Let the tasting begin.
Livermore Valley wineries are now reopening their scenic properties for socially distanced outdoor sips of the latest vintages.
The opportunity to welcome back customers came with Alameda County’s decision to allow outdoor dining starting June 19 for the first time since the COVID-19 sheltering in place and other restrictions went into effect.
“We’ve missed everyone and know we can all work together to stay safe and healthy,” said Chris Chandler, executive director of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, in a statement.
State and county guidelines require that all alcohol be served with food, so the members of the LVWA that have decided to participate are partnering with a permitted restaurant or food vendor or using a commercial kitchen.
Advance reservations are required and no more than six people can attend any tasting. Although most Bay Area counties are insisting that such groups be limited to people living in the same household, Alameda County has instituted a “social bubble” policy that allows others to gather.
There are more than 50 member wineries, but only a handful decided to open up on Father’s Day weekend. Among those were Wood Family Vineyards, the Singing Winemaker at Tesla Vintners, Cuda Ridge Wines and Las Positas Vineyards. Look for Dante Robere Vineyards to join that lineup this weekend.
The valley’s historic wineries — Wente and Concannon, both of which date to 1883 — are opting to wait before hosting the public. Wente has been shipping its wines to consumers while Concannon has been offering curbside pickup.
As more wineries open up, their events will be listed on the association’s website, www.LVwine.org.
Livermore Valley wineries begin to reopen for outdoor tastings