New Livermore Tasting Room

new livermore tasting room

Wood Family Vineyards has opened a new Livermore tasting room located at 2407 Research Drive in eastern Livermore. They are open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 5.

This is a small family owned winery that produces outstanding wines using only Livermore grown grapes.

The entire family is involved. Rhonda Wood’s passion for wine making lead the family to the Livermore Valley where they have been producing wine since 1996. Rhonda left her career as an airline pilot for US Airways to devote herself to the winery. She is the winemaker while husband, Michael oversees the harvest. Sons Harrison and Parker also pitch in to help with the winemaking process and in the tasting room. In fact, Harrison Wood is the General Manager.

Wood Family Vineyards Tasting RoomHarrison was our host at a recent tasting we attended. He is a personable young man. We enjoyed learning about his family’s story from his point of view. His enthusiasm for the Livermore Wine Country and his knowledge of their wines made for an entertaining time.

Wood Family successfully produces high quality handcrafted wines. They focus primarily on red wines. However, their one white wine is a Chardonnay called “Para Mas Amigas”, which means “for more girlfriends”. They added this Chardonnay to their wines at the request of Rhonda’s girl friends who wanted a white wine. It’s a delicious wine fermented and aged in French oak barrels, but without an obvious oak flavor. Enjoy the long toasty finish. Wine Enthusiast recently awarded this Chardonnay 92 points and named gave it their Editors Choice Award. It also won a Silver Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in 2016.

Wood Family Vineyards WinesWood Family Vineyards is known for their fabulous Zinfandels, which usually are sell-outs. “Big Wood Zin” is a blend of Zinfandel from four separate Livermore Valley Zinfandel vineyards along with a small amount of Petite Sirah.

This amazing Zin won BEST OF CLASS at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

“Buy Bueno”, which means “Very Good” in Spanish is a blend of Zinfandels from four different vineyards as well along with 1% Petite Sirah. This wine is slightly sweet but that sweetness mingles with black pepper flavors. A delightful wine. Another favorite is “GSM”, which is a blend made of Grenache 48%, Syrah 32%, and Mourvedre 20%s.

Livermore Wine CountryEven though the tasting room is new, this winery has consistently been producing high quality wines for years. They were previously open during special events and for wine tasting at their winery by appointment.

Locals and visitors to the area are happy to welcome this new Livermore tasting room to the Livermore Wine Country. Head on over to taste some of the very best wines of Livermore. Click here to browse the complete list of Livermore wine tasting rooms.

If you have visited this new Livermore tasting room, please share your thoughts below. We would love to hear about your experience at Wood Family Vineyards.

A Great Livermore Restaurant – The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

Best Livermore Restaurant - The Restaurant at Wente VineyardsA great Livermore restaurant, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is your chance to enjoy world class dining in the scenic wine country setting of the Livermore Valley. This world class restaurant serves regional American dishes, influenced by Italian, French, and California cuisines.

As you walk in the door, you are greeted with an atmosphere of casual elegance. The high wooden ceilings, large windows, and pleasant décor welcome you in the dining room. If the weather is nice, many diners choose to eat among the on the outdoor terraces where they can easily view the rolling hills, colorful landscaping, and sycamore trees.

Since we were not on a wine tasting trip this particular day, we decided to try their tasting of 3 local wineries. For $15 we were given 2 oz. tastings of Concannon Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley Cellars “Sblendorio Estate Zinfandel”, and Concannon Red Assemblage.

It was fun comparing and discussing the three wines as we waited for our meal. Steve preferred Concannon’s Red Assemblage and my favorite was the Zinfandel.

I ordered Mesquite Grilled Beef Filet Tips on Mashed Redskin Potatoes with Broccoli Di Cicco and Jus. Everything was full of flavor and the filet tips melted in my mouth. Steve enjoyed the Braised Beef Hash with Red Skin Potatoes, two Poached Eggs and Bearnaise Sauce. He described his food as “exquisite”.

Our waiter talked us into sharing a dessert. Actually, all he had to do with describe the choices and Steve was ready to order. We chose to share the Dark Chocolate Mousse Layered with Sour Cherries and Served with Assorted Black and White Cookies. I’m more of a milk chocolate fan, but it was delicious.

Wente Restaurant Livermore
Update: We have been back to this restaurant many times bringing friends and family with us. This is a restaurant that we recommend without hesitation. The service, food, and atmosphere are all superb. In fact, the Zagat Survey lists The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards on its lists of American Top Restaurants.

Contact Information – The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, CA 94550 (925) 456-2450
Open 7 days a week for dinner; Monday – Saturday for lunch. Open Sundays for brunch.

Directions to this Livermore Restaurant:

Traveling east on Hwy. 580:
Exit at Portola Venue. Turn right onto North L. North L changes into Arroyo Rd. Continue on Arroyo Rd. for approximately 5 miles. Turn left into the parking lot.

Traveling west on Hwy. 580:
Exit at North Livermore Ave. Then turn right onto Portola Ave. Turn left onto N. L St. North L changes into Arroyo Rd. Continue on Arroyo Rd. for approximately 5 miles. Turn left into the parking lot at this Livermore Restaurant.

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The Livermore Wine Country is comprised of wineries in Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, and Castro Valley. There are more than 40 award winning wineries in this area with tasting rooms. Plan a visit soon to these Livermore wineries.

Have you dined at this Livermore Restaurant? If you have, we would love to hear what you thought about The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Please share your dining experience with us below.

Quick Guide to Livermore Golf Courses

Livermore golf - golf vacation
Discover fabulous Livermore golf courses located in the heart of the Livermore Wine Country. Livermore is known for its growing number of wineries. You’ll also discover an abundance of outstanding golf courses scattered throughout this wine region.

Combine a golf vacation with a wine tour of Livermore wineries. You’ll find over 30 world class wineries where you can visit the winery and sample their wine. Consider golfing in the morning followed by tasting wine in the afternoon!

After learning about Livermore golf, discover other fun things to do in the Livermore Wine Country.

Train Ride | Concerts| Dining | Wineries

Livermore Golf Courses

Callippe Preserve Golf Course Address: 8500 Club House Dr., Pleasanton, CA
Telephone: (925) 426-6666 x 17
Par: 72
This is a municipal golf course.

Castlewood Country Club
Address: 707 Country Club Cir., Pleasanton, CA
Telephone: (925) 846-5151 Castlewood Country Club is a 36-hole private facility, with two fun and challenging golf courses. The Hill opened in 1926 and is a Par 70 course. The Valley has a par of 72. Both are gorgeous courses.

Dublin Ranch GolfDublin Ranch Golf Course
Address: 5900 Signal Hill Dr., Dublin, CA 94568
Telephone: (925) 556-7040
Par: 63
Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Well-maintained, challenging golf course and the only golf course in Dublin. (right across the freeway from Livermore). Enjoy rolling hills with views of Mt. Diablo and the Livermore Valley.

The Course At Wente Vineyards
Address: 5040 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, CA
Telephone: (925) 456-2475
Par: 72
Designer: Greg Norman
Located 45 minutes east of San Francisco, The Course’s 18 championship holes play through the vineyards, rolling hills, and natural grasslands of the scenic Livermore Valley at Wente Vineyards. The Course at Wente Vineyards has played host to the Wine Country Championship and has been the 5th stop on the PGA Golf’s Nationwide Tour for the past three years. Open to the public.

Las Positas Golf Course
Address: 917 Club House Dr., Livermore, CA
Telephone: (925) 455-7820
Par: 72
Designer: Robert Muir Graves
Las Positas is a challenging course with 7 lakes and a creek that splits multiple holes. It is a fairly flat, well treed, walkable course. Las Positas also has a 9-hole course with a par of 31.

Pleasanton Golf Center
Address: 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, CA
Telephone: (925) 462-4653
Par: 30
This is a public 9-hole course.

Poppy Ridge Golf
Poppy Ridge Golf

Address: 4280 Greenville Rd., Livermore, CA
Telephone: (925) 456-8202
Golf Digest “Best Places To Play Guide” 4-Star RatingPoppy Ridge has 3 9-hole golf courses: Merlot, Chardonnay, and Zinfindel.

Ruby Hill Golf Club
Address: 3404 W Ruby Hill Dr., Pleasanton, CA
Telephone: (925) 417-5840
Par: 72
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Ruby Hill is a private golf club. The distinctive Nicklaus layout incorporates well-contoured bunkers, magnificent water features, natural arroyos, towering oaks, inspiring vistas and exciting elevation changes.

Springtown Golf Course
Address: 939 Larkspur Dr., Livermore, CA
Telephone: (925) 455-5695
Par: 35
This is a 9 hole municipal golf course.

Have you played at any of these Livermore Golf Courses? If you have, please tell us about your golfing experiences. We would love to hear you opinion on these courses.

Tracy Wineries – Yes, There Are Wineries in Tracy

Tracy WineriesEnjoy wine tasting at Tracy Wineries located in the Tracy Hills Appellation. The area between Tracy and the Altamont Hills has been designated as the Tracy Hills Appellation.

There are only a handful of wineries currently open with wine tasting rooms. Expect this area to grow in the near future. Tracy is located east of San Francisco in California’s Central Valley. Elevation ranges from 100 to 500 feet above sea level.

Tracy Golf Course

Tracy Golf Courses. There are a variety of courses in the area to consider. Click on this link to learn more. You might play an early round of golf in the morning and stop by the Tracy wineries in the afternoon.

Tracy Wineries

La Bonne Vie CellarsLa Bonne Vie Cellars
Address: 29181 S. Lehman Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
Telephone: (209) 836-2188
Open weekends noon to 5 PM and other days by appointment
This Tracy winery was established in 2002. White wines include Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines: Merlot and Sangiovese. They also produce a Port-like blend called Nectare des Dieux. This winery is also used as a wedding and special events venue.

Ramon RiosRamon Rios Vineyards & Winery
Address: 8482 W. Linne Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
Telephone: (209) 839-6781
Open weekends noon-5PM
This Tracy winery was established in 2006. Wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Petite Syrah, and Port.

Windmill Ridge WineryWindmill Ridge Winery
Address: 8350 West Linne Road, Tracy, CA 95304
Telephone: (209)834-0005
Open weekends noon-5PM and other days by appointment.
Wines include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Merlot Rose, Barbera, and a Port. Established in 2008, this winery is a place for wine tasting but also serves as an event center and facility rental.

M & J Bistro - Tracy, California
You can also sample local wines made at these wineries at M & J Bistro. This Tracy restaurant is also an excellent destination for either lunch or dinner. You’ll find great San Francisco cuisine and friendly service. It’s our favorite place to dine in the area. Click on the link above to learn more about M & J Bistro.

Also worth checking out, is Vino 100. This is a wine shop located in the Home Depot Shopping Center at 2467 Naglee Road in Tracy. Stop in for a glass of wine or check out the calendar of upcoming events. They often have fun happenings such as live music, comic nights, educational seminars, and special tastings. You can purchase bottles of wine at Vino 100. They even have a wine club that you could join.

Take a Drive Over the Altamont to the Livermore Wine Country

Vineyard rows of grapesThere are more than 60 wineries producing wine in the Livermore Wine Country. Wineries are scattered around Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, and Castro Valley. There’s a mix of both small and large wineries. Enjoy rolling hills and great wines! Click on the link above to learn about Livermore wineries.

After exploring the wineries of Tracy, be sure to check out other Central Valley wine regions:

Lodi| Madera | Clarksburg

Have you visited the Tracy wineries? If so, please tell us all about the winery you visite.