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“Livermore downtown looking a little shady.....”
Review of Livermore Valley

Livermore Valley
Ranked #4 of 73 things to do in Livermore
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Owner description: Next to Napa and Sonoma, this is the "quieter" wine region of California.
Reviewed 5 October 2013 via mobile

Our recent visit to Livermore was just for a night but we've been before.
Just seems a bit rough around the edges now more than before. Still the nice restaurants and ability to walk through downtown shopping area but just outside of that (Stanley Blvd/Railroad Ave/Livermore
Ave) are where you'd need a buddy with you...
Beautiful winery's abound and close to San Francisco are great!

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

The Livermore Valley isn't necessarily a "destination city," like nearby San Francisco, but if you have a day to spare (and a Designated Driver), a visit to the Livermore Valley will be a delight for you wine lovers.

Livermore rivals the more-famous Napa Valley in the quality and variety of the wines produced there. Vineyards and wineries are spread out for miles around the city of Livermore and to a lesser extent, Pleasanton. Around the wineries, the roads are practically all two-lane blacktop, but traffic is generally light and winery entrances are well marked.

California requires the collection of a "sampling fee" by the wineries. State law prohibits them from giving away the product. Most set the sampling fee at $5, which seems reasonable enough to me. In many cases, light snacks are offered at no charge. Some of the wineries have adjunct restaurants, where you can have lunch or dinner accompanied by wine you selected at your tasting. I have also seen informal entertainment at some wineries, like a guitar player or a costumed character for the kids. Of course, these are not the featured attraction. That title is reserved for the wine.

If you do an Internet search for Livermore wine map, you can set up your own tour route or search for Livermore wine tours and arrange a conducted tour.

Livermore is home to the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, a major research facility. This means there's no shortage of quality lodging and restaurants. It's also home to my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, though whom I've gained my appreciation for their city.

4  Thank JM_in_California
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Great: Designated Drivers fee at $10 and Shuttle Buses/Limosines on Sunday of Sun/Mon event.
Great: Wine varieties, music, vendors, booklet outlining wineries and location of 'pour location' for each winery that elected to pour at another winery, very helpful.
Not Great: Heat, timing. Perhaps 4 pm to 8 pm would have been cooler.

Thank Elizabeth W
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We moved here 9 years ago and couldn't be happier! This is a great place to raise a family! This is a very family friendly area with great parks, family restaurants and great neighborhoods!

Thank flowermanfan
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Each year, during Christmas, Valentines Day, and Labor Day, there are major wine events in the Livermore Valley just east of San Francisco. Excellent wine, often music and crafts, make a visit a special event for guests to the San Francisco Bay Area. Many wineries are open during the week for visits and offer an uncrowded opportunity to enjoy great wine and a beautiful vineyard atmosphere. There a places to enjoy wine and a picnic at many wineries.

Its lower cost than the Napa and Sonoma wineries for tastings and closer in for access.

Hal

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