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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Livermore Wine Country by Erik Wait

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Livermore Valley by Nicholas Pavloff
Erik Wait is a photographer and writer based in Castro Valley. He was hooked on discovering San Diego wineries after a 1997 trip to Temecula, then branched out to other parts of California and Oregon.

Erik Wait studied enology at Las Positas College in Livermore. In 2012 he obtained a Wine and Spirit Educational Trust (WSET) Advanced Certification. His interest in wine includes the history and philosophy of the winery owners and winemakers who've dedicated themselves to creating fine wines. Happily, Erik Wait's California wine tasting adventures included several stops in the Livermore Valley. His memories are captured here in a series of videos.

Livermore Wine Country by Erik Wait

I created a YouTube playlist of Erik Wait's Livermore Wine Country videos: Livermore Wine Country Playlist

The featured wineries include AuburnJames Winery, Bent Creek Winery, Big White House Winery, Bodegas Aguirre Winery, Cedar Mountain Winery, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda RidgeWines, Deer Ridge Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Elliston Vineyards, Fenestra Winery, Garre Vineyard & Winery, Les Chenes Estate Vineyards, McGrail Vineyards, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Occasio Winery, Red Feather Winery, Retzlaff Vineyards, Rios-Lovell Estate Winery, Ruby Hill Winery, The Steven Kent Winery, Thomas Coyne Winery, and Wente Vineyards.

Some of the wineries have been playing musical chairs since these videos were produced. Las Positas Vineyards is now located located at 1828 Wetmore Road in Livermore (formerly Deer Ridge Vineyards). Darcie Kent Vineyards has moved to 7000 Tesla Road in Livermore (formerly Cedar Mountain Winery, which has moved to 10843 Reuss Road in Livermore). Mitchell Katz Winery has moved from Pleasanton to its new location at 2481 Buena Vista Avenue in Livermore. 3 Steves Winery is now located at 5700 Greenville Road in Livermore (formerly Red Feather Winery). After 18 years on Vallecitos Road at the historic Chateau Bellevue Winery site, Thomas Coyne Winery has relocated to 2405 Research Drive in Livermore. Eagle Ridge Vineyard is also home to Dante Robere Vineyards.

Erik Wait's blogs are loaded with gorgeous winery photos -- take a virtual tour!

The California Winery Review
Erik Wait's Wine Country Photography
The World of Wine Review
The Oregon Winery Review

Early Livermore (Images of America)
by Livermore Heritage Guild

Livermore Wineaux Wine Bottles with Rope Font Long Sleeve T-Shirts

Livermore Valley Poster Print by Nicholas Pavloff Available on Amazon