Saturday, January 9, 2010

Garré Vineyard & Winery - great food, great wine, great fun

Garré Vineyard and Winery is not only a fine place to taste some excellent wine, but also a good place to visit, grab a bite to eat and even take in a game of Bocce. The Garré family winemaking traditions began back in Italy where winemaking is an art form handed down from generation to generation.

Café Garré offers wine country visitors a chance to sample food from around the Mediterranean including Spanish Seviche Tostadas, Italian pasta, Greek Chicken Sandwich and French Baked Brie. These foods utilize the estate grown organic herbs and heirloom vegetables. The Café is open for lunch and dinner; check the website for their operating hours.

Winemaker Wayne Re works with owner Bob Molinaro to produce the fine selections of wine at Garré. Most of the grapes used in their wines come from their 20 acre estate on Tesla Road near the intersection with Greenville Road on the east side of Livermore. They focus mainly on the Bordeaux varietals and blends. These grapes grow very well in the Livermore Valley and produce wines that deliver in aromas, flavors and body. Garré only produces about 2500 cases a year.

The Garré 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is a great drinking wine with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, peach and melon with only a slight grassiness that is found in many Sauvignon Blancs. This wine would pair wonderfully with a summer salad or seafood.

The 2005 Cabernet Franc has a bright red color and aromas of raspberry, cherry, blueberry and floral qualities mixed with cedar and tea from the oak. As you taste this wine you will detect these same fruits along with mint and pepper you expect from a Cab Franc and some tobacco.

Garré 2006 Gina Marie’s Merlot is full of the aromas and flavors of red cherry, figs and even a bit of chocolate, vanilla and toast. This is a very food friendly wine that would pair nicely with many foods.

While most of the wines of Garré are Bordeaux varietals, they have recently introduced Syrah and a new release this year is a 2006 Reserve Syrah that is a pleasure to taste with aromas and flavors of dark fruit including raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry along with interesting notes of clove and nutmeg spices and a touch of tobacco.

In addition to food and wine, Garré has become an event center with their multi-million dollar Martinelli Conference and Event Center. Garré is also one of the premier wedding locations in the valley. Check out Garré at 7986 Tesla Road in Livermore to experience a friendly fun place to visit.

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