Livermore Valley shows off the potential of its climate and soil in the wines at Murrieta’s Well. From the long list of grapes in The Whip white blend, you could assume they can grow just about anything in Livermore: Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Orange Muscat, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Semmilon, and Muscat Canelli. It’s got the feel of thick rich honey with the body of apricot or peach nectar and a long finish. Its screw cap and versatile palate make it great for anything you’d want on a picnic.
The Spur blends an assortment of rich red grapes: Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. You can taste the best of each grape in a glass of this wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon brings black cherry while the Petite Sirah brings juicy blueberry. A hint of cocoa and spice from the Malbec is a good match for the earthy flavors of all of them. Balanced tannins and acidity come from astute winemaking and blending while the long finish is what you remember.
If you make it to the winery, ask about their Chorizo Spice Rub from onsite chef Matt Greco. It is just as spicy as it is smoky, making possibilities endless.