Time to Taste Our Terroir

Four days of events celebrate Livermore Valley wines

Taste Our Terroir Weekend -- the Livermore Valley's premier food and wine affair -- returns next week (July 25-28) to celebrate and educate wine lovers at nine events.

The long weekend of events kicks off with a food and wine pairing from 6-9 p.m. next Thursday (July 25) at Casa Real in Pleasanton. Seventeen Livermore Valley winemakers have partnered with Bay Area chefs to compete; judges are Ethan Fletcher of Diablo Magazine, wine and travel writer Jill Robinson and Mike Dunne of Dunne on Wine.

Guests will be able to taste all of the pairings, bid on luxurious silent auction items, enjoy decadent desserts and vote in the People's Choice competition.

General admission tickets are $95 at VIP tickets at $130 include a sparkling wine reception at 4:30 p.m.

Other events are as follows:

* Friday, July 26 -- "Wente Lunch in the Garden," a tour of the sustainable garden and a three-course lunch; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $105.

-- "Behind the Bubbles," a behind-the-scenes look at how Page Mill Winery makes its Blanc de Blanc; 5-7 p.m.; $55.

* Saturday, July 27 -- "Secrets of a Sommelier," an interactive, blind tasting experience at McGrail Vineyards; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; $60.

-- "Paella Dinner," family-style dinner, at Darcie Kent Vineyards, with a variety of wines and a Salsa dance; 6-9 p.m., $80.

-- "Port-a-Palooza," the history of port and how it is made, at Rios Lovell Estate Winery with port samples paired with cheeses and chocolates; 7-9 p.m., $35.

*Sunday, July 28 -- "Falconry Fly, and Wine," meet falconer and Embodied Wines owner Kimmie Orani Spears and enjoy a flight demonstration while sipping wines at el Sol Winery; 10 a.m. to noon; $40.

-- "Pink Party Rosé Brunch," at Retzlaff Vineyards; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $65.

-- "Vertical Tasting of Livermore Valley Award Winning Wines," at 3 Steves Winery, guided by winemakers, taste nine award-winning wines; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; $60.

Attendance at the events is limited. Tickets are on sale now at

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