5 Places to Visit in Livermore

Livermore is often overlooked but is unique wineries serve bottlings from Bordeaux-styled blends to Petite Sirah. Check out the food and beer scene, too.
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Warm, breezy Livermore Valley has outstanding, but lesser-known wineries, plus a burgeoning music and food scene. All this awaits within easy reach of San Jose and San Francisco.

Livermore Road Map

Map of the five places to visit in Livermore.

5 Livermore Destinations

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    Campo Di Bocce

    Pro football legend and video game magnate John Madden has always liked this combination bocce grounds and Italian restaurant. He points out that bocce players only use one hand, so the other can hold a wine glass.

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    Underdog Wine Bar

    Sit in the outdoor lounge or grab an indoor barstool at this popular drinking and eating destination at Concannon Vineyards, which was established 1883. Some 50 wines from Livermore Valley and around the world are available.

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    Wente Vineyards

    The elegant Restaurant at Wente merits a visit, especially during the vineyard’s summer outdoor concert series. At the main winery, which is a few miles away, the Wente Winemakers Studio offers a fun, interactive wine-blending experience.

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    Nottingham Cellars

    Outstanding Bordeaux-style reds from young winemaker Collin Cranor provide the main draw. You can stroll next door for a Hella Hoppy double IPA at craft brewer Altamont Beer Works.

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    Livermore Wine Trolley

    Instead of driving yourself, hop aboard this jaunty conveyance for the Taste of Livermore tour. Cruising through scenic hills and canyons, the six-hour outing visits four wineries and includes lunch.

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Published on June 20, 2017
Topics: California, Livermore, Travel
About the Author
Jim Gordon
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. In 2006 he became editor of Wines & Vines, the media company for North American winemakers and grape growers. He directs the editorial content of Wines & Vines in the monthly print magazine, digital and social media. Gordon is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and past director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books by publisher Dorling Kindersley of London: Opus Vino, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator for 12 years, and editor in chief of Wine Country Living magazine for four, during which time he helped create Wine Country Living TV for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. He lives in Napa, California. Email: jgordon@wineenthusiast.net.


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