Occasio News

90 Points! 2011 Founder’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

90 Points! 2011 Founder’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2014 In awarding the wine 90 points, editor Virginie Boone writes, “Juicy with ripe tannins, it tastes lovingly hand-crafted, detailed and focused in black currant, berry and leather. Though rich and luxurious it retains ample natural acidity to buoy its way through a meal […]

Five Wines for 4th of July

In her June 23rd Contra Costa Times column, Mercury News wine and food reporter Jessica Yadegaran highlighted our Zinfandel in a column “Five Wines for 4th of July: Surefire Vino to Pair with Grilled Food.” She wrote, “Occasio Del Arroyo Vineyard Zinfandel (Livermore Valley) – Several cool vintages in Livermore have resulted in wonderfully integrated […]

2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition have been released. Out of more than 5800 entries, Occasio has been awarded several medals, including Double-Gold Best of Class for our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and Double-Gold for our new red wine blend, TELOS! Also receiving a Gold medal was our 2011 Petite Sirah, scheduled […]

Arrival of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

The arrival of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc kicked off our 2013 harvest with a bang, and the yeasts are now busy turning the juices into wine. With all of our white wines actively fermenting, it is safe to say that this year’s harvest has been one of the best in memory. The six weeks prior […]

2010 Del Arroyo Zinfandel awarded Gold in the 2013 Best of the Bay Zinfandel Challenge

We were informed today that our 2010 Del Arroyo Zinfandel from the historic Livermore Valley continues its gold medal winning ways- awarded the Gold Medal in the 2013 Best of the Bay Zinfandel Challenge, competing against such famous regions as Alexander Valley, Calaveras, Lodi, Napa, Paso Robles, and the Santa Cruz Mountains! Livermore- California’s first […]

Occasio went 7 for 7 in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Livermore Valley scored big in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and we are pleased to report that Occasio went 7 for 7 in this medal count- including gold medals on upcoming releases of new wines. The first of these gold medal wines, our 2010 Livermore Valley Zinfandel, debuts February 21st at our complimentary […]

Heritage Collection wines released

This week, we release the first of our Heritage Collection wines, wines crafted to express a sense of place, providing an emotional connection to the earth in which they were grown. Fruit for our Heritage Collection is meticulously selected from the outset- sourced, grown, and harvested only for the program. The wines are crafted with […]

2009 Occasio Petit Verdot given a 90 point rating

James Beard Award winning wine writer Anthony Dias Blue gave our 2009 Occasio Petit Verdot a 90 point rating in the August issue of the Tasting Panel Magazine. Blue calls it “lush and dense with rich plum and blackberry fruit; ripe, concentrated and long with nice vanilla notes; complex and balanced.”

Review of our 92-point Angelica

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has published the written review for our 92-point Angelica. Virginie Boone writes, “This wine is gorgeous, with flavors of hazelnut, pear and ripe green apple. It’s crisp, balanced and perfectly sweetened. Mixed with vodka and fresh fruit juices, it also makes a fine cocktail.” Though it’s too late to purchase our 2010, […]

2009 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon receives highest recognition

Our 2009 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon received the highest recognition for winemaking achievement in Livermore Valley, chosen best in three categories: Best Cabernet, Best Red Wine, and Best in Show. The awards were announced by the Tri-Valley Conservancy as part of their Livermore Uncorked Celebration. A panel of more than a dozen wine writers, reviewers, […]

2010 Angelica has been given a 92-point rating

News just in- Wine Enthusiast Magazine has given our 2010 Angelica a 92-point rating, scheduled to be written up in the June 2012 issue of their buyers guide. This is the highest rating that Wine Enthusiast has given to an Angelica-styled wine, and the highest rating ever given to a dessert wine from Livermore Valley.

2009 Cabernet Franc has received a 90-point rating

We were informed by Wine Enthusiast Magazine that our 2009 Cabernet Franc has received a 90-point rating. Wine editor Virginie Boone writes, ” Occasio continues to plumb the depths of the Del Arroyo vineyard and its abilities with each of the red Bordeaux grapes, this time deftly showing what it can do with the enfent […]

2009 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon given a 90-point rating

The editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine have given our 2009 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon a 90-point rating. This was our first Cab, and we are delighted with the result. The rating will appear in the May, 2012, issue of the magazine.

2009 Petite Sirah selected as April 2012’s Cellar Selection

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has announced that our 2009 Petite Sirah, Del Arroyo Vineyard, will be its Cellar Selection for the April, 2012 issue of the magazine. Cellar Selection is reserved only for wines that the editors believe are highly collectible and worthy of aging in a temperature controlled environment. The editors write, “”This is lovely […]

Occasio Winery Claims Another Heritage Varietal for Livermore

Petit Verdot Has 100 Year History in the Valley Occasio winemaker and “vit-historian” John Kinney continues to seek out heritage varietals with a long history of exceptional performance in Livermore Valley and his latest discovery is sure to ruffle some Napa feathers! Though Livermore’s historic importance in pioneering grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon […]

Gold Medal for 2009 Del Arroyo Vineyard Petite Sirah

Our 2009 Del Arroyo Vineyard Petite Sirah took home the gold medal at this year’s 2011 International Women’s Wine Competition. This continues our record of 100% Gold or higher scoring for our Del Arroyo Vineyard Petites.

2010 Del Arroyo Vineyard Fume’ Blanc – Best Wines of the Year

We just heard that our 2010 Del Arroyo Vineyard Fume’ Blanc was rated 90-pts by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The writeup will appear in the December 2011 issue- Best Wines of the Year. We will post the full writeup when it becomes available.

Livermore Valley Petit Verdot awarded 92 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Our 2008 Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley Petit Verdot was just awarded 92 points in the October issue of the Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This is the highest rating given to a Petit Verdot in the magazines 23 year history. Here is what reviewer Virginie Boone had to say, “A sensational varietal Petit Verdot that’s rich and […]

Harvest begins

Harvest begins in earnest today, as we harvest our Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir from the Del Arroyo Vineyard. This is turning out to be the finest harvest in Livermore Valley in many years. A cool summer gave us long hang time and still preserved beautiful acidity.