Rosebuds Blog

A new American pastime

January 08, 2014
Wine and wine glass

Guests come to The Rose Hotel for a wide array of reasons, including to spend time in the Tri Valley and Livermore Valley Wine County. The Tri Valley (situated in the east San Francisco Bay) is home to The Rose Hotel, and the region offers an endless slate of offerings. Among them is the Livermore Valley, which has become one of the state and country’s emerging wine appellations.

This all happens just a few miles from The Rose Hotel. And the hotel’s lobby bar carries many good local varietals.

Visitors often learn of Livermore Valley Wine Country only after checking into the hotel, and then add to their itinerary a visit to our more than 40 local wineries. With that in mind, we wanted to share with you a few of the Livermore Valley upcoming January events.

January’s featured varietal — Tempranillo. Each month, Livermore Valley Wine Country highlights a varietal grown in the region.  A host of wineries will be participating. To learn more, click here.

Wine Wednesdays. Join Livermore Valley wineries each Wednesday evening when a different Livermore Valley winery will be open from 5-8 p.m. to help guests grab a taste of wine before heading out to a fabulous dinner. Click here to see which wineries will be hosting on different Wednesdays.

Movie night. Every third Saturday, from January through April 2014, enjoy a movie night at Las Positas Vineyards. Popcorn, wine and beer will be served. There is more information at this link.

Futures release celebration. Members and non-members of Retzlaff Vineyards are invited to an exclusive futures party to taste current futures (wines still maturing) and to pick up their future from the previous year. This is a tasting celebration. No charge to Retzlaff members and they may bring two guests at no cost. Admission includes bottled futures tasting, futures barrel tasting and catered lunch. Non-members can attend for $30. More information is available here.

There are many other events produced by various local wineries, a listing of which can be found on the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association website on this page.

This article would not be complete without mentioning the Underdog Wine Bar on the Concannon Vineyard property. It has been referred to as an urban oasis with a host of local wines, as well as many others from around the world. The Underdog has more than 50 wines available by the glass. The Underdog Wine Bar lets guests undertake a customized wine safari with as much or as little guidance from the knowledgeable staff as they desire.
The menu at the wine bar is carefully designed to complement the wines — from light hors d’oeuvres to full meals. Featured are seasonal small plates made from local produce and expertly designed to enhance and complement the bar’s large wine selection. The focus of Underdog Wine Bar is to showcase an eclectic collection of local and international wines with custom food pairings. Click here to visit the Underdog Wine Bar website.

We have taken the time to share this information with you because, for so many of our guests, wine tasting and collecting has become an American pastime. Wine is the accompaniment to so many of the things we cherish in life. We sniff its bouquets. We sip for subtle flavors. We pare with the foods we eat. We use wine to augment celebrations. We fuel romance with the crushed and fermented grape.

Cold white wines cool us during hot summers. Bold reds warm us during chilly winters. And because wine is produced so prolifically in the United States and around the world, excellent prices can be found on truly good wines.

Join us.

Spend time at our lobby bar.

Spend time in Livermore Valley Wine Country.

Written by Mike Consol

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