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Harvest Wine celebration on tap today only

33rd year for event in Livermore Valley wine country

Enjoy the fruit of the vines at the Harvest Wine Celebration, being held for the 33rd year today only in the Livermore Valley wine country.

The festivities have evolved and been tweaked during the last three decades. Surveys showed that guests enjoyed the Sunday events the most, so this year, the celebration is being held for one day only, from noon to 5 p.m. today.

"Everyone's favorite parts of the Harvest Wine Celebration -- music, arts and craft vendors, local foods and festivities at all the wineries -- will continue," said Chris Chandler, executive director of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.

He also noted that the shuttle buses between wineries have been eliminated because they weren't meeting guests' expectations.

This year, 37 wineries are participating with events at their tasting rooms. Seven more wineries will be pouring at either Concannon Vineyard or Wente Vineyards on Tesla Road. All locations will offer wine tasting, fresh food vendors, artisans and music.

"We are combining efforts to serve the best wine for attendees and also have added reserve tasting experiences at each winery for a nominal additional fee," Chandler said.

The event is open to ticket holders only. Guests can purchase wristbands ahead of time or at wineries during the event for $45, which includes tastings of two wine varietals at each winery, a commemorative wine glass and an event program.

Tickets for the wristbands are for sale at the Wine Steward on Main Street in Pleasanton, at Safeway stores and online. Designated drivers can buy tickets for $10 at wineries on the day of the event.

The Harvest Wine Celebration is a fundraiser for the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. For more information, visit the website or call 925-447-WINE (447-9463).

Although Monday, Labor Day, is no longer officially part of the 33rd annual Harvest Wine Celebration, some wineries have said they also will honor wristbands on that day.

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