Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and wine making in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.

Explore a different part of Livermore Valley wine country with this itinerary for a great afternoon of wine tasting with a minimum of driving. In February, we start on Vallecitos Road, formerly known as Highway 84.

1. Housed in a historic winery, Fenestra was founded in 1976 and offers a friendly, warm welcome to all. Taste the wide variety of award-winning wines of owner Lanny Replogle and winemaker Meredith Miles, while enjoying the country ambience. The picnic grounds are bordered by a creek with the vineyards in view. At 83 Vallecitos Road in Livermore, it's open for wine tasting Friday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. with a $5 fee (www.fenestrawinery.com).

2. Less than 2 miles away on Wetmore Road is Las Positas Vineyards, where you can enjoy award-winning wines and breathtaking views of some of the oldest vineyards in Livermore Valley. Las Positas Vineyards is a family winery, wedding and event venue that produces small lots of estate-grown wines with unique character and exceptional quality. Check out their fun Movie Night series and winemaker tours offered every second and fourth Friday. Open Friday to Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. with a $5 tasting fee. It's located at 1828 Wetmore Road in Livermore (www.laspositasvineyards.com).


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3. If you continue east on Wetmore and turn left on Arroyo Road, you'll find Cuda Ridge Wines on the right. Also family-owned, Cuda Ridge does extensive blending of varietals and strives for lower-alcohol wines with intense complexity and character, traditional of the Bordeaux style. Their new facility offers a true wine country setting with a picnic area beside the estate Petit Verdot vineyard. Packaged picnic items are available for purchase. Located at 2400 Arroyo Road in Livermore, it's open Friday through Sunday from 12 4:30 p.m. with a $10 tasting fee (www.cudaridgewines.com).

4. A bit further north on Arroyo Road, a right turn on Marina Avenue takes you to Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery. This family-owned vineyard and winery was founded by longtime Livermore residents Garry and Nancy Rodrigue. The winery specializes in cabernet sauvignon, Livermore varietals, Italian varietal wines and full-bodied blends. Taste estate-bottled wines while roaming the drought-resistant gardens or enjoy a bottle of wine with a picnic under the old shade trees. It's open Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. with a $5 tasting fee and located at 3053 Marina Ave. in Livermore (www.rmwinery.com).

The newest way to tour Las Positas Vineyards, Cuda Ridge Wines and several other local wineries is on a Segway personal transporter. The Livermore Tour Company offers seven different guided 2.5-hour tours for $98 per person, which includes instruction, wine tasting fees and bottled water. After getting comfortable on a Segway, guests glide over beautiful routes with vineyard views. Visit www.livermoretours.com for details and reservations. For more winery information and help planning your trip to Livermore Valley wine country, please visit www.LVwine.org.

Wine Country Events

  • Valentine's Dinner at Café Garré -- 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at Garre Vineyard & Winery, 7986 Tesla Road in Livermore 94550; www.garrewinery.com. Cost: $150 per couple. Wine and dine your Valentine! Enjoy a romantic four-course dinner paired with award-winning wines set to a performance by Elegant Touch of Strings.

  • Wine & Food Pairing Trail -- 12 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Rodrigue Molyneaux, Cuda Ridge Wines, Las Positas Vineyards and Fenestra Winery; www.laspositasvineyards.com. Cost: $30 (tickets available at Eventbrite). Follow a progressive food and wine pairing trail designed to brighten a winter day with food, fun and wine. Visit four family-owned, boutique wineries whose wines will be paired with just the right food. Start at Rodrigue Molyneaux, make your way to Cuda Ridge and Las Positas and end your day with an award-winning port wine and dessert at Fenestra.