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I’ve seen the concerts line-up at Wente Vineyards that last few times I visited here for special events, the restaurant, and wines tasting. I finally got to attend the Colbie Caillat, Christina Perri, and Rachel Platten ‘Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too’ tour in August 2015.
Christina Perri is best known for hits: Jar of Hearts, Arms, 1000 Years, and Bubbly. Colbie Caillat is a two times Grammy winner. Special guest Rachel Platten, whose Fight Song has been played on the radio all day long! They surely put on an incredible show. Each sang at least seven-eight songs. They were engaged with the guests, and it was so much fun.
The Concerts at Wente Vineyards has showcased some of the top entertainers in this beautiful winery’s picturesque natural amphitheater. The stage was nicely set. Artists can be easily seen if you don’t sit too far out, good speakers, and sound systems. I love how the amphitheater is not big so that the concert feels very intimate and romantic. The Concert at The Wente Vineyards is a perfect spot for celebrate special occasions.
They transported us from the parking lot to the gate with their golf carts, just perfect for 5-inch heels.The staff was super attentive. The event was well organized. The buffet dinner was good. There was chicken, halibut, pork, salad, pasta, side dishes, tea, coffee, and 2 desserts; more food that you can imagine. The line can be long after 6:30 PM. So arrive early to avoid that. The Buffet serves from 6-8 PM.
The Buffet food was catered by Wente’s new executive chef Mike Ward of Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Chef Ward believes in embracing the history and tradition of food by using fresh ingredients from local sources. Aside from The Restaurant’s own on-site organic herb and vegetable garden, Ward continues to support regional purveyors.
The restaurant at Wente Vineyards features ingredient-driven California wine country cuisine using sustainably and organically grown local ingredients. While the menu holds its foundation in American dishes, it is influenced by French and Italian provincial cuisine. The seasonal menu changes daily, utilizing produce from The Restaurant’s organic garden. The award-winning wine list offers more than 1,000 selections, providing numerous options for wine pairings.
We also got lucky to meet the outgoing and super tall 5th generation
winemaker Karl Wente. He’s such a charming character. I have met other winemakers before Brad Buehler and Claude Bubba as well as vineyards manager Julio Covarrubias. Everyone was kind, shared their stories, and truly love what they do here and have been working for Wente for decades.
Did you know Wente Vineyards was the first family brought the Chardonnay grape to the U.S.? Their clone is now widely planted in California by other wineries
The staff was knowledgeable and excellent. Wente Vineyards is a must stop if you plan to visit Livermore Wine Country. The wines are good, reasonable price point, and plenty of choices for you to choose.
The Summer Concerts at Wente Vineyards has been around for almost thirty years. I’m so glad I made it here this Summer and looking forward to Summer 2016 concerts.
The Concerts at Wente Vineyards
Wente Vineyards Tasting Room
5050 Arroyo Road
Livermore, CA 94550
by Manda Bear