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28th annual Livermore Valley Harvest Wine celebration continues today

40 wineries showcasing their wines at Harvest Village, more at their wineries

The 28th Annual Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration continues today with more than 40 wineries showcasing their wines and unique personalities during the peak of the harvest season.

New this year are the 20 wineries pouring wine at the Harvest Village, located at Robertson Park. In addition to the wineries, there are arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and live music.

For those who enjoy the winery experience, 20 wineries are pouring at their winery location. Each of these wineries also are hosting music and more.

Parking is available at the Harvest Village/Robertson Park by entering via Concannon for the closest parking to the event.

Today, wineries are open to ticket holders only. No outside food, drink or pets are allowed into the wineries or the Village.

This annual wine country tradition continues to be the primary fundraiser for the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.

The first week of September also means the start of the hustle and bustle that is the wine harvest.

Field workers at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore are beginning each morning early, plucking sauvignon blanc grapes from among 2 acres of white wine grapes that grow on the property on South Livermore Avenue.

The Valley's only certified-organic winery, Retzlaff is run by Bob Taylor, who is both winemaker and owner.

After the grapes are picked, they're transferred to a metal machine which de-stems them and pumps into a press, which extracts the juice. From there, white grape juice is pumped into steel barrels where yeast is added and the mixture is chilled at 55 degrees for a period of time before it's bottled and ready for consumption.

Those visiting the wine country during this wewekend's festival can also see workers gathering the grapes out in the fields.

, Livermore Valley wineries are making their last-minute preparations for this weekend's Harvest Wine Celebration.

Tickets for today's event are available for between $40-75. For information, visit www.lvwine.org

Janet Pelletier, Jeb Bing

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