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Livermore Stories: Mitchell Katz Winery

Mary Orlin | Posted 01.06.2015 | Taste
Mary Orlin

Sorting grapes during harvest.  L to R: John DeFrietas, Mitch Katz , assistant winemaker Zach Thomsen, tasting room mg . Andrew Wigginton.  Courtesy...

Livermore Stories: Pat Paulsen Vineyards

Mary Orlin | Posted 12.31.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

Monty Paulsen loves to create wine brands.  He's an eclectic winemaker, making wine from wherever he can get his hands on grapes, be that Martinez, ...

Livermore Stories: BoaVentura de Caires Winery

Mary Orlin | Posted 11.25.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

Once you're inside the tasting room, it's a visual feast for your eyes.

Livermore Stories: Caddis Wines

Mary Orlin | Posted 10.13.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

It's barrel tasting weekend at the end of March in Livermore Valley, and only the third time that Caddis Wines has been open to the public.

Livermore Stories: 3 Steves Winery

Mary Orlin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

The tag line says it all:  "3 friends striving to make the perfect wine." 

Livermore Stories: Nottingham Cellars

Mary Orlin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

He's been called a rising star, a rock star of the Livermore Valley wine scene.  He's a young gun for sure -- in his late twenties -- a completely self-taught winemaker.  Meet Collin Cranor of Nottingham Cellars.

Livermore Stories: Cuda Ridge Wines

Mary Orlin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

This is another installment of a series called "Livermore Stories," which takes a look at the most exciting wineries in this wine growing region loca...

Livermore Stories: Darcie Kent Vineyards

Mary Orlin | Posted 08.09.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

This is the first in a series called "Livermore Stories," which takes a look at the most exciting wineries in this wine growing region east of San Fra...

Detox Then Retox in Wine Country

Mary Orlin | Posted 08.06.2013 | Taste
Mary Orlin

The first time I heard of a winery offering a yoga class was in 2008, at Periscope Cellars in Emeryville, CA. This was actually a yoga class where you sipped wine as you held various poses. Now, it seems that no matter where you are, you're not far from a yoga class at a winery.

12 Livermore Valley Wines You Need to Drink Now

Mary Orlin | Posted 07.18.2012 | Home
Mary Orlin

In Northern California wine country, Napa Valley and Sonoma County get all the attention.  Another wine region I love is Livermore Valley, an easy drive from San Jose and Silicon Valley, and 35 miles east of San Francisco.

10 Non-Resolutions For Wine Drinkers

Mary Orlin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Home
Mary Orlin

I love New Year's -- a good excuse to drink bubbly, but I hate the idea of making New Year's resolutions, don't you?