Most wine tasting adventures, I say adventures because you never know where the day will take you, we always end up at some point going to Bent Creek.
Bent Creek Winery is the heart of Bay Area Wine Country in a city called Livermore, California. Bent Creek this weekend was our starting point for wine tasting, only because I signed up for a wine club membership with them a month back and had my first package of quarterly wines to pick up. It was the release of the 2012 Petite Sirah, which I got one of, along with my favorite Sauvignon Blanc, and a Red on Red ( which is their blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc). Bent Creek has some tasty Port style dessert wines as well. Along with being a First Call Wine Member through them, for their release parties they have food pairings for their new released wines. Yesterday, they had an assortment of relish styles spreads which we could choose what one to spread on a piece of sliced baguette, topped with thinly sliced beef tenderloin, it paired divine with their 2012 Petite Sirah.
After Bent Creek we drove down the street to 3 Steves Winery, which for the group I was with, was our first time. Its good to switch up the wineries we go to every time we go out to taste in the Livermore Valley. We arrive at the winery and it was quite busy , so we got seated in the barrel room, which was decorated with lights hanging across the ceilings and of course wine barrels along the walls. We started off tasting a Sparkling Wine ( normally called a champagne), which was very light in flavor, a bit dry, with a hint of sweetness. Next we tasted one of their Rosé, it was very light pink, but to us it had no flavor, which I guess we are just used to wines with more flavor. The rest of the red wines they had were delicious as well. Their pricing is more on the higher side, but still very reasonable.
Lastly, we wanted to go to Poppy Ridge, but they closed early for a private event. So we ended up at John Evans and Big White House. When we arrived we were feeling the wine from the past two wineries. But when you have a DD( designated driver) why not drink more, right? So this winery I have visited several times, just like Bent Creek. We tasted 4-5 wines and the stand out wine was John Evans, 2012″Paracelcian” Cabernet Sauvignon. We all agreed, and wanted to purchase a few bottles, unfortunately it wasn’t being released by the bottle till today ( 11/6/16), and its on the pricier side of bottles. It was smooth, not to tart in flavor, perfect to go with a beautifully cooked filet mignon. I ended up coming home with bottle of the Peché Mignon, which is a peach sparkling wine. I am looking forward to trying it. I love most things with peaches.
We ended our day at Tequila’s Taqueria in Livermore, as well. Overall it was a blast, with great company. Hope you enjoyed hearing all about my adventure wine tasting.