Holiday in the Vineyards continues today at 38 wineries

Sample reds and whites while shopping for presents at two-day event in Pleasanton, Livermore Valley

The annual Holidays in the Vineyards event will continue today from noon to 5 p.m. at local wineries that are offering wine tasting, food pairings, live music, Santa Claus and arts and craft vendors.

"For a lot of people, it's a time to couple something that you have to do anyways which is buy gifts for colleagues, family, friends, and make it a fun event," said Chris Chandler, who is executive director for the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, which puts on the event.

Chandler said the style is an open house format for the wineries and no ticket is necessary to participate since it's free.

"Some wineries have a tasting fee, but it's also applicable if you purchase a bottle of wine, so you could actually go taste and conceivably purchase wine as a gift and then have your tasting fee applied to the gift you just bought," she said.

Each winery is offering its own list of activities.

"The arts and craft vendors have different boutique stores from around the area so people can get unique, different gifts than if you were to go to a more traditional shopping area/mall," Chandler said. "The wineries are decorated, there's usually holiday music, and some of the different wineries have Santa Claus visiting. There are also carolers."

Coinciding with the Holidays in the Vineyards, the LVWA will be sponsoring a toy drive for Toys for Tots.

"This has been a really successful program that we've partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps on," Chandler said. "We accept toy donations and cash donations, and some of the wineries offer special incentives if you bring a toy."

For a complete list of participating wineries and what special events they are offering, visit

Holidays in the Vineyards

What: An annual wine country tradition where wineries showcase their tasting rooms with arts and craft vendors, holiday music and special wines. Guests are encouraged to bring toys to their favorite wineries, which will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation after the event, directly benefitting children in need thoughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

When: noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free (tasting fee varies by winery)

Participating wineries:

Bent Creek Winery

Big White House & John Evan Cellars

Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Charles R Vineyards

Chouinard Vineyards

Concannon Vineyard

Crooked Vine Winery

Cuda Ridge Wines

Deer Ridge Vineyards

Eagle Ridge Vineyard

Eckert Estate Winery

el Sol Winery

Elliston Vineyards

Fenestra Winery

Garré Vineyard & Winery

La Rochelle Winery

Les Chênes Estate Vineyards

Little Valley Winery

Longevity Wines

McGrail Vineyards & Winery

Mitchell Katz Winery

Murrieta's Well

Nottingham Cellars

Occasio Winery

Page Mill Winery

Retzlaff Estate Winery

Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery

Ruby Hill Winery

Stony Ridge Winery

Tamás Estates

Tenuta Vineyards

The Singing Winemaker

The Steven Kent Winery

Thomas Coyne Winery

Wente Vineyards

White Crane Winery

Wood Family Vineyards

Info: Visit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association website at

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