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July 2015

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108  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2015 APPELLATION EXPLORATION Time for a quick round of Wine-themed Jeopardy! Answer: The AVA that was ground zero for establishing Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in California. Question: What is the Livermore Valley? And that's exactly what a group of Bay Area sommeliers came to discover at Wente Vineyards and Murrieta's Well wineries on a crystal-clear morning in late May. Inside the renovated winery, named after Joaquin Murrieta—an infamous bandito who was said to frequent an artesian well on the property before California Rangers ended his short-lived career in 1853—our cadre of sea- soned sommeliers fueled up for a full day of experiential, hands-on learning with warm breakfast burritos. BAY AREA SOMMELIERS DIG DEEP TO DISCOVER LIVERMORE VALLEY'S TERROIR AND THE HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY Livermore Valley Karl Wente points out owl boxes placed at regular intervals in a block of Cabernet Sauvignon as part of Wente's focus on sustainability. by Deborah Parker Wong / photos by Hardy Wilson

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