Livermore Wines

Livermore Val2_smJudy and I spent Labor Valley in NoCal’s “other” wine region, Livermore Valley. Located southeast of Napa and Sonoma but an easy 30 min. drive from our home, Livermore is a bit more rustic, dusty and ranch-like than either Napa or Sonoma. The occasion was the 28th Harvest Wine Celebration, a two-day affair that spotlights wineries of the Livermore Valley, one of the oldest wine growing regions in California.  The event was both concentrated and dispersed.  You could stay in one venue at Robertson park where 21 vintners poured samples of their wines, and/or visit 18 or so wineries spread throughout the valley.  Naturally, we did both.  At $4o per person, wine was poured freely (though limited varietals) but no freebie food was available.  I thought the ticket price warranted a few “nibblies” as my old HPERD boss once called finger food.