Northern California is known for producing some of the best wines in the world. Wineauxs come from all over the world to try the best of Napa, Sonoma, and Calistoga. But what a lot of people don’t know is that Livermore, a city in Alameda County in the Bay Area, is also known for their award-winning wines and shouldn’t be excluded when planning a wine getaway to Northern California. Livermore is also significantly closer to the airports than Napa as it’s within a 30-minute drive from the Oakland airport so it makes the trip an even easier excursion.
While the Northern California wine region is generally known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, you are also likely to find a Petite Sirah at many of the local Livermore wineries. Regardless which one you prefer, both are great choices to accompany a holiday meal and are likely to be crowd favorites. So before you bring your long-standing favorite, for those who live in the Bay Area, why not head over to your local wineries and bring home something better than you could ever imagined. Impress your guests and possibly even your wallet with the surprises you find in Livermore. For those who live outside of the Bay Area, there is still plenty of time to order before New Years or you can plan to stock up for the remaining winter months. After visiting a handful of some of the best wineries in Livermore, these are the ones I would recommend.
Elliston is known for their Sparkling Wine. At just $16 a bottle, it’ll be one of the best sparkling wines you’ll ever try. Expect a mixed crowd and enjoy a beautiful setting at this beautiful estate that is often used for weddings. Elliston Vineyards is one of the oldest vineyards in the area. While it’s actually in Sunol, it isn’t more than 20 minutes out of Livermore.
Recommend: 2006 Pinot Blanc and California Champagne
At Les Chenes, you get to experience a paired wine and cheese tasting. But these aren’t just everyday cheeses. At the time of our tasting, they were pairing their wines with champagne cheddar, jalapeño cheddar, smokehouse gouda, and strawberry chardonnay cheese. Besides the unique cheese pairings, they also have their own line of mustards, a great condiment for any foodie vegetarian or vegan.
Recommend: 2012 Pinot Noir Rose (Wine); Sesame (Mustard)