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El Sol Winery
Livermore Valley Winery and Tasting Room
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
El Sol Winery sits in a bucolic setting, on an abandoned Foster Farm chicken ranch.
The tasting room, however, is like an urban wine bar, with tall round tables, colorful gifts, a-picture-window view of the hills, and a patio.
“We greet people within three seconds of arriving,” Hal Liske says, “introduce ourselves by first names.”
Hal and Kathy Liske originally intended to grow a honey business here, but friends scuttled that idea when they introduced Hal to winemaking. He renovated farm buildings into a tasting room, a barrel room, and processing facility.
Growing a small amount of their own grapes, the Liskes source most from growers in Livermore Valley and from Lodi, Amador and Contra Costa Counties. They barrel-age reds four years, so they are fully matured, table ready upon release, and white wines longer than most wineries.
Hal believes the oak’s job is to push the fruit forward. “I use 95 percent, once-used French oak, and I like the fact that my red wines spend maximum time in the barrel without getting over oaky.”
Hal Liske worked 36 years as a firefighter for Hayward Fire Department.
Amenities: Wine club, private parties, small group tastings, barrel tasting