Livermore Valley Wine
No politics on this entry. The Livermore Valley, 30 miles east of San Francisco, is one of California's oldest wine growing regions. Although not as widely-known as Napa, the first American wine to win an international competition came from Livermore. A Wetmore Cresta Blanca took the gold medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition. Today, there are many great wineries in Livermore. A particularly good one that I recommend is the Rodrigue-Molyneaux Winery. Their 2003 Sangiovese was amazing, although probably now sold out. Their tasting room is open from noon until 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call ahead to see what wines are available. It's very small, and a friendly family dog will greet you when you visit (to me, a good thing). They are located at 3053 Marina Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550. 925-447-4280. For more information on Livermore wines, visit