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Livermore Valley 30th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration Sunday and Monday!

This Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 mark the 30th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration in Livermore Valley Wine Country! Over 40 wineries will be participating, and the wineries WILL BE OPEN ONLY TO TICKET HOLDERS on those two days. I will be in the Cheshire Cat Photo booth at Retzlaff Winery (Google Map here; go down that tree-lined unpaved lane from South Livermore Avenue; phone 925-447-8941) on both Sunday and Monday during the hours of the Celebration, noon until 5 PM!

From the official site:

“On Sunday, complimentary shuttle buses take guests to over 40 wineries, where guests will enjoy: wine tasting, music, food and art vendors, wine discounts, and more.  Guests can also choose to drive themselves.

On Monday, guests can enjoy a more intimate day at the wineries as each winery will offer wine tasting and unique activities like winemaker discussions, bottle your own wines, barrel tastings, and more.  There are no complimentary shuttles on Monday.”

I mentioned tickets. A 2-day ticket is $55 in advance/$65 day of the event. A Sunday-only ticket is $45 in advance/$50 day of the event, and a Monday-only ticket is $40 in advance/$45 on the day of the event. A ticket for a designated driver is $10.

From the official site:

“Ticket includes:  Entrance into the wineries, complimentary wine tasting at over 40 wineries, shuttle bus service (Sunday), special activities (Monday), wine discounts, commemorative wine glass, program, and parking.

This is a ticketed event and everyone needs a ticket to enter the wineries on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend.  Ticket sale proceeds benefit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, a non-profit organizations which supports the wineries and growers in the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area.  We appreciate your support.”


The Bus Route information for the complementary shuttle buses that RUN ON SUNDAY ONLY is here (PDF). Retzlaff is #2 in Blue on the map, and very near the HUB.

HOTEL SPECIALS: Courtyard by Marriott (2929 Constitution Drive., Livermore CA). Harvest Wine Celebration Hotel Package includes King or Double Room, breakfast for 2, and shuttle to and from Robertson Park.  $125 room rate.  For Details, call (925) 249-1000 or visit the link.

A PDF of events at the wineries is HERE. I will summarize the events at Retzlaff Vineyards, which is known for its EXCELLENT wines and for its SHADE :-) during the Harvest Wine Celebration, which can sometimes be a little toasty:

Retzlaff Vineyards

1356 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore

WINE: Complimentary tasting: 2005 Cab/Merlot blend, and 2010 Rosé Barrel

SPECIAL TASTING: Barrel tasting of 2010 red wines

EDUCATION: Show how the brix is measured using a hydrometer and demonstrate the process of making corks.

MUSIC: (Sunday) Silent Partner and (Monday) Play Things

FOOD: Pasada Catering

ARTS AND CRAFTS: Photography of California by William Hackett of Cheshire Cat Photo and other arts and crafts

DISPLAYS: Cork tree, samples of corks

OTHER: Sister Sara – organic jams, pickles, relishes, soups and more.

Participating wineries include:

Auburn James*, Bent Creek Winery, Big White House Winery, Bodegas Aguirre, Cedar Mountain Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Chouinard Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Eckert Estate Winery, El Sol Winery**, Elliston Vineyards**, Fenestra Winery, Garré Vineyard & Winery, John Evan Cellars, La Rochelle Winery, Las Positas Vineyards, 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, Rios-Lovell*, Rodrigue Molyneaux*, Ruby Hill Winery, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Stony Ridge Winery, Tamás Estates , Thomas Coyne Winery, Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, Westover Vineyards &Winery**, White Crane Winery, Wood Family Vineyards. 

*Wineries participating at Concannon Vineyard instead of regular tasting rooms.    **Wineries participating at Wente Vineyards instead of their regular tasting rooms.

See you local folks there!

-Bill at

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