Livermore Valley Wine

The Livermore Valley AVA is located within Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay region of California’s Central Coast. It’s one of the oldest regions, with a grape-growing history that dates back to the 1700s, beginning with missionaries planting grapes for ceremonial wines and expanding with the pioneer settlements into the 19th century. The region is named for Robert Livermore, who founded the first commercial vineyard in the 1840s. The successful vineyard started by James Concannon in 1883 has been named a historical landmark. By 1889, wines from Livermore Valley were winning gold at the Paris Exposition. It’s also the region that is credited with the first varietal labellings of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Syrah and it is thought that a large percentage of Chardonnay vines grown today are descendants of Livermore Valley vines.

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Merlot Livermore Valley 2011


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Mcgrail Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay 2012


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Three Wishes Merlot Livermore Valley NV


    I was pretty impressed with the smoothness of this wine for the price. Brought a bottle of Cab Sauvignon home from Three Wishes. Looking forward to trying it. Read More

    Wine review by Scooby

  • OK, check this out: I have been trying to make room in my storage ... ... ... 1979 Estate Bottled Livermore Valley Petite Sirah--Celebrating 100 years of winemaking.Well, I just tasted it and it is excellent.  Smokey, leathery nose.  Some stone fruit flavors that are covered by the smokiness.  Very, very short finish on an uncomplicated wine ... Read More

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  • Concannon Estate Bottled Livermore Valley Petite Sirah 1979


    Very nice aromas--smokey, leathery. Interesting fruitiness on the initial taste--something of stone fruits covered with the smokiness. There is a certain lightness in the back of the palate that portends a fairly short finish. This wine does not come with multiple levels of complexity, but it is very enjoyable. $US16.25 at Lawry's California ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Page Mill Cabernet Franc Livermore Valley Ghielmetti Vineyard 2011


    Floral and full of chaparral herb aromas on the nose along with some modest wood and plenty of sweet/tart red fruits. With an attractive blend of sweetness and savoriness without too much heaviness and weight on the palate this is rather light and fresh with mineral inflected tannins early on the palate. Tart red fruit, showing a bit of rhubarb... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Page Mill Chardonnay Chandler Vineyard Livermore Valley 2012


    Stony, dusty, and slightly gamy on the nose with pear skin and old wood aromas. Simple and straightforward on entry, showing lovely purity of fruit, in a clean, fresh, and modestly complex style. There is a fine lying autolytic floral and softly Brie like character on the back end with good length and nice freshness on the finish. The fruit is o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Murrieta's Well Port Blend Livermore Valley Port 2012


    100% Touriga NacionalA bit spirity but showing fabulous spice and blue fruit and flowers flooding the nose with hints of mint, cinnamon, orange peel, and a medicinal hint of quinine Fairly sweet, smooth and polished in the mouth. Rich with raisins and dates and dried cherry fruit topped with some black tea, chocolate, carob, quinine, and some c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Murrieta's Well Touriga Francesca Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2009


    Tight on the nose, dusty with a bit of beet root, and some inky, ashy minerality along with moderately imposing toasty oaks spice. Big, powerful, and mouth filling with sweetish, blue plum fruit framed with hints of ink, rhubarb, and again minerals. Packed with soft tannins and fairly powerful for the Murrieta's Well line-up, this lineup, this s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Murrieta's Well Zarzuela Los Tesoros Livermore Valley 2011


    32% Souzao, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Tempranillo, 13%Barbera, 11% Graciano, 1%TourigaEarthy on the nose with an early bit of cedar followed by dark blue fruit, vanilla, earthy fruit that is a bit plummy, wood shavings, and a hint of juniper. rather full on entry with an early hint of juniper in the mouth, followed by lovely blue fruit with violet f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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