Summer Wine Stroll starts at 5 p.m. today in downtown Pleasanton

Tickets available at 2 downtown Pleasanton locations, also online

The Pleasanton Downtown Association will hold its annual Summer Wine Stroll Saturday, a popular Tri-Valley event for more than a dozen years.

Over 30 downtown locations will become tasting rooms during the event from 5-8 p.m., with each participant also receiving a commemorative wine glass and event map.

Musicians will entertain along downtown streets as participants taste a variety of local wines and small bites.

A variety of wines will be offered by Boa Ventura de Caires Winery, Boisset Wine Living, Ehrenberg Cellars, Elliston Vineyards, Enoteca Five, Garré Vineyard and Winery, Fenestra Winery, Little Valley Winery, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Naumann Vineyards, New Leaf Community Markets, The Honey Wine Company, The Mead Kitchen, Wente Vineyards and Winemakers Studio.

Tickets are available for $40 at Redcoats British Pub, 336 St. Mary St. and at the Rose Hotel, 807 Main St. They also may be purchased online at

If not sold out, tickets also will be available for purchase beginning at 4:30 p.m. today for $45 (cash only) at the event starting location, the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Tickets must be redeemed from 4:30-7 p.m. today at the Firehouse Arts Center.

The PDA also will sell a limited number of designated driver tickets for $10 cash.

This year's sponsors are the Alameda County Wine Competition, The Cellar Door, Visit Tri-Valley and Intero Chiropractic.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Event organizers may want to find a cab company to be a sponsor.

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Posted by Laura Olson
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 10, 2015 at 11:14 am

Hi Dan,

I'm Laura Olson, Executive Director of the PDA. Thank you for your comment about cabs being available during Wine Stroll. We couldn't agree more! We have had a cab company as a sponsor in past years. This year we don't, but we still include the phone number of several local cab companies on the programs given to each of the participants. And we understand that Assembly Member Catherine Baker will be downtown the night of Wine Stroll handing out coupons for Uber. We want all of our guests to enjoy Wine Stroll responsibly!

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Posted by Sour grapes
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm

help me understand why i will be able to stroll down Main Street with my $35 glass to drink as much wine as I can and I can't walk down Main Street with a beer in my hand on 1st Wed.

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Posted by No Wine Can Leave a Business
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 10, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Part of the responsibility of a wine host site is to post someone at the door with a dump bucket and not allow anyone to leave with alcohol in their glass.

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Posted by Suzy
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Are tickets still available?

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Posted by Laura Olson
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 15, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Suzy - yes! Tickets are still available. You can purchase them online at or at The Rose Hotel or Redcoats. Hope to see you Saturday!

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Posted by We Love Wheels!
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 16, 2015 at 8:26 am

Let's also not forget our very own Wheels! For 2.00 (or 1.60 if you buy tickets) each way this can get you to and from many events. We take it Concerts in the Park, Wine Stroll, the Fair and even to Livermore for the many events held there or to dinner and the Bankhead. It's very inexpensive insurance if one chooses to have wine, yet be responsible enough not to drive. We are very lucky to have this great service available to us. We use it so often. Thank you Wheels!

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Posted by wheels?
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Wheels? Is this a bus system or something else?

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Posted by We Love Wheels!
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 17, 2015 at 9:14 am

To: Wheels?
Yes, Wheels has been in the area for about 25 years. It is a regular bus route (small buss like a commuter) that goes all over Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin. The busses rune very frequently and the frequency changes a bit with the time of day, weekend or Holiday. You can buy tickets at Safeway, among other places. There are express buses with no stops and then that other buses that make regular stops every few blocks within theses cities. If you are new to the area, just look around as you travel about town for the busses. You'll see the bus number on the front and the back, which denotes the route. You can't miss them! They are great and really convenient. The booklets show the times for all routes based on day and direction. Good luck to you!

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 20, 2015 at 10:21 am

My wife and I have enjoyed the Wine Strolls in the past, but this year's event seemed to come with a heavy dose of police presence and bouncers at every door of the establishments pouring wine. Teams of two officers were very visible everywhere on the street. We felt like criminals leaving each establishment having the bouncers inspect our wine glasses for any illegal drops of wine that we did not consumed indoors. The threatening signs plastered all over town also contributed to the oppressive atmosphere. I really question the need for the draconian tactics. I do not imagine many participating in the event were there to try to get wasted on 1 ounce pours of wine and then go out and do some crimes. And even if that was the case, what is the difference between someone drinking inside a store or outside on a bench?

I would also like to comment on some of the winery staff serving customers. You are there to represent your winery, but you are also an ambassador for the store or restaurant where you are pouring your wines. A bad attitude and rudeness to the patrons is reflective on you, your winery, and your host.

I'm not sure we will be back next year. Surrounding cities including Livermore have similar events that do not appear to have the same oppressive atmosphere.

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