Support Local | Wineries and Vineyards

February, 11, 2021

With the start of a new year comes a time of reflection, resolutions, and new goals. With so many businesses affected this past year by the ongoing pandemic, we believe a great goal to set for 2021 is to support local. Many stores, shops, and restaurants are open for business, curbside pickup, and online ordering. We have gathered up a list of local businesses all around the Tri-Valley and Fremont area that you can feel good about supporting.

Wineries and Vineyards

We are incredibly lucky to have award-winning wineries all throughout California, with some of the best right here in the Bay Area. Napa first comes to mind when planning a trip to the vineyards, however, the East Bay and Tri-Valley areas have many amazing and accredited wineries. Take a look at our curated list of just some of the local wineries you can visit today.

Wente Vineyards | 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore

Wente Vineyards is the country’s longest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, we draw from our estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

They are currently open for outdoor tastings and curbside pick-up. Reservations are required and available for 90-minutes from Friday to Sunday. Curbside pick-up is available Thursday-Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

McGrail Vineyards and Winery | 5600 Greenville Rd, Livermore

Making premium estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon in the Livermore Valley this family-owned winery was founded in 2005. Located just past Poppy Ridge Golf Course, they have beautiful views from their patio and a sprawling lawn for you to enjoy picnics.

Currently, their tasting room is only open by limited reservations, but their wines are available to order online and over the phone. You can order wines delivered to your doorstep or you can do curbside pickup at the winery.

Longevity Wines | 2271 South Vasco Road, Livermore

Longevity Wines is a boutique family operated, urban style winery located in the Livermore AVA, whose focus is on quality, not quantity. All of the wines are produced in small lots to keep a hands-on approach to quality control. The Owner, Phil Long, is the president of the Association of African American Vintners. Its goal is to raise awareness of the great wines already being made by black winemakers, Long says, and to create a world where there can be more in the future.

They are open for reservations for outdoor seating, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Curbside and delivery options are also available, as well as online shopping.

Chouinard Vineyards and Winery | 33853 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley

Chouinard Winery is located in Palomares Canyon between Castro Valley and the Livermore wine country on the historic Cook Ranch, since 1983. Malbec, Chardonnay, Barbera Rose, Cabernet, Chenin Blanc, Port, they craft award-winning wines of all types.

Visitors are able to call for Curbside Pickup Appointment – 510-582-9900. And the tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Westover Winery | 34329 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley

Founder William Westover Smyth purchased the Palomares Canyon winery property in 1986. He decided to plant grapevines on the property to increase the value of the land and earn extra money selling to the local wineries. He founded Westover Winery with the goal of producing high-quality small-lot wines.

They are currently open on weekends 12:30-5:00 pm Tasting. No appointment required. Also open seven days per week by appointment.

Nella Terra Cellars | 5005 Sheridan Rd, Sunol

The Beemiller family started Nella Terra Cellars Boutique Winery and Event Center in 2014 as a benefit corporation. The family has owned the property since 1978 and wanted to share its beauty with others. They planted their first vineyard in 2013. The unique microclimate of Nella Terra’s valley provides an ideal environment for growing high quality California grapes.

Their tasting room is closed for the winter. Curbside pick up is available Saturdays 12:00 -3:00 pm or by appointment.

Big Dog Vineyards | 4545 Felter Rd, Milpitas

Located in the Milpitas Hills, over-looking the Silicon Valley, Big Dog Vineyards is a locally-owned, boutique winery with a focus on small-batch, handmade wines. The winery and tasting room opened in 2009, right beside their estate vineyard which was planted twelve years prior. For twenty years, they have worked to achieve the highest quality wines possible in every step from grapes to glass, maintaining an emphasis on traditional techniques and small production.

Currently open Friday through Sunday on a reservation basis. Private tastings are available as well, along with online ordering.

We would love to hear of other great shops to support! Let us know below.

Support Local | Food and Drink Shops

January, 28, 2021

With the start of a new year comes a time of reflection, resolutions, and new goals. With so many businesses affected this past year by the ongoing pandemic, we believe a great goal to set for 2021 is to support local. Many stores, shops, and restaurants are open for business, curbside pickup, and online ordering. We have gathered up a list of local shops all around the Tri-Valley and Fremont area that you can feel good about supporting.

Food & Drink Shops

Whether you are in the mood for fresh coffee, tea, new wine, or something sweet, your local food and drink shops are the perfect place to start. The quality mixed with the ability to try locally made food and drinks can surpass the ease of shopping at chain grocery and coffee stores. These shops are open now and ready to serve up delicious treats.

Inklings Coffee | 530 Main St, Pleasanton

Located in downtown Pleasanton, this locally-owned coffee and tea shop has a great ambiance and plenty of books to read while you sip.

In their own words “a place IN the community, FOR the community. An unhurried coffee shop inspired by the adventure stories of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. A place where you can take time to wonder, converse, connect, and be inspired.”

The Wine Steward | 641 Main Street, Pleasanton

The Wine Steward is a local wine shop with personalized service and a large selection. They are thrilled to now offer you the ability to shop online!

The store is open with limited capacity and following CDC guidelines.

Espresso Rosetta | 206 S J St, Livermore

This shop is locally-owned by long-time residents of Livermore, as well as long-time coffee connoisseurs. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and tea along with pastries.

Casse Croute Bakery | 50 S Livermore Ave, Livermore

Serving French-press coffee & sandwiches, this quaint spot offers house-baked bread & pastries. Freshly baked in house daily, enjoy warm croissants, muffins, buttery, sugary brioche, and a cup of hot french press coffee!

Danville Cigar Fine Wine & Gifts | 445 Hartz Ave, Danville

Posh retailer of cigars, wine, artisan chocolate & upscale gifts, with a garden patio for smoking. Here you can discover a rare selection of fine wines & port vintages, some of which are exclusive to their store. Most of their wines and ports are from the neighboring Napa and Sonoma valley regions.

Medleno Coffee Shop & Roastery | 480 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville

A locally-owned coffee shop that prides itself on quality. Their coffee beans are always freshly roasted and the coffee drinks are freshly brewed. In their own words, their mission is “to provide the freshest locally roasted gourmet coffee experience to aficionados and connoisseurs who share a passion for coffee.”

Seven Hills Baking Co. | 3295 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley

This bakery is owned by Julien Wagner, an award-winning chef with experience at top restaurants in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Visit and enjoy classic baguettes and other French loaves he has perfected over the years, along with nourishing whole and sprouted grains on his bread menu, sandwiches to take away, and laminated croissants and Danish pastries.

Doc’s Wine Shop | 22570 Foothill Blvd, Hayward

This small shop owned by a Certified Sommelier features hundreds of brand names of white and red wine, including Chardonnays, Merlots, Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, and Cabernets, Doc also offers a wide selection of beer, cheese, and wine gift baskets.

Devout Coffee | 37323 Niles Blvd, Fremont

Patrons can watch coffee being roasted & extracted at this spartan, modern coffeehouse with a patio. Sourced and extracted with precision and care, It is why they serve simple drinks without compromise, so patrons can actually taste some of the best coffee from incredible coffee farms located around the world.

Mary’s Bakery | 34370 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

Family owned and operated, this bright bakery set in a shopping plaza, offers Asian-style pastries, cakes & buns that are incredibly popular with local residents.

We would love to hear of other great shops to support! Let us know below.

Livermore Valley Wineries | Venture Home

September, 24, 2020

Nestled along the Northern Central Coast, you’ll find the picturesque vineyards of Livermore Valley. Located only 30 miles east of bustling San Francisco, this wine region invites locals and visitors to stop and smell the roses — and to stop and sip the rose’.

Its lavish wineries and trendy restaurants make Livermore an epicurean dream come true. And though the wineries have been closed down for quite some time due to Coronavirus, they are finally back open and ready for visitors. What better way to support local than with delicious wine?

This comprehensive guide highlights everything you need to know about a region whose atmosphere is nothing short of intoxicating. You can follow the link for our full Venture Home Magazine article.

CLICK HERE to read more

Wine of the Volcano

June, 3, 2012

Photo by Jessica Sprig

What does honey, guava, and grapes have in common?  They are all ingredients used in the creation of Hawaiian wines. Like all things in Hawaii our wine is not a replica of something you might find in Italy or California, but instead it is unique and holds a flavor that fits perfectly with our culture and traditions.  One of the first and most popular wines was a pineapple sparkling wine first introduced on Maui in the 70s. Today, you’ll find all kinds of varieties from Macadamia Nut Honey Wine to the award-winning Symphony Mele.

In 1948, Dr. Harold Olmo, a viticulturist at UC Davis, started developing a new variety of grape that would later be called Symphony.  Almost thirty years later the cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris varieties was finally completed and the new spicy white grape began being used in the production of wine.  The Symphony grape grows well at higher elevations in volcanic terrain and is one of the few vines that can survive on the islands.  It is often blended with fruit wine, but can also be made as a stand-alone bottle.

Volcano Wine By Alex Avriette

If you are visiting Hawaii, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to go wine tasting at one of the three local vineyards.  Diamond Head Winery is located on Oahu. Tedeschi Vineyards can be found on Maui.  And the Big Island has Volcano Vineyards.  At 4,000 feet above sea level on the summit of the active shield volcano Kīlauea you’ll find 14 acres of Symphony grape vines.  Spend the morning hiking the Kīlauea Iki Trail and settle in for some tasting and a picnic lunch at Volcano Vineyard in the afternoon.

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