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Livermore Valley Wine Community to host Barrel Tasting Weekend

Two-day event set for March 18-19
A previous barrel tasting at McGrail Vineyards and Winery, which is also one of the participating wineries in this year's event.

Local wine lovers are invited to sip samples right from the barrel at wineries across the Livermore Valley next month.

Livermore Valley Wine Community is set to host its annual Barrel Tasting Weekend from noon to 4:30 p.m. on March 18 and 19, according a statement from the organization. 

For the event, 15 local wineries will open their doors to attendees to sample wines that are still in development right out of the barrel. Featured wine varietals will include Cabernet Sauvignon, GSM, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Touriga Franca and Chardonnay. 

Some wineries will also offer the opportunity to pre-purchase barrel wines at a discount, a practice known as buying "futures," according to the wine community. 

Barrel Tasting Weekend is open-house style, where each winery will have its own ticket for the experience at their location. A number of participating locations will host special activities including DJs and live bands. 

Artisan vendors and interactive experiences will also be featured, such as McGrail Vineyards’ aroma bar and the "Makers Movement" with local craft makers at Retzlaff Winery. Additionally, there will be bottle discounts and food for purchase from area eateries such as Marty’s Joint Food Truck, Big C BBQ and Mozzeria Food Truck.

Participating wineries include: 

  • 3 Steves Winery
  • Caddis Winery
  • Charles R Vineyards
  • el Sol
  • Favalora Vineyards Winery
  • Garre Vineyard
  • Leisure Street Winery
  • McGrail Vineyards and Winery
  • Murrietas Well
  • Omega Road 
  • Page Mill Winery
  • Retzlaff Winery
  • Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery
  • Rosa Fierro Cellars 
  • Wente Family Estates
  • Wood Family Vineyards
  • Arroyo Cellars
  • Dante Robere

Each winery's experiences will range from $15 to $25 and include a minimum of two barrel samples and four total wines to taste. For more information, visit

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