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Winemakers presenting 'Taste Our Terroir' this weekend

Annual event features samplings, special meals and more

Livermore Valley's annual wine extravaganza, "Taste our Terroir," is set to kick off Thursday night with a food and wine pairing gala and continues through this weekend with experiences featuring winemakers and those who love their products.

On Saturday, Wente Vineyards is holding a garden lunch with master gardener Diane Dovholuk, who will guide guests through the vineyards as they sip their wines, followed by a meal with fresh ingredients from the on-site herb and vegetable garden.

Dante Robere Vineyards is hosting an afternoon of rosé, a chance to discover its different styles, techniques and philosophies, while Occasio Winery will hold a tasting of spirits, for which the Livermore Valley was renowned before Prohibition. This is a chance to learn how brandies and whiskeys are crafted and aged, along with tastings and learning how to make historic cocktails from the resident mixologists.

Saturday night, McGrail Family Vineyards is having a Sunset Lobster Boil, along with wine sampling. The family-style dinner will be following by dancing under the stars to live music.

Sunday's events begin with Brunch in the Vineyards at Retzlaff Vineyards and Estate Winery, and "Boots on the Ground, Wine in your Glass" at Murrieta's Well. Later, wine enthusiasts can spend "An Afternoon with John Concannon" at Concannon Vineyard and attend "An Exploration of Port: From Portugal to Livermore Valley" at Cedar Mountain Winery.

For more information about the events this weekend or to buy tickets, go to www.lvwine.org.

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