When Bennie Cassara first set foot on this mountain top retreat he knew this was the place for which he had been looking. Bennie a brick mason by trade was busy running his Masonry construction company in Orange County California, but he was looking for a place where he and his could get away from the daily grind. It was in 1990 the first vines were planted on the tiny hilltop estate. Bennie Cassara chose Pinot Noir grapes at the urging of his friend Brian Babcock of the Babcock Winery. Brian told Bennie his property would be the perfect growing environment for Pinot Noir grapes, this variatal is grown on hillsides in France, and Brian knew the combination of warm days and cool foggy nights would be perfect. Much of the rest of the story is in the glass.
The estate is currently planted to 18 acres of Pinot Noir, five-acres of Chardonnay and three-acres of Syrah. The vineyard continues to be managed row-by-row and vine-by-vine. The long honored and labor intensive tradition of hand -harvesting continues with the expertise of Vineyard Manager, Jerry Ortiz.
A family owned and operated, boutique winery located in the Sierra foothills of Northern California in Butte County. Owner and winemaker Gary Quilici has been making wine for 20 years. Quilici Vineyards is the realization of his dream - handcrafted, estate wines grown, produced and cellared at his family facility.
River Grove Winery produces fine dry estate wine and Sparkling Wine from grapes selected out of a large vineyard. The white wines produced are Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Blanc de Blanc (Chardonnay Sparkling Wine) and soon Sauvignon Blanc will be added. The Red Wines produced are Syrah, Merlot and Sparkling Shiraz. The winery sells direct to consumers or through distributors. All wines released have medals from international tasting competition.
McKahn Family Cellars the winemaker Charles McKahn took up working with wines at the age of 15 years old. Charles mother worked in the export department of a well know LIvermore winery Wente Vineyards when he was very young and his mothers work there made an impression on him. Winemaking seemed like an interesting career although he wouldn't be old enough to legally comsume it for a number of more years. Charles learned winemaking from the gound up. In addition to studying Enology at Cal Poly he did his fair share of blue collar work and he learned craft that is old and to be respected. McKahn Family Cellars has the word family in it for a reason. Charles, two of his parents and his wife work hard at carry on this family tradition of winemaking. When in Livermore Wine Country be sure to stop in and try their wonderful wines their Syrah being their flagship wine.
Fri- 12:00 to 5:00pm
Sat- 12:00 to 5:00pm
Sun- 12:00 to 5:00pm
Also by appointment
athan and Carlyn Carella followed a dream that has become a reality with their family owned and operated winery and vineyard.
The name Chiarella (pronounced "Kee-ah-rel-lah") pays homage to their Italian heritage and original spelling of the family name.
The winery produces completely hand-crafted wines, and is located, with the vineyards, 3 miles north of Angels Camp.
The tasting room has a dark, cozy, wintery vibe that was the perfect place to taste on a cold and rainy day. We happened to arrive just as they had started a tasting for a few other couples, so joined in at the big table.
Not only were the wines all delightful, the service was excellent.
This is a great little winery along the Foxen Canyon trail. If you want a winery where the owners pour and you can actually talk about winemaking and the whole experience you get it here. Tres Hermanas does not make super jammy Central Coast wines but rather produces numerous wines in a more European style...lower in alcohol, higher in acid and basically more food friendly. I will have to say I enjoy 90% of what they produce.
Their Tres Hermanas Cuvee is incredible as is there Nebbiolo, Refosco, Syrah/Sangiovese blend and Muscat Cannelli.
While none of us at CA Corks has enjoyed Barbieri Wines to date they are said to have spent 11 month in oak prior to bottling. That the result is an inky, saturated, purple wine, with aromas of blueberries, charcoal, white pepper, and black fruits with a tangy acidity that keeps the fruit fresh and the wine in balance.
Les Chênes Estate Vineyards is surrounded by magnificent Mountain views with a feel of southern France. Specializing in Estate Rhone Wines, the Dixon family is the second generation of premium Wine Grape growers starting in Sonoma and Lake Counties in the 1960's. The current Livermore site was planted in 1999. With French family heritage, Les Chênes, "The Oaks" was selected as the name of this Livermore Vineyard.