Page Mill Syrah

Page Mill Syrah

 After a busy week of dealing with work and life in general, I found myself at home on my day off having to complete some unfinished projects.  This was definitely not the way I had planned to spend my time away from work.  I had been hoping to get out to a couple of the […]

Tips for Hosting a Graduation Party in the Livermore Valley Wine Country

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With the end of the school year vastly approaching and many colleges already commencing for the year, it is time to start thinking about graduation.  Many of you will be seeing your child graduate from either Kindergarten, 8th grade, high school, or college.   Many will be celebrating these momentous and even tear-jerking events with family […]

Sneak Peek: Longevity Petite Sirah

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One of the perks of hanging out with the winemakers of the Livermore Valley is that often times we have the opportunity to taste wine before it has been released.

If you have followed our blog, then you have heard us sing to praises of the small Livermore Valley winery, Longevity Wines, which has […]

Livermore Valley – A Hidden Gem for California Wines & Great Times

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When I my wife & I visited the Livermore Valley last year, we knew little about the delights the region had to offer. Coming from the UK, we weren’t sure quite what to expect. I have written this post in order to sing the praises of the people of the Livermore Valley. Although this […]

Livermore's Taste of Terroir Truly An Experience To Remember

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Judges' Best Pairing Winner Collin Cranor of Nottingham Cellars

What a fantastic night.  The Taste of Terroir has got to be one of the best events in the Livermore Valley.  The Palm Event Center was the perfect place to make this event magical.  Rachel and I showed up at 6 and we could see […]

Livermore Wines Failing?

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I was recently made aware of a blog article written by Steve Heimoff, a writer with Wine Enthusiast Magazine, which was titled, “Trying to rescue a failing appellation.” It was not a flattering article for the Livermore Wine Country and in the course of the article Heimoff wrote off Livermore as being the weak link, […]

Research Friday At Wente's Tasting Room

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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 […]

Red to kick-off the Christmas season

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Thanksgiving weekend means reaching up in the attic to get the Christmas decorations un-boxed. After a few near falls from the ladder, a couple spilt ornament boxes and too many finger-pointing episodes, we are now relaxing with the red from today’s wine alert. Wente’s 2007 Smith Bench Zinfandel from Livermore Valley is bringing the […]

Wente Smith Bench Zinfandel

Wente Smith Bench Zinfandel

Last night Rachel came home after a girl’s day out and surprised me with a bottle of Wente Vineyards 2007 Smith Bench Zinfandel. Rachel told me that the girls made a stop at the Grocery Outlet and Julia told her the Smith Bench was a must try for both its flavor and its price […]