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In 2012, two families decided to officially start a winery. Wanting to own a vineyard and build a winery facility from the ground up, they purchased a 6-acre Syrah vineyard and adjoining lot on Wetmore Road in South Livermore. Their winery, Dante Robere Vineyards is named after Dan and Bob. They currently make and pour their wine on Tesla Road in east Livermore while they await completion of construction of their new facility on Wetmore Road scheduled to open in 2015. Their goal is to make wine from Livermore Valley grapes when possible but also to procure quality grapes from other wine growing regions that are well suited to certain unique varietals. Their estate-grown Syrah, blended wines featuring the estate Syrah, and other Rhone varietals such as Grenache and Mourvedre are their signature wines. But they also produce the stalwart varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay, as well as more unique wines such as Tempranillo, Touriga and Barbera.
Services:  Winery.
Lori & Jeff
Lori Silkey and Jeff Epperson are trying to do something different and it appears to be working well in Red Bluff, CA. In addition to producing so nice Old World style wines, Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery is a place where people can visit at special events or enjoy one another’s company while watching a game on the big screen TV as Lori and Jeff’s pour the fruits of their labor into your glass. Enjoy a quality glass of wine and just take a moment to enjoy a nice place to transport yourself to a little piece of Italy as you enjoy a glass of Zinfandel or Sangiovese. While it is clear that Jeff and Lori have been accepted by many of the locals and it is a fun and friendly winery to visit, these folks take their wine making seriously. The Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cab Franc were very nice as was the Merlot for the reds we tried. I decided to bring home the Sangiovese, which is very nice and I did not have any more Sangiovese in my collection. I also picked up a couple of TRE Bella Bubbly a nice nice and fruity and fresh wine that will make for a great cheese and wine party with a few friends, or just to enjoy by the glass. I am looking forward to trying the Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel next visit. The Zinfandel and Syrah are estate grapes from the vineyards just yards away from the tasting room. Between the tasting room and the Black-bottom pool out back is a nice area to sit and enjoy your stay under a huge Black Oak tree. If you find yourself driving through Red Bluff, don’t just drive through you, take a little break and visit Tuscan Ridged Estate Winery and you will be glad you stopped by. Be sure to let them know the folks at California Corks sent you.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Tasting complimentary w/purchase, Gardens, Special Events.
Daniel and Sarah Montes recently started the Iron Palm Winery to remember and honor their family lineage. They currently reside in the Livermore Valley of California with their son Colton, daughter Paisley and their dog Kegger. Iron palm winery is a boutique winery located in the heart of the Livermore valley. The Montes family lineage extends to many different wine-growing countries including Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. Private tastings are by appointment and will include a tapas style pizza pairing with each wine in 2015. Intimate and exclusive pouring’s by the winemaker and a special gift for each tasting guest. Enjoy Petit Verdot, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon along with some blends and a late harvest Tempranillo.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  By Appointment, Weddings/Receptions.
This winery is fun! They're only open the third weekend of the month. Tucked away down Redwood Retreat Road about 3.5 miles from Watsonville Road, the drive to get here is truly spectacular. They are only open the third weekend of each month and passport weekends. They ask that you sign in and they then give you name tags with your first name on it. The staff was friendly and the owners Therese and Dan were walking around greeting people. Dan and Therese Martin clearly have a passion for making great wine. They have scores of awards for their wine but that's not what they lead with. Their tasting room is welcoming and intimate. The vibe is comfortable and engaging. Martin Ranch produces a variety of wines from Chardonnay to Cab Franc, Sauvignon Blanc to Sangiovese.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Tasting w/Fee, Family/Child Friendly, Picnic Area.
Cynthia is the owner and winemaker of small lot boutique wines that include unoaked chardonnay, pinot grigio, rose altogether about 10 varieties of wine. Cynthia went from cop to artisan wine crafter, not a typical journey by any stretch. In 2004, Cynthia left a 15-year Law Enforcement career to pursue that passion and family tradition of winemaking. Passaggio's tasting room is gorgeous for either tasting, having wine by the glass, or for a special event. The tasting room staff and winemaker are very friendly and accommodating. The location in Sonoma Square's Vine Alley makes it an ideal wine tasting destination. Passaggio's tasting room in Sonoma.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Tasting w/Fee.
Walt Whelan and his son, Brian Whelan started making wine in their garage with long-time friends Justin Gennock and Tony Storelli. After earning several best of shows in the Fresno Fair, the team entered larger competitions and won State-wide Gold and Silver awards for winemaking. Toca Madera Winery in Madera, California was founded to share our love of wine making and fine wine with everyone. The winery is located in Madera, California on beautiful undulating hills covered with majestic vines.
Services:  Winery.
A nice find as we were wine tasting in Livermore last weekend. As you drive into the parking lot, you immediately forget about everything since the grounds are so gorgeous. There's even an outside patio where you can enjoy your wine and a packed lunch you may have brought with you. The tasting room is HUGE! The staff was super friendly and helpful, especially since we'd never been to McGrail before. Enjoyed the '08 Picazo Merlot and the '08 Picazo Proprietary Red.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Picnic Area.
Although Caddis is new it is quickly becoming one of my favorite wineries in Livermore. The winemaker Chris has had years if experience in the Livermore valley and it shows in his wines. It's no surprise the Caddis took home a number of Chronicle wine awards, their wines is phenomenal! Caddis is located next to Wood Family and are only open a select amount of days throughout the year.
Services:  Winery.
Affordable, delicious Santa Cruz Mountain wines, great tasting room, wonderful owners/winemakers. Looking forward to seeing this winery expand and grow. Kudos, and wishing the team the very best on their latest wines and their new tasting room location in San Carlos. Open Fri., Sat. & Sun. Russian Ridge is a participant of the Golden Gate Winery Experience. Russian Ridge offers two for one tastings and 10% discount on all bottles purchased. Both tastings free with any bottle of wine purchased.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Tasting w/Fee.
Almond Hill Vineyard is a small family owned and operated Estate Vineyard located on a hillside previously planted in almond trees on the West side of the Paso Robles appellation, mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Proprietors Dennis Van Westerhuyzen and his wife Nicole Cavier searched for many years, up and down the California Coast, for some land to plant a small vineyard to keep themselves busy during their retirement years, and also because they both enjoy wine. They bought the property in 1997 The first 2 1/2 acres of Syrah vines were planted in 2000. They were very fortunate to find a buyer for their first harvest in 2002, a great little boutique winery right next door. In 2004 they planted another 4 acres of Syrah and 1 acre of Petite Sirah grafted with budwood from the acclaimed Richard Sauret Vineyard near by.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  By Appointment, Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines.

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