Eight Livermore Valley Wines You Should Be Drinking

Las Positas Vineyards and McGrail Vineyards & Winery both hold high honors in Livermore Valley Wine Country. In 2012, McGrail Vineyards & Winery took home the Sweepstakes Red Wine Award at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their 2008 McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Just seven years later, Las Positas Vineyards earned the same prestigious award for their 2016 Malbec. Click below to purchase delicious wines from each winery, or plan a trip to the Livermore Valley to experience all that both these wineries have to offer.

Las Positas 2018 Estate Albarino 

Albarino is traditionally grown in Portugal and Spain. It exhibits floral aromas of green apple, lime, meyer lemon, and kiwi. It is crisp and dry, with flavors of pineapple, lemon, nectarine, and grapefruit. BUY NOW

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Enjoy with oysters, roast chicken, and shellfish.

2015 McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

This opulent wine opens with spicy clove, dark cherry, coffee, caramel, and toasty vanilla.  The palate is equally impressive with density, great structure, and notes of blackberry, anise, and a hint of tobacco.  Bold tannins frame the full-bodied mouthfeel of this classic Cabernet, leaving a lingering impression of fruit and spice. BUY NOW

Las Positas 2016 Estate Malbec

Our 2016 Malbec exhibits luscious aromas of blueberry, black cherry, spice, and rose petal. The palate is full-bodied and complex, with flavors of blackberry, plum, black tea, and chocolate. BUY NOW

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Enjoy with roasted duck, lamb, or mushrooms.

2016 Shamus Patrick Red Blend

The 2016 Shamus Patrick is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. This wine has a beautiful plum color and opens with an explosion of bright red fruit on the nose, complemented by notes of anise, toasted vanilla, and dark cherries. The aromas are matched by the beauty of the flavors on the palate. This smooth, lingering wine is full-bodied and complex with notes of cranberry, cherry, licorice, and vanilla, and finishes with soft tannins. Enjoy this wine with pork tenderloin. BUY NOW

Las Positas 2015 Estate Tempranillo

This full-bodied wine exudes aromas of blackberry, cherry, white pepper, and tobacco. Smooth tannins greet your mid-palate with a lingering finish of black cherry, plum, and mocha. BUY NOW

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This wine will pair perfectly with a chorizo sandwich smothered in manchego cheese and roasted red peppers, or with braised short ribs.

2017 McGrail Family Chardonnay

Our Chardonnay is light straw yellow with notes of white peaches, tropical fruit, and banana.  This smooth Chardonnay is an example of a Classic California Chardonnay.  It hits the palate with cream, butter, and toasty vanilla, while the subtle fruit notes still linger in the background.  There is a soft and delicate finish that leaves just the right amount of honey, caramel, tropical fruits, and toasty oak flavors.  Enjoy this wine while cooking or with a salmon salad. BUY NOW

Las Positas 2018 Estate Verdelho

Verdelho is traditionally grown in Portugal and Spain. It exhibits bright aromas of ripe pear, pineapple, mango, and orange blossom, with tropical flavors of mango, pear, lemon, and apple. BUY NOW

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This wine pairs well with seafood, roast chicken, and marcona almonds.

2018 McGrail Vineyards Kylie Ryan Rosé

The 2018 McGrail Vineyards Kylie Ryan Rosé is fermented in both stainless steel and experienced red wine barrels. This refreshing dry Rosé is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec. This wine has an abundance of fruit on the nose and palate, including strawberry, watermelon, lemon, and blood orange. On the palate, there is a round mouthfeel with hints of vanilla and fresh dough. Pair this wine with a watermelon feta salad, strawberry chevre cheese, or spicy food. BUY NOW

Published on July 19, 2019