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Livermore Pour

Kelly McFarland and Julie Racine debut the Winemaker’s Pour House this Fall.


Julie Racine

Since the day they met, Kelly McFarland and Julie Racine have been drinking wine together.

A mutual friend introduced them at Livermore’s Blacksmith Square, where a few valley wineries had opened tasting rooms. Soon, the two began hatching a plan to open up their own wine-tasting shop.

“We just clicked,” says Racine. “We play off each other really well.”

McFarland is a retired navy officer (she was deployed in Iraq for one year) and worked in web software, and Racine has “sold everything from auto parts to fine arts.” Rather than watch each individual winery struggle to run a second downtown location, they decided to join forces and open a one-stop shop, featuring wines from nearly all 54 Livermore wineries. No Napa or Sonoma party crashers here.

This fall, the two will debut the Winemaker’s Pour House, where they’ll offer Livermore wines by the taste, glass, or bottle, and food designed to match the wines. Customers can also try flights of the same grape from different wineries or a series of varietals from one winery. They can relax and sip in the dining room, or on the back patio overlooking Livermore’s flagpole (McFarland’s favorite spot).

Kelly McFarland“Every other region has rooms where you can taste and test the wines of the area,” McFarland says. “There’s a huge variety of really, really well-made wine in Livermore, and it’s time for it to take its place as a premiere wine-growing region
of the world.”

Winemaker’s Pour House, 2241 First St., Livermore, (888) 316-1499, winemakerspourhouse.com.

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