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Wente Vineyards: is a winery in Livermore, California and holds the distinction of being "the oldest continuously operating, family-owned winery in California." The Wente Estate is registered as California Historical Landmark.

The Winery: was established by Carl Wente in 1883 on 47 acres of land.[1] Having received training in wines while working for Charles Krug of Napa Valley, Wente purchased a few vineyards and land of excellent soil.[1] In 1935 his sons, Ernest and Herman, introduced California's first varietal wine label, Sauvignon Blanc. The efforts of the Wente family, including pioneering night-time mechanical harvesting, have helped establish the Livermore Valley as one of the premier wine-growing areas of California. Since then, it has expanded to over 2,000 acres (8 km²), plus an additional 700 acres (3 km²) in Arroyo Seco.

The Wente clone: is budwood that is used to plant chardonnay at many California winemakers. In 1912, a member of the Wente family took cuttings from the University of Montpellier viticultural nursery in France. Cuttings from the Wente vineyard then spread to a number of other wineries before eventually being certified by the Foundation Plant Materials Service of the University of California, Davis. Clones taken from the certified vines are known as "Wente" or "heat-treated Wente," and clones taken from vines before certification are known as "Old Wente."
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review by . April 19, 2010
   Hey San Diego wine shopping fans I want to introduce you to another great value sure to please even the most finicky of palates and it's what some call the poor man’s Rombauer wondering what I mean by that? Good question, if you had an opportunity to taste or drink Rombauer Chardonnay, you know exactly what I mean. For example a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny [like me] would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde.      If you are Wente …
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Rich and expressive with layers of ripe, tropical fruit accented by toasty oak, with a lusty finish!
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