Vacations are a chance to change your scenery, get out and see the world, taste something impulsive, fight for bragging rights on your Facebook page. They are a time when friends and family are able to go away together and form unforgettable bonds. Summer is the perfect canvas for these vacations, the weather is beautiful, time off from work is acceptable, children are out of school. What better time can you imagine to check out of “life” for a while and just enjoy those things that are around you? Memories are engraved into your heart.
My family and I love to take long vacations and mini vacations as well. The last few weeks have been filled with many wonderful and well deserved “time-outs”, starting with a mini-trip to an A’s game. If you know me, you know that I have always loved going to see one of our home teams, the Oakland A’s. I started out loving going to these games as a young twenty something. My friends and I would escape and drive out to the Oakland Bart station, park at a free spot and buy a cheap ticket to the game. We would buy the family night hot dog and soda for $1 a piece and then eventually float down to one of the very vacant lower deck seats around the fourth inning. There were no guards or ticket checkers then. Once in a while you would find a disgruntled ticket holder that insisted you were sitting in his season ticketed spot. Other than that, it was wonderful.
A couple of weeks ago, Carl and I found ourselves at the Oakland Coliseum once again, for an Oakland A’s game against the San Diego Padres. This time we were wise enough to have bought the proper tickets, park in the proper place, sit in the proper seats and eat our properly packed dinners. How boring can two forty-somethings get? It was a fireworks night and the weather was 70 degrees, no sign of clouds or fog, a small bit of crisp in the air. Perfect. The only thing that would have made this night that much more perfect would be a glorious glass of Livermore wine. The small 12 oz box of smuggled in chardonnay was not really doing much for me. The small 3oz of commercialized and expensive non-Livermore wine that was being sold at the coliseum didn’t really spark an interest in me either.
As I sat there swirling my smuggled wine, I began contemplating and wondering why Livermore wines were not an option to be sold at the Coliseum. A mere 25 miles west of the Livermore wine country away and I would take a wild guess that the majority of wine drinkers that were in attendance that evening would not have ever tasted Livermore wine, let alone even begin to fantasize that this forum would be in any type of contract to sell Livermore wine. Why is this?
As my fantasy continued, I imagined an Oakland Coliseum that served such wines as McGrail’s Livemore Wisner Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay, Crooked Vines 2011 Livermore Valley Del Arroyo Vineyards Fume Blanc, Nottingham Cellars 2011 Livermore Vineyard Arroyo Seco Viognier, Cuda Ridge 2009 Livermore Valley Merlot or the Longevity 2009 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to name a few. Why not? Why can’t we imagine that in one of the most progressive, famous, and popular places in the world that just 25 miles east is a wine country that boasts unbelievable wines, unprecedented views and outrageous sunsets? Why wouldn’t we boast a little? Why would we keep this a BIG secret? One would say we weren’t, but I would have to question that, I think we are. I think we are keeping the Livermore Valley to ourselves. It is great for us, but such a tragedy for the rest of the wine loving world. Bryersantis was formed to familiarize the world with the Livermore Valley. Our mission has always been to get the word out that you don’t have to go that far for beautiful and unmatched wines. Livermore Valley has it all. If you don’t believe me, then you need to come out to Livermore and start tasting. With well over 50 wineries, something is sure to capture what your palette is longing for. Give Livermore Valley a chance next time you are taking a mini-vacation. You will be rewarded for your efforts. Cheers!