What We’re Drinking

We love wine. 

No really…we LOVE it. 

We love talking about it… learning about it… sharing a glass (or bottle) with friends… pairing food with it… Honestly, we love everything about it. 

We started What We’re Drinking as a way of sharing our love of wine with you! Wine is exciting, and tasting together makes it even more enjoyable! Each week, we’ll spend a little time looking at a particular wine region – a brief history (don’t worry, memorization not required, there are no tests), the geography and climate surrounding the vines, and a couple of important grape varietals.  We’ll cap off our time together by sharing a glass… or at least a few tastes. 

Join us each Sunday at 4:00p on Facebook Live and explore with us! Take-home tasting kits are available each week Friday through Sunday during curbside pickup hours.

But really, who are we, and why do we get to teach you anything?

Alexandra Henkelman is the co-winemaker and co-owner of Omega Road Winery – a boutique winery and tasting room in the beautiful and historic Livermore Valley. Over a decade ago, she developed an appreciation for wine that led to her becoming a Level I Sommelier. In addition, she started making wine as a hobby, but it quickly became a passion project, and the doors to Omega Road opened to the public in June 2017. She loves crafting unique wines and blends, as well as discovering interesting varietals from amazing places. Beyond making wine, Alex also loves food…not surprising, right? She holds a Master’s Degree in Food Studies, and, when not at the winery, can usually be found cooking something up in her kitchen. At the core, she believes that wine has a super power – bringing people together to connect and create memories.  

Shannon Tesseyre is a Jane of all trades – food, wine, service, education, mom…the list goes on. She began her journey into the world of food and wine post college as a means of facilitating connection with family, roommates, and friends. Jobs in restaurants, bars, tasting rooms, and more provided a well-rounded perspective of the industry that quickly turned into a passion for the wine itself. A spontaneous decision to move to France led to new opportunities, including starting a small business in Lyon teaching French wine to tourists. A few years following her return to the US, Shannon was introduced to Omega Road Winery and found a family with the same love of good wine. She is now our Wine Assistant and Educator – helping in the cellar, tasting room, and with various events. She is a level one Sommelier, French Wine Scholar, and is currently working on her Spanish Wine Scholar certification. 

Lovely Lodi

Friends, this week we took a virtual trip to the well-known world of Lodi! While this beautiful region shares some traits with the Sierra Foothills, it is located closer to the Valley floor, sitting on the edge of the San Juaquin/Sacramento Delta. Though known for it’s stunning and bold Zinfandel, this viticultural area is home to over 100 varietals of grapes!  One of the incredible things about Lodi is the history… many of the vines in the area are over 100 years old! In fact, the old vine Zinfandel from Bokish (under their Tizona label) is from vines planted in …

Stunning Sierra Foothills

Friends, have you ever thought about rolling hills dotted with vineyards, warm days and cool evenings, crisp alpine air and bold and beautiful wines? If so, then you may be thinking of the stunning Sierra Foothills… The region is known for its high elevations, beautiful vistas, and historic Gold Rush towns, but has some fantastic wines that we can’t wait to share! The region specializes in interesting varietals and responsible farming (organic, biodynamic), but most important, crafting stunning wines that are fruit forward with an acid/tannin balance that create a beautifully structured wine just asking to be enjoyed with friends …

Noteworthy North Coast

Friends, we’ve talked about a LOT of details the past few weeks with our virtual explorations of the North Coast. We’ve dug into nearly 60 AVAs and sub-AVAs, talked about a bunch of the historical folks  involved in the regions, and learned about some of the well-known and prominent varietals. So now, we’re going to take a step back and take another brief look at the North Coast. We’re tasting some delightful Merlots, and answering all of your questions along the way! We made it through!  We gave you all a HUGE amount of information.  Hopefully, you feel like you …

Notorious Napa Valley

Ahhhh, Napa Valley.  We all know about Napa Valley…or at least, we think we do. But how much do you know about it beyond the big, bold, Cabs, or the creamy, buttery Chardonnays? What about the immigrants that started growing grapes and producing the award-winning wine? Or even what wines helped Napa gain modern notoriety with their wins during the famed Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976? Who first planted vines in Napa Valley? George Yount George Yount brought the first grape plantings to Napa Valley in 1839, they were planted in what is current day Yountville AVA. In 1861 …

Splendid Sonoma

Many of us recognize Sonoma Valley as home to beautiful vineyards, award-winning pinot noirs, and sumptuous chardonnays. But why are those varietals so notable? How does airflow from the Bay impact the vines? When were the first grapes grown? Did you know what is the most widely planted varietal? And more, why? Sonoma AVA Map A Taste of Sonoma County Sbragia Family Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County $19.99 (Total Wine & More) Truett Hurst Three Vineyards 2016 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County $24.99 (Total Wine & More) Omega Road Winery 2015 Petit Verdot Dry Creek Valley, …

Marvelous Mendocino County + Delightful Lake County

This week we took a deeper look into the Mendocino and Lake County Regions of California.  If you missed it and wish you could have seen our faces, you’re in luck!  This week was our first Facebook Live…and that means it’s recorded! Check out the full episode of What We’re Drinking: Sunday Edition: https://www.facebook.com/omegaroadwinery/videos/2916204158494694/. A special thanks to those who joined us for Sunday Edition AND Tuesday Trivia, you’re amazing! And whether or not you joined us, we wanted to provide you with a bit more context for the questions and their correct answers. Dig in, Friends!  Which of the …

Lovely Livermore Valley

Our first What We’re Drinking – Sunday Edition was amazing! We are going to dive into Livermore Valley and chat about why we are such an important and amazing wine region. We looked at a brief history of the Livermore Valley, the geography and climate that contribute to the beautiful vines we grow, as well as dive into some of the specific grape varietals… and of course, we’ll be sipping some wine in the process! Did you know… -Livermore Valley is responsible for the creation of the Chardonnay grape most widely planted in California? -It was a Livermore wine that …