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Wente

Speaking of established players, Wente is the biggest producer in the region. 26th largest winery in the state in fact, but that shouldn’t prevent you from paying them a visit. It’s a great place to get introduced to the wines of the region, and to some wines from Monterey as well, where Wente has extensive vineyard holdings. You should try their Monterey Chardonnay: Riva Ranch and the Livermore Morning Fog, they are great values. For me the wine that made the biggest impression me was the 2011 Wente Cabernet Sauvignon Charles Wetmore Livermore 13.5%. It’s a classic Cabernet, a bit savory, not excessively rich or dense. It really speaks about the potential of Livermore and the deep gravelly soils found here, on very familiar terms.

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  • Snooth User: napagirl68
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    You picked the LAST wineries I would visit in my hometown. What should have been on the list is Occasio, Steven Kent, 3 Steves, Nottingham Cellars, Bent Creek, and La Rochelle for starters. I would pass on Wente, and Page Mill makes some of the worst wine I've tasted!

    Jan 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM


  • Snooth User: Zuiko
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    True to their heritage, Wente has produced a long string of late harvest wines. Their long gone hand written label wines from Monterey are still alive in their Late Harvest 2010 Riesling. It is a tremendous wine and the reason I still go back.

    Jan 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM


  • I'm so glad Page Mill made the cut! I have enjoyed their wines since they moved to Livermore.

    Jan 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Ouch Napagirl! I was trying to show the range of wines available from Livermore. Looks like at least one Snoother likes the page mill wines!

    Jan 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM


  • Snooth User: Mtdiablowines
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    Hey everybody, wine is so subjective what I like you my not.
    That said why not go 20 mile north and check out the wineries in contra costa county.
    Or go thru the tunnel and check out the urban guys.
    Cheers to all

    Jan 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM


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