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The Wine Seeker's Guide
to Livermore Valley

by Thomas C. Wilmer

s a travel writer who has visited the Livermore Valley many times, I thought I knew a bit about the area. After reading Thomas C. Wilmer’s book, I realized how scanty “a bit" can be. The Wine Seeker’s Guide to Livermore Valley covers it all – the history, culture, and personal stories that make up this under-appreciated region just 45 minutes east of San Francisco.

This book...will appeal to wine lovers as well as to armchair ttravelers.

Wilmer’s concise and friendly writing style is enhanced by gorgeous photos that really make the area come alive. He introduces each winery with basic facts, such as tasting room hours, so the book is user-friendly for planning a day’s outing.

Wente Wineries, a family-owned business since 1883, and one of the region’s premier destinations, offers outdoor concerts, wedding packages, and award-winning dining in a romantic setting. Wilmer covers Wente, of course, but does not neglect the smaller and more obscure wineries of the region. In all, he covers about 40 wineries, many of them with wonderfully intriguing names such as The Singing Winemaker and Longevity Wines.

In addition to wineries, Wilmer describes each of the region’s seven towns, and covers local attractions that include restaurants, lodging, recreational activities, shopping, events, and more.

This book is packed full of useful information and will appeal to wine lovers as well as to armchair travelers who simply want “a good read.”

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