Darcie Kent Vineyards, California

After exploring the Concannon Vineyard and Wente Winery, we went on to our next destination the “Darcie Kent Vineyards.” To be honest, we all knew that the three of us were all kind of drunk now, but still, wine tasting seems to lift up the spirits and our senses. This is the first winery on our list that is not historical but still close to the area.

At the entrance

We drove along Tesla Road and passing by a patrol car we turned left to the winery. There were plenty of vehicles in the lot so we ended up parking near the barn. The buildings in the winery had that feminine color of “iris purple” in my opinion. Even the barn was purple. We walked to the Tasting room where we were greeted by more of the theme color. As we walk and look around here is the family history of the winery.

“Darcie’s great, great grandfather, Fritz R. Ruegsegger, came to America with his family from Switzerland in 1875 to pursue a career in winemaking. In 1883, Fritz’s son and Darcie’s great grandfather, Christian Ruegsegger started his own winery, the Alpine Winery, in St. Joseph, Missouri, which held bond #62 in the United States.

Fritz R. Ruegsegger,

Along with managing the vineyards and all winemaking tasks, Christian hand-painted his own wine labels. The Alpine Winery bottled its last wine in 1945, when hard times following the repeal of Prohibition forced the family to shut down operations.”

We went inside where we saw a lot of artwork created by the owner and some of them are for sale. The room was filled like a small semi casual party, with people talking while standing and sipping their wines, and the modernist look of the whole area. Ta Vans went to the counter and we we were entertained and sat by the covered veranda. We took pics and videos. The lady who entertained us was very nice and she gave plenty of information about the wines we were tasting. As we taste our first wine here is some more history.

Darcie wines

“Darcie Kent now proudly carries on the family tradition as a fifth generation vintner and artist for the winery that bears her name, Darcie Kent Vineyards. Like her great grandfather before her, Darcie uses her original art for her wine labels and strives to capture the unique spirit of each vineyard and its owner, in her breathtakingly beautiful labels that grace each bottle.

Along with her husband David and her two daughters Kailyn and Amanda (sixth generation), Darcie Kent is committed to combining Livermore Valley terroir along with her artistry and passion to forge and sustain a world-class, family owned estate winery.”

We sobered up a bit as we wait for our next wine and we talked random things from the other wineries we have visited to the tastes which we all know were unfamiliar to us. The server came in with the next wine and she stayed with us until we taste all of them.  After that we decided to go to our next destination so as we walk out here is the rest of its history.

List of wines we tasted

“Established in 1996, Darcie Kent Vineyards is a family-owned & operated winery in the Livermore Valley located East of the San Francisco Bay. Fifth Generation vintner/artist Darcie Kent and Hungarian-born winemaker Julian Halasz work in unison to handcraft small lot, single-vineyard wines from sustainably farmed, family-owned vineyards in Monterey and the Livermore Valley. In addition to the wines sold at our winery, Darcie Kent Vineyards has been gradually expanding to restaurants nationwide for the past three years.”

We took some pictures and videos and we headed to our next winery at the nearby Rios-Lovell Estate Winery, but unfortunately, we were too late. Since it is New Year’s Eve everything closes early, so we decided to go home and wait for New Year’s while watching “The Haunting of Hill House,” on Netflix with the rest of the family. The wine tasting today was the best way to end the year and fun experience.

Here is the link for more information:

Say Cheez!

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