programs at Las Positas, says, “This series is a collaborative effort between Friends of Open Space & Vineyards, and Las Positas College. This is a wonderful introduction to the College's Wine Hospitality program. Las Positas College offers Degrees, Certificates and transfer in Viticulture, Enology, and Wine Hospitality.”