Tomorrow is our 2nd Annual Grape Stomp at McGrail Vineyards. We will pick Petite Sirah from a neighbors vineyard early tomorrow morning and around noon we will welcome guests to try their best at stomping grapes. (Don't worry, we actually discard the juice -- it's only for fun!)
The front lawn of McGrail Vineyards and Winery will be laid out with 6 half barrels filled with grapes. Get a group of 6 together or just come on your own and we'll fill in the extra spots and race to stomp out the most juice. Everyone will get to stomp for 1 minute and then the juice will be measured and the winner gets a prize. Everyone that participates will take home a "I stomped Grapes at McGrail Vineyards" t-shirt and you can add your purple toes to the shirt.
If you decide to just watch the grape stomp you will have a great time as well! TankHalfFull will be entertaining the guests with live music and food will be available to purchase by Posada Catering. Come out to McGrail Vineyards tomorrow: Saturday, September 29th 12-4PM.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
McGrail Vineyards and Winery Celebrates California Wine Month with Two Winemaker Dinners
LIVERMORE, CA – September 13, 2012 – McGrail Vineyards and Winery is celebrating California Wine Month along with the Wine Institute. Governor Jerry Brown, proclaimed California Wine Month, for the eighth consecutive year, where we celebrate the states rich wine history, abundant agricultural efforts, and lifestyle and economic impact of wine country. Wine regions across California are popping corks this month to celebrate all that our great state has to offer.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery is participating in two winemaker dinners in the month of September. On September 18, 2012, Livermore Valley Winemakers will team together to showcase the Valley’s terroir with creations from Blackhawk Grille. This 5 course meal will include wines from Wente Vineyards, Darcie Kent, Steven Kent Winery, McGrail Vineyards, and Wood Family Vineyards. Tickets are $95 and reservations are accepted by calling Blackhawk Grille (925) 736-4295.
September 25, 2012, McGrail and Double Barrel Wine Bar, in Livermore, will pair for the second time, for an eclectic Winemaker Dinner. McGrail Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Double Barrels cocoa rubbed pork belly pairing took home the top honors at the Livermore Valley Taste of Terroir event in July, 2012. The “Judges Best” winners were thrilled and excited to expand on their pairing for an entire evening of food and wine indulgences.
Executive chef, Tony Murray and Sous Chef Ashley Ullrich, put together a dazzling menu that includes Tasmanian salmon, oysters & pearls, pork belly, duck and white bean cassoulet, and dessert. McGrail Vineyards winemaker, Mark Clarin, explained that a special, not released, small lot Cabernet from McGrail will be paired with one of the courses. This special bottle is the James Vincent Cabernet which is aged for 30 months in new French oak and runs $65/bottle.
For reservations and tickets, please contact Double Barrel Wine Bar at (925) 243-7463 or Kristin@doublebarrelwinebar.com.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery, located in the Livermore Valley American Viticulture Area in Northern California, is owned by the McGrail family. Double Barrel Wine Bar, located in Downtown Livermore is owned and operated by Kristin and Robert Armstrong.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
McGrail Vineyards and Winery Cabernet Wins Best Cabernet for the Ladies in Cabernet Shootout 2012
LIVERMORE, CA – January 31, 2012 – McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from McGrail Vineyards and Winery, a family-owned producer of premium wines in the Livermore Valley, recently placed in the top thirty at the 7th Annual Cabernet Shootout and was then voted the number one wine for women by the three hundred consumers that showed up at The Winery SF on Treasure Island.
The 7th Annual Cabernet Shootout hosted by Affairs of the Vine and the Bay Area Wine Society included 287 Cabernet Sauvignon entrants from 56 different appellations. This prestigious blind tasting was conducted by two panels—one all male and one all female. The wine writers, sommeliers, winemakers and wine professionals blindly taste over a period of 6 to 12 weeks.
McGrail Vineyards’ 2008 Reserve Cabernet was among the top ten wines selected by both the male and female panelists, scoring a 91 and 4 hearts, the highest honor. The top 32 wines were then invited to San Francisco for a large consumer tasting event and competition.
The 2008 McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from McGrail was voted the number one wine for women by Bay Area Wine Society and placed in the top 4 for men’s favorite Cabernet. The wine is well balanced with notes of black cherries, vanilla, blackberries, dark caramel, cola and toasted marshmallows.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery, located in the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area in Northern California, is owned by the McGrail family. The 2008 Reserve Cabernet took home the Sweepstakes Red Wine Win for the SF Chronicle just two weeks before winning with the Bay Area Wine Society.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery Cabernet
named Best Red Wine in SF
Chronicle Wine Competition
LIVERMORE, CA – January 31, 2012 – McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from McGrail Vineyards and Winery, a family-owned producer of premium wines in the Livermore Valley, won the Sweepstakes Red Wine Award from the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery was one of six Sweepstakes wine winners in the competition. Categories include Sparking, Rose, White, Red, Dessert, and Label Design.
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has awarded Sonoma Valley, Russian River, and Paso Robles the Sweepstakes Red Wine Award in the past few years, but this is the first time Livermore Valley has achieved the highest accolade at the largest domestic wine competition in the US, with over 5,500 entrants.
The 2008 McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from McGrail is well balanced with notes of blackberry, dark cherry, cassis, vanilla, dark caramel, and chocolate covered cherries. The tannins give nice structure and the finish is velvety smooth.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery, located in the Livermore Valley American Viticulture Area in Northern California, is owned by the McGrail family. The tasting room opened four years ago on the Greenville Hill with expansive views of the Valley.