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Nottingham Cellars marks 46th Livermore winery

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 4:39 pm in Corkheads.

Nottingham Cellars

Instead of retiring from his plastic manufacturing business and playing golf, Jeff Cranor has joined forces with his son Collin to launch Nottingham Cellars, the Livermore Valley’s 46th winery.

The Cranors, of San Leandro, source fruit from Lodi, Livermore, and Napa Valley for their inaugural wines, which include a Viognier and a Bordeaux blend called Ralphi’s, which is 60 percent Livermore Cabernet Sauvignon.Wines range from $18 to $45.

Despite troubled times, the Cranors even managed to set up shop in a tasting room at 2245 S. Vasco Road. The wine will be flowing for free at their three-day launch party, Nov. 20-22. To RSVP, visit their web site, www.nottinghamcellars.com.

By the way, winery No. 45, Occasio, opened last month in the Livermore Valley and also has a tasting room on S. Vasco Road. Their current releases, a Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Petit Sirah, and Pinot Gris, are crafted solely from grapes grown in the Livermore Valley. Check them out on their web site, www.occasiowinery.com.

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