Research Friday At Wente's Tasting Room

It was wet, rainy, and cold this Research Friday, but we were not going to let that deter us.  Rachel got a better offer (if you can call the Justin Bieber movie a better offer) so it was just Julia, Jenny, and I.  It wasn’t until the last minute that we were able to decide on our RF location, but Wente’s Arroyo tasting room seemed to be the right fit for the day.  Julia and Jenny enjoyed a nice bite to eat at the Wente Grill, a place I would recommend on a warm sunny day when you can enjoy the patio seating and the view of the rolling green grass of the Wente golf course.  I met the girls as they finished their lunch and due to the downpour of rain, we drove the very short distance across the parking lot to the tasting room.

I have always admired the Spanish architecture of the Wente event center and tasting room.  It’s beauty was not lost even on the dreary day we were experiencing.  Now this might be hard to believe, but after years of living in Livermore, visiting the wineries, and enjoying Livermore wine I had never been in to taste wine at either of Wente’s tasting rooms.  I have enjoyed dinning at the Wente Grill and the Restaurant at Wente Vineyards.  I have been to weddings in the Wente event center.  I have tasted wine at the tasting rooms of Wente’s sister wineries, Tamas Estates and Murietta’s Well.  I even have a print of the Wente event center hanging on my wall at home.  Unfortunately I had not yet passed through Wente’s tasting room doors.

We walked into the tasting room and I was surprised by what I saw.  With Wente being the largest producer of wine in the Livermore Valley, I was expecting a multi square foot, expansive tasting room similar to those found in Napa or around the corner at Conannon.  The tasting room was beautifully decorated and larger than most boutique wineries in the valley, but I was please to see that Wente has kept that small boutique feel at the Arroyo tasting room.

We tasted some fantastic wines and learned, or more appropriately put were reminded, that Wente offers a tour of their facilities on Tesla Road and a tour of their caves on the Arroyo property.  The Cave Tour & Tastings are offered at 2:00pm on Saturday and Sundays with a limit of 18 people per session. The cost for the Cave Tour & Tasting is $15 for Wine Club Members and $20 for Guests.  This is definitely a tour I would like to do in the near future.

Maybe next Research Friday we can round off my Wente experience with a visit to the Wente Estate tasting room on Tesla.  Until then reflect on the beauty of God’s creation.

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