Some wines deserve a little more attention than others. These wineries are producing exceptional wines that deserve added attention and appreciation.
The Steven Kent Winery
Although he grew up in a family that has been making wine for six generations, it wasn’t until 1996 that Steven Kent Mirassou brought his love of great Cabernet Sauvignon to the Livermore Valley and started The Steven Kent Winery, with the singular focus of crafting the very best possible Bordeaux wines.
Actually, Cabernet was anything but new to the Livermore Valley; it had grown there successfully since the late 1800s. But, inspired by the climate and soils of Livermore Valley, Steven wanted to raise the bar. And he did. Today, The Steven Kent Winery is a standard- bearer for the region, crafting small lot vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties. In fact, according to Wine Enthusiast, "Steven Kent is producing today’s greatest Livermore Cabernets, wines that hearken back to the valley’s roots as one of California’s best wine regions."
'16 Lola White Blend - $24
Lemongrass, citrus, mineral, grass
'13 Cabernet Sauvignon, Home Ranch Vineyard - $65
Dark cherry, herbal mint, cassis
'13 The Premier Cabernet Sauvignon - $100
Black cherry, plum, chocolate, toasted oak
’13 Lineage - $155
Black fruit, lead, fennel pollen, coffee
5443 Tesla Rd.
Livermore Valley, CA 94550
Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards
With a passion for Rhône varietals and the word "acquiesce" as her mantra, Winemaker Susan Tipton lovingly crafts a stellar lineup of unique Rhône-style white wines including Picpoul Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Belle Blanc, and Grenache Rosé. The wines, styled to be pure and food friendly, are bottled in graceful French wine bottles befitting their contents.
'15 Belle Blanc - $26
Blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier. Won a Double Gold in the American Fine Wine Competition.
'14 Cabernet Franc - $36
Raspberry, soft and elegant
'15 Viognier - $24
Won best Viognier in California at the California State Fair Wine Competition.
22353 N. Tretheway Road
Acampo, CA 95220
Since its founding in 2001, family-owned Maryhill Winery has won more than 2,500 awards including Wine Press Northwest’s 2015 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, the San Francisco International Wine Competition’s 2014 Winery of the Year, the Indy International Wine Competition’s 2013 Winemaker of the Year, and Seattle Magazine’s Best Destination Winery.
Maryhill Winery is the answer to an entrepreneurial dream shared by owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold who saw great potential for a winery in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, perched on the northern side of the Columbia River, in the southern tip of the Columbia Valley. Through the years, Maryhill has built a stunning portfolio of more than 50 wines of exceptional quality and surprisingly affordable price points. Under the direction of Winemaker Richard Batchelor, who has fostered relationships with some of Washington State’s most highly regarded growers in eight separate AVAs, the portfolio features many rare and unusual varietals, as well as award-winning classics, including a standout Single Vineyard Series collection for wine club members.
“Since its founding in 2001, family-owned Maryhill Winery has won more than 2,500 awards.”
'15 Rosé of Sangiovese - $16
Sweet floral, strawberries, watermelon, caramel.
'13 Sangiovese - $26
Mixed berry jam, campfire, Bing cherry, boysenberries.
'13 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel - $24
Dried plum, Bing cherry, ripe berries, anise.
9774 Hwy 14
Goldendale, WA 98620
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