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Livermore Valley Winery Recs

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We'll be visiting the Livermore area next Saturday and plan on tasting at a few wineries while we are there. Of course Wente is the big name there but I'm thinking of trying some smaller, less known wineries as well. Anyone care to pass on any recs? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Thomas Coyne, http://thomascoynewinery.com/
    Murrieta's Well, http://www.murrietaswell.com/
    Steve Kent, http://www.stevenkent.com/
    These provide a range of styles but are some of the best quality in Livermore Valley

    1. At the other end of the size and name rcognition is Eckert Estate. A small family operation

      http://www.eckertestate.com/

      1. If you like Petite Syrah, I suggest Concannon.
        http://www.concannonvineyard.com/

        1. Concannon is far from a "smaller, less well known" winery, though.

          My family really liked our visit to Chouinard: http://www.chouinard.com/index.html

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Well....it's all relative. :)
            Concannon is smaller than Wente, but bigger than the others mentioned.
            Maybe I'm a sucker for the dinosaur topiary at the gate.
            RAWR.

          2. Thanks for all of the suggestions-we're looking forward to our trip.

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            1. re: rosielucchesini

              Where did you end up going? What did you find?