Bay Area food lovers and Diablo Magazine judges have once again honored The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards with a Diablo Food Award, in recognition of its local, sustainable wine country fare. The award distinguishes the Livermore Valley restaurant as one of the top dining experiences in the East Bay for the sixth time in seven years. The Wente family will honor the award with “Celebration Week” from Monday, November 2nd through Monday, November 9th. Throughout the week, guests of The Restaurant are invited to enjoy a prix fixe menu including a complimentary glass of Wente Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon estate grown wine, which will come straight from the oak aging barrel.

“We sincerely appreciate recognition by Diablo Magazine’s judges and thank our loyal family of guests for the high praise,” said Christine Wente, Senior Vice-President of Hospitality. “To show our gratitude, we are inviting guests out the first week of November for a specially priced celebration of food and wine.”

“Celebration Week” will take place from November 2nd through 9th and will feature a two course prix fixe dinner paired with a glass of the Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon straight from the barrel for $29 (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (925) 456-2450 oronline.

Every year, Diablo Magazine readers vote for their favorite restaurants, and Diablo’s judges rate the restaurants’ food, ambience, and service, out of a possible 100 points. The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards received 91 points, with judge Nicholas Boer commenting “Wente provides a spirit of hospitality that should put a bull rider at ease, and a level of detail that just might impress a computer scientist.”  The November issue is on newsstands now.

About The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

At The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, wine country cooking means delicious dishes based on garden fresh, locally raised and foraged ingredients. While the menu has its foundation in classic American dishes, it is influenced by French and Italian provincial cuisine. The menu changes daily (with a few favorites perennially available).  And The Restaurant’s frequently updated list of more than 400 fine West Coast wines offers numerous options for perfect pairings with each dish. The Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, with brunch service on Sunday. For reservations and information telephone (925) 456-2450 or visit online at www.wentevineyards.com.

About Wente Vineyards

The country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Vineyards is led today by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. More than 125 years of committed stewardship to the land has led to the development of Wente Vineyards’ Farming for the Future, a system of sustainable viticultural practices designed to produce the best quality wines with the least environmental impact. This philosophy extends to all aspects of winery operations, where energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and social responsibility are all integral to the culture.

Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. For more information, visit www.wentevineyards.com.

About Wente Family Estates

Nestled in the beautiful Livermore Valley, one hour east of San Francisco, Wente Family Estates encompasses Wente Vineyards, Murrieta’s Well and Tamás Estates.  Growing fruit on family owned, sustainably farmed estate vineyards located in the Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco regions of California, each winery offers its own a distinct portfolio of wines, from small-lot rarities to those for everyday enjoyment. Owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations, the Wente family celebrates 125 years of winemaking excellence in 2008.  To learn more, visit www.wentevineyards.com,

www.murrietaswell.com and www.tamasestates.com.

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