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Thomas Coyne Winery

Thomas Coyne has moved to a new location — 2405 Research Dr., Livermore CA (925) 373-6541

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Thomas Coyne Winery tasting roomArriving at this tasting room, is like finding yourself in the French countryside, with weathered farm buildings, vistas of vineyards, hills and beyond to Mount Diablo. Two of the buildings look straight out of a French movie—flat front, stucco with exposed brick on the first floor, weathered wood on the top floor. Constructed in 1881 by Frenchman Alexander Duvall for his Chateau Bellevue Winery—the walls are two-feet thick, extending seven feet into the hillside. Chutes transported juice from the upper floor to redwood tanks below.
Thomas Coyne, a chemical engineering graduate of Penn State, began making homemade wine in 1969 in New York. He and his wife, Emilie, came to Pleasanton in 1977 for a job at Clorox Company. There he met Kent Rosenblum. Coyne left corporate life to work for Rosenblum Cellars.
Thomas Coyne Winery farm buildings and Livermore Valley viewA year later, he started Thomas Coyne Winery using Rosenblum’s crush facilities. Then Coyne rented the old Chateau Bellevue facility in 1994 and has been crafting award-wining wines there since. He focuses on Rhone and Bordeaux grapes, striving to produce fruit forward wines. He uses extensive barrel aging, varying the length of time and barrel type according to the wine he is crafting.

Fascinating Fact:

The windows all face north to avoid sunlight infiltration.
Amenities: Tasting at winery or Blacksmith Square
Founded: 1989
Signature Wines: Mourvédre, Pinot Blanc, Petite Sirah
Wine Tasting: Friday 3 – 6, Weekends 12 – 6
Thomas Coyne Winery
2405 Research Dr. (new location - Oct. 2013)
Livermore, CA, 94550

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Sandy Sims, an award winning journalist, newspaper editor, and travel writer, also writes fiction.
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