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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards
Ranked #12 of 63 things to do in Livermore
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Monroe, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Wow where to begin...The wine tasting was great. Highly recommend you seek out "Darryl" when you visit. He is very knowledgeable and his explanations are clear and easy to understand. He took his time with us. (Other places really seem to push people along.) We left with a love of the Wente Wine and experience. Thank you so much Darryl you made our 30th anniversary trip Amazing!!

Visited June 2014
Thank Jean D
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San Jose, California
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“Wente has moved into higher end wines”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

This is Wente’s smallest tasting room, adjacent to their excellent golf course and superb restaurant. It’s serene, as opposed to the more hyperactive tasting rooms at their other holdings--Murrieta’s Well, their Vineyard Estate Tasting Room, and Tamas Tasting Room a few miles away at the winery. All are worth visiting, for different reasons.

Two flights to choose from. The more costly flight features their higher end label "Nth Degree" wines, which feature Arroyo Seco fruit. I enjoyed their pinot noirs, but you can get better pinots from the same area (and other areas) at less than the $50.00/bottle they charge. The vast majority of their annual production is still in labels you find in supermarkets, but they’re making a definite push into the more boutique segment.

Wente has become very corporate, and pretty much controls the Livermore Valley since Concannon went bankrupt a few years back. They're putting out 650k+ cases a year among their Wente, Murrieta's Well, and Tamas brands. They also manage about half the vineyards in the valley, as well.

A round of golf, followed by a tasting, followed by an excellent lunch at their restaurant, rather than the little grill in the clubhouse--a great day. If you go on a weekend, a reservation at the restaurant is a must.

Visited June 2013
Thank John O
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