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Food: Livermore Valley: Napa’s Laid-Back Twin

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Although it’s easy to see why Northern California’s Napa and Sonoma valleys are so popular, their commercial success has come at a cost. The area’s quick expansion has meant that smaller wineries have mostly been swallowed up by larger, more commercially-viable estates. For this reason, if you’re looking for a low-key wine tasting experience in a smaller, family-run environment, the tri-valley may be your best option.

For a more personal alternative, the wineries in the Livermore Valley just east of San Francisco are just as good but definitely further under the radar. As part of the greater tri-valley area that encompasses the Amador, Livermore and San Ramon Valleys, Livermore Valley is home to some of the oldest vineyards in California. Read Full Story

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