My cousins were in town visiting from Los Angeles and we had a few hours to kill. So in thinking what we could do, the answer was to go to the Livermore Wine Region. I had heard that there was a new restaurant at the Concannon Winery so that is where we headed. The staff greeted us very nicely. This was around 12:30 on a Friday afternoon January 2011. We each spent the $10.00 for the tasting (which includes keeping the logo wine glass). We were poured their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and their Petite Sirah (which they are known most for). We enjoyed tasting their wines and had a good time doing it. They have a lot of room to roam while sipping the wine. Their tasting room is filled with great items for sale. We purchased some chocolate bites that we sampled with our Petite Sirah.
After the wine tasting we went over to the restaurant check-in area, which is on the opposite side of the tasting room bar. The restaurant is called the Underdog Wine Bar. We were seated right away. Inside the restaurant there are two large rooms. One is smaller than the other and has a beautiful bar and a few tables. The larger room has another beautiful bar and quite a few tables and chairs. The décor is all done with dark woods and has a very nice ambiance. Along
the hallway down to the restaurant from the winery there is a lot of
the Concannon Winery family history posted for your reading enjoyment. We opted to sit outside as the sky was blue and the temperature was in the mid to high 60’s. There was a bit of a breeze but where we sat we were blocked from most of it. Outside they have a few tables with chairs and a few couches with a coffee table in front of it. None of us ordered wine with lunch as we had just enjoyed our tasting. Karen ordered Orange and Thyme Marinated Olives and Brown Sugar Rosemary Cashews and Almonds for us all to share. After a bit Karen ordered the Ahi Tuna Tartar Tower and Rod and I ordered the Panini with Prosciutto and Gruyere Cheese for our main lunch entree. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. It was very relaxing sitting outside. Some families had opted to bring their picnic lunch and went onto the lawn and enjoyed at the tables provided. The three of us shared a dessert, Petite Sirah Marinated Fresh Berries with Vanilla Bean Sabayon. Very delicious! The service was very good and even though the menu seemed a little bit limited, there was something on it that everyone enjoyed. Their hours are Thursday thru Saturday 12:00 – 10:00 and Sunday thru Wednesday 12:00 – 8:00.