Friday, July 22, 2016
Check out Livermore Valley's newest winery, Leisure Street
Leisure Street tasting room opened this past March at 503 Leisure Street which is just off Vasco Road in an industrial zone a stone’s throw from I-580. The owners are insurance brokers Rick and Kelly Volpatti. In fact when they decided to open their winery, they moved their insurance offices from downtown Livermore to a site next door to the winery.
Kelly and Rick have always loved wine and a few years ago Steve Burman of 3 Steves winery suggested that she try to make her own wine. They jumped at this chance and found that winemakers of Livermore Valley are a family with a passion for making wine that reflects the great style and variety of Livermore Valley. Several winemakers were there to help her produce her first Chardonnay. Besides the Steve’s of 3 Steves, she had help from Mark Clarin, the award winning winemaker at McGrail, plus Collin Cranor of Nottingham Cellars and Rhonda Wood of Wood Family. They all provided her an education in winemaking and in crafting her wines. They have grown from a half of ton of Chardonnay that first year to 5, 8, 12, and now 18 tons of grapes, resulting in over 1000 cases. They have also picked up several barrels of wine from the Thomas Coyne Winery estate, especially some of the great Rhone style grapes that Thomas used to produce.
Now as new winemakers, owning their own insurance brokerage, developing their winemaking skills and building two companies simultaneously, Rick and Steve definitely are not on Leisure Street yet in their careers.
Their 2013 GSM with 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, a very nice Rhone style blend wine. I hope you enjoy the nice blend of fruit on the nose and the palate with cherry and blueberry, combined with the spice of the Syrah and backed up by the earthiness of the Mourvedre.