There’s a saying that wine is art in a glass. For 5th generation vintner Darcie Kent, that’s always been true. Darcie has helped shape the modern Livermore Valley, California wine scene through her wine, art and live music venue. For one, she’s championing Livermore Valley Grüner Veltliner. And, she’s working to bring in new folks into wine, whether through art, music, or, yes, cannabis.
We first met Darcie Kent, her husband David and daughters Kailyn and Amanda more than 20 years ago, filming a story with them about their new wine label for our NBC TV show In Wine Country. Back then, Darcie was “Almost Famous,” thanks to her first wine release of a Livermore Valley Merlot. Her own grapevine painting adorned the label.
Fast forward to 2023 and we are so happy to be back with Darcie at Darcie Kent Estate Winery in Livermore Valley. Her girls are grown — they are 6th generation vintners! The family has a few new ventures in addition to wine! Darcie moved her winery’s home base to a spot in the heart of Livermore Valley – famously owned by Bing Crosby – where she combines her wines, her art and a stand alone dispensary. She and her family also opened the Almost Famous Wine Company, a live music venue where wine pairs perfectly with local and national bands.
Visit Darcie Kent Estate Winery in California’s Livermore Valley
Visit Almost Famous in Livermore, CA
Wines tasted in this episode:
2019 Darcie Kent Vineyards Sparkling Grüner Veltliner, Montery County
2022 Darcie Kent Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Triska Vineyard, Livermore Valley
2021 Darcie Kent Vineyards Chardonnay, DeMayo Vineyard, Livermore Valley
2019 Darcie Kent Vineyards Stone Patch Cabernet Franc, San Francisco Bay