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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Concannon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2011

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    Luscious and elegant aromas are earthy and slightly herbaceous, full of deep dark black fruit, green bell pepper and black cherry. Explosive flavors are ripe, juicy and powerful with black cherry, black licorice, black olive, blackberry preserves, and leather. Clove and cinnamon grace the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2010

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    Cabernets are among our very favorite, so disappointed is mild compared to the bitter after taste of this 2011 vintage. The bouquet resembled acetone; we ended up discarding the rest of the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by chesterbrewmeister


  • Yeah, and what about hospital volunteers?  Or volunteers at a homeless shelter? or Pet rescue?  What about children volunteering at these places?  Going to read to the elderly at the nursing home?And let's say you own your own little business.  Your employee calls in sick so your best buddy comes in to help out.  Illegal as well?  Volunteers at ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another attack on wine...


  • Channel 7 is a little late to this party. We've been discussing this on WB for months. Sad story indeed. ere is the text of the letter Westover vineyars sent folks on their mailing list -  Westover Vineyards  Dancing COWs Important Announcement    Westover to start processof closing the tasting room and ending the C.O.W./P.L.O.W. clubs    We wil... Read More

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  • As long as I've been wine tasting, I've encountered "volunteers'... those who pour for the winery, and get to learn the business, meet folks, and generally have a good time.  This has been going on for decades.  Now, it seems, the powers that be are cracking down on wineries for various crimes.  Evidently the use of volunteers is illegal.  Why t... Read More

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  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Merlot Livermore Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Mcgrail Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Three Wishes Merlot Livermore Valley NV

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    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

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    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


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