By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 3:38 pm in Corkheads.
Instead of another trip to Napa or Sonoma, wind down the summer with one of these off-the-radar wine events. They have a lot to offer, including oysters and zinfandel.
17th Annual Bodega Seafood, Art, & Wine Festival: Aug. 27-28. This is northern California’s largest seafood feast, which, by default, could make it the area’s largest sparkling wine feast too.
Like the way I think? Then check it out. Thirty wineries. A dozen microbreweries. And 15 restaurants. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 in advance. Location is Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Hwy, Bodega. For more information, visit the festival’s Web site.
30th Livermore Harvest Wine Celebration: Sept. 4-5. Thirty two wineries will open their doors or assemble to indulge you in their region’s juice. This is one of the only wine festivals I’m aware of that offers bus transportation (Sunday only) on three different routes. See wineries for Monday activities. Noon to 5 p.m. daily. Ticket prices vary. Several locations around the Livermore Valley. For more information, visit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.