Open house, Livermore's own Thomas Coyne Winery

Just a few weeks back I went to go visit Thomas Coyne Winery because they were having their open house.  As always the property instantly relaxes you when walking up to the entrance.  Something about that 100 year old building with the fantastic view over looking the vineyards.  Oh yes, to top it all off, they make great wine too.  When you visit one of their open house events, prepare to taste a lot of wine!

From their 2011 California Sparkling Wine to the 2009 Confluence, they have so much to offer.  So back to the open house, they were offering some new releases that day.  I’ve included the wines below and a blurb taken from their release notes.

2011 Viognier, California $17- The grapes for this wine come from a small vineyard on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  The grapes were pressed, barrel fermented and aged “surlie” for five months in French oak barrels.  The wine exhibits a peach and honeysuckle Character.  

2011 GRUV, Lodi $20- The grapes for this white Rhone blend are from various Lodi vineyards.  The grapes were pressed, settled, then cold-fermented in French oak barrels.  This amazing wine is made up of 41% Grenache Blanc, 40% Rousanne, 10% Ugni Blanc and 9% Viognier.  

2011 California Sparkling Wine Method Traditional $30- This wine is a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Blanc and 21% Pinot Noir.  Fermented in the bottle by the traditional method with a dosage of 2%. 

2010 Zinfandel-Livermore Valley-$20 This Zinfandel comes from a very small vineyard in Livermore.  The wine was blended with a small amount of Petite Sirah and aged in French oak for eighteen months.  the wine is very fruit forward with a rich oak finish.

Each of these releases I enjoyed a lot.  Can anyone guess what I liked the most?  Leave you guess down below in the comments.  If you have been following my blogs, the answer should be pretty obvious!  Hope that you folks can give Thomas Coyne a try if you haven’t already.  It’s a place you can go to taste and stay to enjoy the wine along with the view.  Don’t take my word for it, get out there and give it a shot.


 *51 E. Vallecitos Road Livermore, CA 94550* (925) 373-6541*

                                    The winery is open weekends noon to 5PM for tasting.

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