HILLS NEWSPAPERS: November 21, 2014
Please forgive Santa if he ditches his sleigh for a bike in the Livermore Valley. More than 8 miles of bike lanes and trails connect 16-plus wineries in this pleasantly rural wine region.
John Concannon is surprisingly modest about the winery’s achievements — even when talking about one of my favorite wines, Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover.
It turns out that soft, petit syrah-inspired blend has been the most successful brand that Concannon has had in 130 years, from a volume standpoint.
What sets the Livermore Valley apart from Napa and Sonoma can be summed up in just a few words. It’s accessible, affordable, approachable and award-winning — what the Wine Growers Association calls the “A-list.”
Add activities to the list, too, since one of the year’s best events is coming up in December. Holidays in the Vineyards (Dec. 6-7) is a warm, feel-good occasion with music and crafts and wineries that go all out in decorating their tasting rooms.
“What’s so wonderful,” John Concannon says, “is we have over 50 wineries and you can come out and typically meet the winemakers and owners. The wineries are much closer together and they’re easy to get to.”
What are your favorite local adventures? Drop me a line, and I’ll share them with readers. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.ginnyprior.com.
For a map of the Livermore bike trails: http://www.larpd.org/open_space/trails.html