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LIVERMORE -- What many people love about wine tasting isn't just the scrumptious, complex liquid found waiting beneath the cork of a bottle. They love the holistic experience of getting away from the crowds (e.g. reality), traveling into more open terrain and venturing into cozy tasting rooms surrounded by beautiful vineyards under big blue skies.

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So, it's not surprising that last year during the annual Harvest Wine Celebration, when the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association tried an experiment to consolidate much of the tasting into Robertson Park, they ended up with some unhappy attendees and winegrowers. That's why the emphasis during this Sunday and Monday's 2010 Festival will be back to the future.

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"We're really focusing on the winery experience this year. We want to be in the middle of the vines," says Chris Chandler, executive director of the LVWGA.

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In this part of the country we celebrate our livelihood, our farmers, our ranchers, our produce. The way we live is a little different and for that we’re grateful. Our commute can be congested but our vistas are unbeatable. They come from all over just to experience where and how we live. A taste of wine country living, fruits of our labor, our cuisine and the shear beauty of Sonoma County.  Sonoma County has 1800 vineyard owners farming over 60,000 vineyards acres and more than 350 wineries that work together to produce a variety of world-class wines.

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An epicurean event unlike any other, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend combines the elegance, sophistication, and style of Taste of Sonoma, with the festivity, frivolity and fundraising of the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction for three unforgettable days of celebration.

Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

Enjoy the Winemaker Lunches, Winemaker Dinners and Specialty Dinners. Dozens of wineries will host these events in dazzling settings.  There are still some tickets available, though many are sold out.

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This has been a strange year for vintners, both here in the East and on the West Coast.

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We remember a winter of record snows, but local winemakers recall a quick warm-up that brought summerlike temperatures in early April, leading the vines to bud earlier than usual. Record-setting heat through the summer kept the grapes ripening rapidly, sending sugar levels upward. The accelerated ripening created two worries: that grapes might ripen unevenly, leading to unbalanced wines, and that various grape varieties might ripen all at once instead of in succession over several weeks, putting extra pressure on winery capacities and personnel.

Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



Winemaker Darryl Brooker confesses he jumped ship to British Columbia's CedarCreek Estate Winery from the Niagara region in part because of its appealing mix of vineyards and grape varieties. The company owns four vineyards in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, each carefully tended by its own site manager.

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Aromatic varieties, such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris are planted in more northernly sites, alongside Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Big red varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, are planted down south in desert conditions of Osoyoos, near the U.S. border.

Indian Sauvignon Blanc

The Australian native is looking to apply the vineyard-first philosophy that made him so successful during recent stints at Flat Rock Cellars and Hillebrand Estate Winery in the Niagara Peninsula. Going into his first Okanagan Valley harvest this fall, he says he’ll be looking to produce single vineyard wines whenever possible.

Indian Chenin Blanc



North Coast “marquee” wine labels and cash-flowing brands and other assets are more dominant in the deals getting done these days than discount transactions on troubled assets, according to a top wine industry transaction adviser.

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Assets with “strong” cash flow are changing hands at prices in the range of seven to 10 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a valuation metric known by its acronym EBITDA, compared with nine to 12 times such earnings during the healthy fine wine sales market before 2008, according to Mario Zepponi, partner in Santa Rosa-based Zepponi & Company. He was a panelist at the Business Journal ’s Impact Napa 2010 conference in Napa on Aug. 18.

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Main drivers for deal-making in past years were “owner fatigue,” lack of succession planning, financial duress and a few transactions spurred by lenders, he said.

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