The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation have adjusted the traditional formats of both Taste Our Terroir and the Livermore Valley Wine Auction, and both will take place July 23-26.
The Livermore Valley Wine Auction usually happens in September, but this earlier date will allow donations to reach students before the new school year begins.
The virtual auction will include vacations, wine and wine-tasting experiences to raise money for meals for children in need in the Livermore Valley. Local schools began to distribute approximately 1,100 meals per day when the shelter-in-place began, and funds raised by the auction will help to continue and expand the under-funded program.
Register online at lvwf.org.
Taste Our Terroir this year will include the following:
* Tapas & Tempranillo: The wine and food pairing will take place from 6-7 p.m. July 24, at $130 per ticket, with participants celebrating the taste of Spain at home.
Each ticket includes a four-pack of Tempranillo wines from Dante Robere Vineyards, Las Positas Vineyards, Murrieta's Well and Page Mill Winery and a custom-made charcuterie board provided by Bay Area Redwood, complete with recipes and ingredients. Guests will prepare tapas to feed four people per ticket, then join the Zoom to discuss the wines and pairings with the winemakers.
Wines and event supplies must be picked up at 3585 Greenville Road in Livermore between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 23.
* Celebrate Chardonnay: These tastings will take place from 5-6 p.m. July 25, via Zoom at $95 per ticket, to explore the history of Chardonnay in Livermore Valley with winemakers.
Guests will join Lisa Lee from Charles R Vineyards, Rosie Fierro from Rosa Fierro Cellars, Elizabeth Kester from Wente Vineyards and Rhonda Wood of Wood Family Vineyards in a panel-style Zoom event. The winemakers will share how they got started in winemaking, their unique winemaking techniques and tasting notes as guests taste each Chardonnay.
Each ticket includes four bottles of Chardonnay from participating wineries and two crystal wine glasses that must be picked up at 3585 Greenville Road in Livermore between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 23.
* Bike the Vines of Livermore is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26, at $125 per person, and the event is sold out.
Guests will cruise through wine country on a Pedego electric bike guided by Pedego Livermore owner, Loretta Buck. After a quick bike tutorial, the group will head to Page Mill Winery for a taste of award-winning Blanc de Blanc and a sabering lesson. Next will be a tour of Holdener Park followed by a stop at Garré Café and Winery for a boxed, picnic-style lunch. The last stop of the day will be at McGrail Vineyards for a tasting.
Visit LVwine.org for more information on these activities.