Living in the center of Sonoma County, right in the middle of wine country, I didn’t know there was another wine country an hour and a half away! Invited to spend the weekend with my niece and her new husband we took off early on a Saturday morning.
After a nice visit, we headed out to explore “the other wine country”! First stop, the beautiful Concannon Vineyards for lunch on the patio-really nice!
After lunch you can walk around the garden and out to see the beautifully restored Victorian house on the property…
Next we visited a winery called “3 Steves”. Founded and run by three men who all left the corporate world to open their own winery, and who all share the name Steve…really! Not only was the weather perfect for relaxing on the patio, but we received quite an education on different kinds of wine! There’s something special about visiting with the owners while learning about the making of the wine you’re tasting.
Admiring a photo on the winery wall, it was fun to find out it was taken by my niece…with her cell phone! It’s beautiful…just shows you it’s the photographer and not the camera that makes a fine photo!
As we left 3 Steves the sun was getting nearly low enough in the sky for good photography so we drove all around through the vineyards stopping to photograph the country side…not missing Alden Nursery, a truly beautiful garden center…
Evening sun is wonderful for making vineyard images…
After a great dinner we mapped out our photo trip for sunrise the next morning. The two best times of day for vineyard photography are right at sunrise or sunset so we were off by 6:30 a.m. to find whatever presented itself in front of the lense in this beautiful light. The Livermore valley has much to offer besides vineyards, including old barns, parks and gorgeous neighborhoods, all nestled in the grapes! A few early morning images to wet your appetite for a little weekend trip…enjoy!
We finished our lovely weekend with breakfast in charming downtown Livermore. The buffet breakfast at the Alehouse has the most amazing omelets! And, if you’re in the mood to relax over coffee…don’t miss Panama Red coffee right across the street:
We were fortunate to have a personal guide in my sweet niece…if you’d like to check out “the other wine country” for yourself find out more at: http://www.californiawineryadvisor.com/regions/livermore