June 2019 Events in the California Wine Country

Robert Hall Winery Paso RoblesJune 2019 – Are you looking for something fun to do? You will find lots of great ideas right here. Find exciting wine events throughout California: Lake Tahoe, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Sonoma County, and Carmel.

Experience fun wine tastings, enjoy live musical performances, and browse fine art and crafts. Treat yourself to gourmet treats. It’s all happening this month!

Wine Events – June 2019

Healdsburg Vineyards

May 31-June 9: Healdsburg Jazz Festival

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is celebrating its 21st year with a fabulous variety of live jazz events. Experience indoor and outdoor concerts at this 10 day event. Some venues are quite large and others are small and intimate. All offer unique fun for music lovers.

Healdsburg is located in northern Sonoma County, right in the heart of the Wine Country. It’s the perfect destination for exploring the wineries of Dry Creek Valley, the Russian River, and the Alexander Valley.
Learn more about Healdsburg

Festival Website
Telephone: (707) 620-4412

June 8: Toast of the Coast Wine Festival – San Diego

La Jolla Cove
Taste more than 130 wines from around the world. Enjoy cheese stations, wine and food pairings., special wine maker tastings. Browse goods from a variety of unique vendors. Admission into the San Diego County Fair is included. Experience exhibits, rides, and all the fun at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A souvenir glass is included and unlimited tastes are as well!

While in the area, check out the Top 25 Things to Do in San Diego.

Festival Website
(858) 755-1161
Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, California 92014

June 2019 Wine

June 9: Ojai Wine Festival

Spread along the shoreline Lake Casitas, the Ojai Wine Festival is a wine tasting event not to be missed. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, a silent auction, a boat ride on the lake, as well as fine art and craft vendors. Live music will be provided by the popular band, Area 51.

Festival Website
Lake Casitas 12-4 PM
11093 Santa Ana Road Ventura, CA 93001

June 15: Tahoe City Food and Wine Classic

View of Lake Tahoe
Taste wine and beer from local producers and gourmet bites from North Lake Tahoe’s top restaurants and catering companies. Browse the local boutiques for unique items. Explore beautiful Lake Tahoe. This truly is wine tasting with a view!

Event Website
1-5 PM
North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
(530) 583-3348

June 20-22: Roll Our the Barrels – San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Vineyards
Explore the San Luis Obipo Wine Country during their annual Roll Out the Barrels Weekend. On Thursday, June 20th at Barrels in the Plaza in downtown SLO, more than 30 wineries and local chefs will be serving wine and food. On Friday and Saturday, visit the wineries of your choice. Walk the vineyards, barrel sample the new vintage, and enjoy open houses, wine tastings and festivities.

While in the area, check out Top 15 Things to Do in San Luis Obipo. This guide includes links to information on all of the local wineries.

Event Website

June 21: Wine Tasting at Pixie Woods – Stockton

Pixie WoodsFind out why this annual wine and beer tasting is such a popular event. Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and silent auctions. This is the 33rd year for this wine tasting with proceeds going toward improvements to the children’s amusement park.

This event is for adults only. However, if you have young children you will want to plan a visit for them to enjoy the charming park. Run by the City of Stockton, Pixie Woods is a fabulous park that is very reasonably priced. They offer different kid-themed play areas, a water play area, a train ride, boat ride, and a carousel.
More information on Pixie Woods

Event Website
5-8 PM
3121 Monte Diablo Avenue, Stockton, CA 95203

June 21-22: Garagiste Wine Festival “Urban Exposure” – Glendale

Red and White Wine ToastThe focus at this festival is on small production wines. This is the place to taste some of the best handcrafted wines you can find. Sample wine from more than sixty winemakers who produce 1500 cases or less each year. Winemakers and owners will be pouring the wine themselves. Over 20 different varieties will be poured. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that benefits the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.

Festival Website
Glendale Civic Auditorium
1401 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208

June 22: 15th Annual Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration

red wine or white wine
Taste wine from local wineries, listen to live music, and enjoy delicious food. Local artists will showcase their original works to include glass blowing, wood sculptures, jewelry, clothing, painting, photography and more. Carmel Valley Village is located 12 miles east of Highway One on Carmel Valley Road. A picturesque area known for its outstanding wineries.

Celebration Website
Carmel Valley Village, Carmel Valley, California
11 AM

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Go Wine Tasting on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

San Francisco's Treasure Island
San Francisco’s Treasure Island is a short drive from downtown San Francisco via the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. It’s a fun excursion . . . especially if you enjoy wine tasting!

Experience uncrowded streets, lots of free parking, and fabulous wines with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. Bring a picnic lunch and spend a fun day on the island!

There are six wine tasting rooms for you to visit and all are within a short distance from each other.

Suggested Itinerary

The Winery San FranciscoFour of the wineries are located near each other with a view of the San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge. Park your car and go wine tasting at all four. Bring a picnic. Dine outdoors, play bocce and sip wine; all while enjoying scenic bay views. Park in the lot at 448 Clipper Cove. Sottomarino, Sol Rouge, and Vie are located all in a row next to the bocce courts. Walk across the parking lot to visit the largest winery on the island, The Winery SF.

Treasure Island WineHalf a mile away is Treasure Island Wines. This is a wine collective that pours wine from five different wineries all at one location. This was Treasure Island’s first winery. Wine is produced on the island using grapes from Mendocino, Sonoma, the Sierra Foothills, and California’s Central Coast. This is the place to sample wines from Baker Family Wines, Kohler & Frohling, Heartfelt Wines, Umbriaso, and Treasure Island Wines.

Fat Grape WineryFat Grape Winery is located in a former U.S. Navy prison less than a half mile away. Owner and winemaker, Patrick Bowen specializes in producing premier wines with no added sulfites. There is no charging for tasting his wines. As part of the redevelopment plans for Treasure Island, this historic building will be demolished in Summer 2018 to make room for new construction. After that, give them a telephone call to see where Fat Grape Winery has moved.

History of Treasure Island

Treasure Island Bay BridgeTreasure Island is a man-made Island that finished construction in 1939 in time for the Golden Gate International Exposition. This “World Fair” closed in 1940. The 400 acre Island was built by sand and gravel dredged from the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento River Delta.

During World War II the island became a naval station and was known as “The Gateway to the Pacific”. The naval base has since closed; though much of the remnants remain. The city and county of San Francisco is currently working to redevelop the island.

The Wineries on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

Fat Grape Winery
Address: 1080 Avenue M Building 670 (at 13th Street)
Telephone: (415) 613-8925
Call ahead to check their hours.
Fat Grape Winery is located in the old Navy Brig on San Francisco’s historic Treasure Island. Patrick Bowen specializes in producing premier wines with no added sulfites. There is no charge for wine tasting here!

Sol RougeSol Rouge Winery
Address: Clipper Cove Way, Building 141
Telephone: (415) 756-2254
Open weekends noon – 5PM.
This is a friendly, fun place to stop and try their wines. Bring a picnic. There’s picnic tables just outside the door.

SottolmarinoSottomarino Winery
Address: 400 California Avenue, Building 2 Annex
Telephone: (415) 756-4200
Open daily noon – 5PM.
This tasting room is located in an old World War II submarine training facility. Enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating with great views of the Bay. The focus here is on Italian varietals. Delicious wines!

Treasure Island Wines
Address: 995 9th Street, Building 201
Telephone: (415) 394-9463
Open weekends 1PM – 5PM and weekdays 1PM – 3PM.
Treasure Island Wines was the first winery to open on Treasure Island. All phases of their wine production takes place on the island with grapes brought in from Mendocino, Sonoma, the Sierra Foothills, and California’s Central Coast.

Vie Winery Treasure IslandVie Winery
Address: Clipper Cove Way, Building 448
Telephone: (415) 756-1791
Open weekends noon – 5PM.
Great wine with a unique urban vibe. Very casual. Karen, the tasting room hostess, was knowledgable and friendly. The tasting fee is $15, but it’s waived if you purchase a bottle of wine.

Play Bocce Treasure IslandThe Winery San Francisco
Address: 30 Avenue G
Telephone: (415) 735-8423
Open weekends noon – 5 PM.
The Winery San Francisco produces a variety of award winning wines. Our favorites were the Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Be sure to taste their popular sparkling wine, Glitter. This is a spacious wine tasting room that offers both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s dog friendly with great views of the San Francisco Bay. Plan a wedding or other private event at their venue on San Francisco’s Treasure Island.

Have you gone wine tasting on San Francisco’s Treasure Island? If you have, please take a minute leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experiences.

Is Lodi California’s Next Big Wine Region?

Lodi, California
Consumers have learned that Lodi is the place to go for quality wines at reasonable prices. The media has caught on. Wine Enthusiast announced in November that Lodi has been chosen as the 2015 “Wine Region of the Year”.

Lodi’s Wine History

Lodi Vineyard and OakHistorically, Lodi focused on growing Tokay grapes. These grapes were sold as table grapes, distilled into brandy, or fortified to make Port and Sherry-styled wines. By the 1990s most vineyards had converted to growing premium varietal winegrapes. This region became an official American Viticultural (AVA) in 1986.

This area has grown from just eight wineries in the early 1990s to almost 100 wineries today. Approximate 100,000 acres are planted with winegrapes. Most of these grapes go into large-scale wines. However, an increasing number of small family owned wineries are producing small lots of handcrafted wines.

Lodi Wines

D'Art Wine Label - Lodi Winery
A large variety of wines grow in this area, which is characterized by warm summer days and cool evenings. Both the Mokelumne and Cosumnes Rivers flow through this appellation; enriching the soil with granitic-based minerals that lend complex flavors to the wines.

Two-thirds of the wine grapes grown in the area are red. 40 percent of California’s Zinfandel is produced in here. Some of the Zinfandel vineyards date back to 1888. Spanish, Italian, Portugese, German, and Rhone grapes are all grown in the Lodi Wine Country.

Local winemakers are increasingly devoted to producing quality wines. They are experimenting with new ideas, different grapes, and new techniques. Their creative attitude continues to transform this region into an area known for producing world-class wines.

Lodi Wineries

Lodi Wineries
Plan a visit to this up and coming wine region. Find out why Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Lodi the “Wine Region of the Year”. Decide for yourself if this will be the next big wine region in California.

Click Here to learn about local Wineries. Get all of the information you need to go wine tasting soon. Find winery maps, addresses, hours they’re open, descriptions, and more.

Visit soon to find out why this area was chosen as the Wine Region of the Year!

Top Wineries With a View

Wineries with a viewDon’t miss the Top Wineries With a View. Enjoy both the wine and the scenery at these fabulous wineries. These are the top wineries for scenic beauty. These wineries will make a great stop on your next California wine tour.

People are always asking us what are favorite winery is. It’s a question that’s difficult to answer. We like wineries for different reasons. Some have fabulous wines. Others have breathtaking views or friendly hosts that create a fun tasting experience.

There are also those wineries with interesting features such as artwork, caves, interactive exhibits, and architecture.

Domaine CarnerosNapa Valley – Domaine Carneros
Domaine Carneros sits atop a hill in the Carneros region of Napa. It’s so fun to sit outside on the patio sipping great sparkling wine while enjoying the spectacular views of the Napa Valley.

This is a great place to take some time to sit down and relax. Order a cheese plate and enjoy an afternoon snack to go with the wine.

Ironhorse Winery Sonoma CountySonoma’s Russian River Valley – Ironhorse Vineyards
Ironhorse Vineryards has taken full advantage of the scenic view from their winery by building an outdoor tasting area. The stunning view can be enjoyed while sampling the day’s offerings. This winery is best known for their sparkling wines, but also produces delightful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

One of the top wineries with a view!

Story WineryAmador County – Story Winery
You don’t want to miss the beautiful view of the Consumnes River Canyon from this winery. Story is located north of the historic town of Plymouth.

Picnic at one of the tables set under towering oak trees. Bring you own lunch supplies or pre-order your picnic lunch and have your made-to-order lunch waiting when you arrive.

Holly's Hill WineryEl Dorado County – Holly’s Hill Winery
You couldn’t have ordered a more picture perfect setting for a winery than the expansive view from this mountain winery. The view from the tasting room deck is spectacular. Bring your camera and a picnic lunch.

Holly’s Hill Winery is a small family winery that specializes in small batches of quality wine. They have lovely blends as well as Chardonnay, Grenache Rose, Grenache, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bylington WinerySanta Cruz – Byington Vineyard & Winery
This winery is located in the Santa Cruz mountains in a tranquil setting. On clear days you can see the Pacific Ocean in the background. Bring a picnic and be prepared to relax in the fresh mountain air while treating yourself to panoramic views.

This winery produces a large variety of wines including blends, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Escape from your daily stress for a wine tasting getaway at one of the top wineries with a view.

Veris CellarsPaso Robles – Veris Cellars
Veris Cellars is located on the West side of Paso Robles. The vineyard next to their historic tasting room is the Central Coast’s most photographed wine property. The rolling hills covered with vineyards are gorgeous.

While visiting Veris Cellar, check out the driving range. In honor of their Ben Hogan line of wines, you can pick up a bucket of balls in the tasting room and drive the balls into the vineyard. This is the only winery I know of in California that has a driving range. Forgot your golf clubs? No problem, they will loan you clubs in the tasting room. One of the most unique wineries with a view!

Monte De OroTemecula – Monte De Oro
Monte De Oro is one of the newer wineries in Temecula. When the winery and elegant tasting room was built, they took full advantage of the scenic surroundings. The huge windows (34 feet wide by 45 feet high) offer panoramic views of the wine country with Mount Palomar in the background.

In addition, the tasting room has a glass floor allowing you to look down into the wine barrel room below. Be sure to sample their award winning wines and take time to enjoy the spectacular setting.

GoldeneyeMendocino County – Goldeneye Winery
Goldeneye is located in the Anderson Valley along Hwy. 128. This winery is the perfect place to stop, relax in a gorgeous setting, and enjoy some truly fabulous Pinot Noir.

The surrounding vineyards and redwood trees offer an unbeatable view and the winery grounds are beautiful as well.

Hahn WinerySalinas Valley – Hahn Winery
Hahn Winery is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The tasting room looks out over the Salinas Valley with panoramic views of vineyards and mountains.

Enjoy a picnic and gorgeous scenery sitting on the large deck outside the tasting room. The Salinas Valley is part of Monterey County.

Sterling Vineyards Calistoga (Napa Valley) – Sterling Vineyards
Ride the aerial tram to this hilltop winery where you will enjoy spectacular views and sample great wine.

Choose a table outside on the patio where servers will bring you delicious wines to sample while you sit, relax, and view the vineyards and redwoods below.

If you have visited any of these wineries with a view, please scroll down and leave a comment. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Picnic Ideas – Best Wineries for Picnics

Picnic Ideas Plan a picnic in the Wine Country. Explore fun picnic ideas and find the best wineries for picnics. You’ll find lots of choices for spending some time outdoors surrounded by gorgeous scenery.

Get ready to pack your favorite foods or pick up supplies along the way. Whether you’re planning a romantic day for two or a fun family outing, that perfect picnic spot is just waiting to be discovered.

Best Wineries for Picnics in the Napa Valley

picnic spotRutherford Hill Winery
Address: 200 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, CA
Telephone: (707) 963-1871
Picnic among the olive trees overlooking the Napa Valley. Amazing Views! Explore the area for the best picnic spot; there are lots to choose from. Rutherford Hill also offers an interesting tour of their caves. Tip for picnic ideas: Pick up lunch suppliesat Oakville Grocery on Hwy. 29, a Napa Valley landmark.


Best Wineries for Picnics in Sonoma County

Passalacqua WineryPassalacqua Winery
Address: 3805 Lambert Bridge Rd., Healdsburg, CA
Telephone: (707) 433-5550
Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM
Passalacqua Winery has incredible views of the Dry Creek Valley.Call ahead to reserve a picnic table. You can picnic on the deck overlooking amazing scenery. This boutique winery produces some very good Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Tip for picnic ideas: Stop by Dry Creek General Store (3495 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg)for picnic supplies. They have great food and some unique choices.

Best Wineries for Picnics in Mendocino

Goldeneye Anderson Valley Goldeneye Anderson Valley
Address: 9200 Hwy. 128, Philo, CA
Telephone: (707) 895-3202
Open daily 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
Goldeneye has outstanding Pinot Noir. Sip premium wines and enjoy a picnic in the most beautiful setting. Surround yourself with vineyard views, redwood trees in the background, and lush landscaping. Tables are scattered along the patio where you are served wines as part of your tasting.

Best Wineries for Picnics Along California’s Central Coast

Byington Winery & VineyardByington Vineyard & Winery
Address: 21850 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos, CA
Telephone: (408) 354-1111
Open daily for Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM
Great views in the Santa Cruz Mountains. On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean. In addition to tables there are gas and charcoal grills you can use, but you need to bring the tools. They also have a bocce ball court. Beautifully landscaped grounds. Tip for picnic ideas: Visit the deli at Ben Lomond Market for delicious take-out. (9440 Mill St., Ben Lomond).

Best Wineries for Picnics in the Sierra Foothills

Best wineries for picnicsDeaver Vineyards – Amador County
Address: 12455 Steiner Rd., Plymouth, CA 95669
Telephone: (209) 245-4099
Open Daily 11 AM – 5 PM
Deaver Vineyards is a great place for a picnic. There are picnic tables overlooking a lake with large trees and an expansive lawn area. Pick up a bottle of one of their California style Ports to sip by the lake. They produce a large variety of other wines as well. Stop by the Amador Vintage Market at 9393 Main Street in downtown Plymouth. Delicious meals to go!

Best Wineries for Picnics in the Central Valley

Viaggio Estate & Winery

Viaggio Estate & Winery – Lodi
Address: 100 E. Taddei Rd., Acampo, CA 95220
Open Fri.-Sat noon-8PM; Sun. 12-6PM.
Gorgeous winery located on the Mokelumne River. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. There’s a large lawn area. Spread a blanket along the river to enjoy the serenity of the river or dine on their large outdoor patio.

Best Wineries for Picnics in Southern California

Belle Marie Winery – San Diego
Address: 26312 Mesa Rock Rd., Escondido, CA
Telephone: (760) 797-7557
Open Wed. – Mon. 11 AM – 6 PM
The grounds at Belle Marie Winery in Escondido overlook a spectacular view. Enjoy a picnic in their tranquil setting. They have a wide range of both white and red wines to taste.

Do you have a favorite winery for a picnic? We are always looking for great picnic ideas.