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An Afternoon in the Livermore Valley

I was thrilled to get a call from Darcie Kent Vineyards, a family-run winery located on Tesla Road in the Livermore Valley.

The view from the tasting room porch.

Darcie Kent has been making wine for almost 20 years but just moved into their new digs earlier this year.  Thus I was excited to help them celebrate their first holiday season in their beautiful, bright tasting room and provide some live music.

The charming tasting room.

The charming tasting room.

I joined them for the afternoon, playing a mix of jazz standards and holiday favorites while guests filtered in and out.  What I really liked about this tasting room was the way the staff interfaced with their customers.  Instead of pouring solely from behind the bar, the folks from Darcie Kent were circulating, bring wines directly to their customers who were relaxing on couches and at high-top tables.

I had a blast getting a chance to interact with both the customers and the staff.  I took a few requests along the way (Charlie Brown’s “Christmastime is Here,” Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”, and the obligatory “Frosty” and “Rudolph” for some of the younger guests).  I even had the honor to share the piano with some young, aspiring musicians!

Overall, it was a great event and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Livermore.  The team at Darcie Kent was extremely welcoming and I certainly hope to play here again in the future.

Relaxing after a long day's work!

Relaxing after a day’s work!