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  • 5.0 star rating
    1/5/2015

    Collin has done an excellent job developing this winery over the last few years. It gets better each time we visit. When I open a bottle of Nottingham/Vasco Urbino at home, I always curse myself for not buying more.

    These guys are easygoing and not at all pretentious.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/8/2015

    I'm not sure how this place has 4 1/2 stars because the wine to me wasn't that good especially the last tasting on the regular menu which I believe was a Syrah !?
    The only reason I gave 3 stars is because of the young wine maker and the cook dispensers of crackers to cleans your pallets as you're drinking.
    The wine to me wasn't to die for- although the Chardonnay was my favorite I normally lean towards to bold pinots cabs or petite Syrahs- not a fan of these wines

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/31/2014

    We found this winery to be pretentious and cold.
    We came on a slow weekend in June.
    You have to sign in and pay up front before you are allowed to walk in...we accidentally walked up to the tasting area and received a surprised "how did you get back here?" and were then escorted (literally) to the front so we could give them our information and prepay.
    I found the wines to be only so-so.
    We were there shortly after they had unveiled the new second label - so maybe this contributed?

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/26/2015 Updated review

    Just went back again today.  Now I have a new favorite... the Petite Syrah Casa de Vinas!  Love their wines!

    5.0 star rating
    12/28/2014 Previous review
    Yumm!  Love the 100% Grenache
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  • 2.0 star rating
    6/15/2014

    Stop 4 of 6 on our wine tasting tour of Livermore.

    Here's all you need to know about Nottingham Cellars: They played dubstep in the tasting room while we were there. Yes, dubstep.

    There are very few situations in which I want to hear dubstep, and when I'm wine tasting is not one of them.

    Nottingham is super weird on the inside. All of the walls are painted a dark gray color and they are all bare except for one wall in the back that has like 6 paintings crammed onto it (which further highlights the sparseness of the rest of the room). There was also an unusually large amount of electrical outlets in the room. Other people clearly noticed this too as one girl was sitting on the floor charging her phone.

    When we entered, one of the staff members took my credit card, and said she would bring it out to me after running it. She didn't bring it out for five minutes though, which made me feel uncomfortable. Of course, that five minutes felt even longer because my ear drums were being bombarded with robot sounds and bass drops.

    The wines were okay, although there was nothing that I really wanted more of. My group and I just gathered up our things quickly and got out before we would have to endure any more Skrillex.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/19/2014

    I was at the Bankhead Theater last night and they were doing a wine tasting of you're Chardonnay, Cabernet Sav, and Petite Syrah.

    All very solid wines, great balance.

    Now I have to come check out the tasting room!

    Thanks again!

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/24/2013
    1 check-in

    "That's it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas." - Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

    Sidney Does the East Bay Wineries Part X - The Suburban Portion

    Oh, oh..looks like I have to call off Christmas and be the contrarian here. After leaving Darcie Kent, and with the Nottingham Viognier & Awakening GSM Blend listed as two of the 12 wines one must try from Livermore now, I stopped in at this small tasting room in an industrial complex housing two other wineries.  

    And I will start by saying at least from the service side, my review might be a bit unfair.  It was a Saturday afternoon, it is a small room, and they were completely slammed.  When I was arrived I was told it might be best to sit outside and they would come serve me.  

    After receiving two pours in about 25 minutes, and with the clock ticking because so many wineries in this area close at 4:30, I just walked back in to the tasting room and stood behind the newbies bogarting the bar space and elbowed my way to get my own tastes from the bar staff.  So service wise, they were not prepared for a larger crowd.  But, they seemed nice, just overwhelmed and not pretentious about the experience like say, wait for it, wait for it...the Winery That Shall Not Be Named was almost one year ago :)  Hey, I knew my 8 readers expected a Clos La Chance reference at some point ;)  

    Sadly, the wines were completely overrated especially the one dimensional unbalanced reds.  The Awakenings at $40 and the Cabs at around $50 were not very good, the second worst group of reds (Cerruti Cellars you are in a class by yourself) that I had in my Oakland/Livermore wine excursions.  The funny part was sitting outside, no dump bucket!!  I couldn't spit or dump.  I just knew I couldn't swallow this swill so what do I do?  Spit in the plants?  Go towards a gutter?  Walk inside and maybe risk actually drinking this wine if I do not get to a dump bucket with a full house?  I finally found a trash can to send my wine to.  

    Of course wine is completely subjective and your mileage may vary.  With an almost 5 star Yelp rating, your experience here might be different than mine.  There is a tasting fee and they do not refund with purchase.  However, they were so busy that I just left my glass and walked five feet to Occasio next door.  I figured if they wanted to hunt me down to charge me for a mediocre tasting experience that took well over 30 minutes for five lousy tastes, well they knew where to find me.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/15/2014

    4.5 stars
    Cellar door
    Rosé. Beautiful color, Light and fruity, with great acidity and grippy finish.

    Petite sirah. Black fruit:plums, blackberries, also coffee, chocolate, blue berry pancakes, from the casa de vinas vineyard. Great concentration and acidity. Long finish.

    2011 cab/merlot blend: Earthy green nose, bell peppers, artchokes, mushrooms, forest floor. Very dry, great concentration, good acidity, oaky finish.

    Supremacy: similar nose to the cab, but more fruit: cassis/ chambord liqueur , black cherries, raspberries, great concentration, good acidity. Bravo.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/29/2014
    1 check-in

    This place is AMAZING. Amazing wine. Guys playing catch with a baseball. Beautiful scenery. Nice staff. THE FOOD was off the hook good. Get the Beef Brisket sandwich!!

    They have construction currently going on, but the food and service makes you forget it. It's kind of like real life anyways, beauty with work to do :)

    Will definitely be back!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/8/2013
    1 check-in

    Best wine tasting venue in Livermore. They provide 5 tastings that are all wonderful and very different. I really loved the petite syrah and their GSM blend of 4 different wines that was amazing. Also, the wine crackers were a nice touch.

    Ask for Matthew on Sundays, he's great. Also, ask for a quick tour of the back and you'll see the barrels and kegs and learn about the process to make them.

    If you ever see Nottingham on your restaurant menus, make sure to pick out a glass or red, you won't regret it.

    I'll be back!

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/24/2014

    Just visited for the first time. Wines were wonderful. Will come back again. David and Pat (I believe) were super friendly!

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/8/2014

    I've never been  to a winery where I've liked very single wine, until I visited Nottingham! Absolutely fantastic! Super friendly staff as well!

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/9/2014
    1 check-in

    Love the wine, great tasting room, friendly staff. What more can you ask for?

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/8/2013

    There's nothing like wine tasting with beautiful people, in a beautiful venue.
    Yesterday was my very first time wine-tasting ever, and I really must say, I'm glad to have popped my grape here at Nottingham.
    Matt, as everyone is saying, is really something else.  He is very nice, kind and down to earth.  For those of you looking for someone to put a smile on your mildly drunken face, well Mat and Nottingham is a great bet!

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/14/2012
    1 check-in

    Definitely a step up from their neighbor, Occasio, with regards to both wine and friendly service, but still not one of my favorite spots in the area. I'd return for another tasting.

    $5 and $10 tasting options.

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/26/2013

    Not super impressed with the industrial - Ralphie atmosphere.  The wines are good the people are friendly but the cost of the tasting should go towards a purchased bottle.  

    This winery falls somewhere in the middle - not the worst, not the best.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/12/2012

    As soon as we rolled up I recognized their logo.  Marketing works!  When I expressed this inside I was told it was very unlikely.  They shouldn't underestimate their customers, I go to a great deal of tastings all around the Bay.  The wine itself isn't as memorable.  The highlight of the stop was a blend titled "Ralphi's Red."  It matches the figurine of Ralphie in the bunny suit from A Christmas Story that adorns their counter.  Decorations should not be more intriguing than the wine.

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/3/2013

    It was an ok winery. Did not care for the wine that tastes like bacon at all. It is not one I would revisit but the experience was alright overall.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/3/2013

    okay so I really don't drink anymore....lol from when I was much younger that is well today I attended the Yelp Sip-nic and I had there Chardonnay and I have to say it was absolutely the best I have ever tasted, so smooth, no acidity, not harsh just plain smooth and oh so yummy. I wanted to buy a bottle for my Dad but no way José they said nothing for sale today come to the cellar so I will most certainly go to Livermore and purchase it was so delish.......

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/24/2011
    6 check-ins

    I've been to several wineries in the Livermore valley as well as in Napa, however this one always has me coming back for more.

    Coming from the east bay, the location is wonderful for an afternoon get away. Their prices are very reasonable and the wines are sensational. But the main star here is their wonderful staff. They are extremely hospitable and provide a very warm and "homey" atmosphere. Where else can you talk with the owner, the winemaker and the grower in one conversation. They all go out of their way to greet you and make sure your glass is never empty. I love this place and visit so frequently, I am proud to say I am now a wine club member at Nottingham Cellars.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/11/2013
    1 check-in

    Not sure what anyone giving this place 3 stars is talking about. The wine is delicious, the Cranor family is welcoming and really good at what they do, and prices here are reasonable considering the size of the operation.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/14/2013

    went here with friends for their wine pick up and tasting. they were quite busy so they took us in the back tasting area and sat us at a table and served us as well. Offered us cheese and fruit as well, we felt like we got the presidential treatment. Wonderful experiance and great wine. If your going to go to Livermore for wine tasting this place is worth stopping at.   thanks

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/15/2013

    I joined Nottingham earlier this year.  It's a smaller winery and not on the regular wine route of Tesla Rd...with that said, CHECK IT OUT.  It's one of my favorites.  Dave is usually pouring and is a super nice and personable.  The wines are quality...!  I am somewhat of a wine snob as I belong to several Livermore Wineries...and am particular in what I like...and I LIKE!  They also do fun events, release parties, and First Fridays!  Worthwhile to check it out!

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/17/2013

    Well, I guess the best evidence that this is a great Livermore winery is to know most all of the staff who pours on the weekend are wine club members (like me!)  The Cranor family treats us and customers coming through the door like family.  Bordeaux and Rhone varietals that knock your socks off.  Winemaker Colin Cranor gets better and better with each vintage.  Look for these guys in the future, exciting plans ahead. . .  I think you will enjoy your tasting experience at Nottingham.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/22/2012

    I went wine tasting in Livermore with a group of 6 last Sunday.  We had an awesome afternoon.  We stopped by 3 wineries and Nottingham Cellars was easily our favorite. Not only was the wine the best we tasted all day but the customer service and attention to detail was outstanding.  Nottingham was our last stop and we were disappointed that we bought any wine at the first two wineries.  We tried some really great wines and ended up buying a couple bottles of The Supremacy and The Ralphie's Blend.

    If you are planning a wine tasting trip in the Livermore Valley any time in the future, make sure to stop by Nottingham Cellars.  You will not regret it.

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/8/2011
    2 check-ins
    Listed in wineries

    Pros:
    big selection of white wine
    tasty wine
    next door  to Occassio winery
    nice pourers

    Cons:
    very industrial location
    no nice scenery
    Busy
    out of the way from the other wineries.


    I see alllll the 5 star reviews and I am not one to be influenced by what other people write about a place... as tempting as it is. The truth is that this place is OKAY.  There are no wines that compel me to go back but no wines that repulse me. I do appreciate that they have a nice winery next door.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/21/2011

    A winery in a commercial strip mall...freaking genius!  

    Yeah Livermore does has it's share of "destination" wineries, nowhere near the grand Chateau's & multi-million $$ facilities in Napa or Sonoma but for our backyard wine region they have a certain charm & homey quality that make Livermore unique.  

    So if you don't have a few spare million or hundred grand laying around to build yourself a massive winery, tasting/guest center & sprawling grounds the next best route to showcase your wine would be to find an inexpensive, easy to get to location, spruce up the interior a bit and spend your money on perfecting your trade & let the product speak for itself.  

    The product, which is sourced from various vineyards in & around the Livermore Valley has responded very well to their commercial/industrial business park surroundings.  Their 2009 Viognier is one of the more steely/minerally subtle floral fruit Viogners in the valley.  Food friendly but PERFECT on it's own as well.  Same with their 09' un-oaked Chard, nice balance, good acidity, very business like and true to form.  We really liked their Syrah & Ralphies Red & their Malbec was just quite the hit of the day!  

    A big thanks to the tasting staff who were awesome hosts!  Although I still stick by my slightly off-color claim of Rombauer's panty dropping power.

    Cheers!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/28/2012

    This was the last stop of the day after visiting a so-so and a very good winery in the Livermore area.  Small tasting room but boy did the wines impress.  Then gent that poured for us was very knowledgeable and had been to many local wineries.  We enjoyed our tasting and left with a variety.  Some of the better red wine that we have tasted.  More expensive then others but worth the price.  We will go back the next time we are in the area.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/11/2012
    1 check-in

    Fantastic tasting room! Aaron was a great host, friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable with wine!!! We would definitely come back to visit and purchase!!!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/30/2011

    I've been to Nottingham Cellars a few times and have always been extremely pleased with the hospitality and service. The owners both made a point of shaking our hands the first time a friend and I dropped in (back when the tasting room first opened). The winery is located right off the main wine trail, so if you're coming from out of town, take the Vasco exit and stop by on your way in or out of Livermore.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/3/2012
    18 check-ins

    Come by and visit. Mention Matthew sent you! This is great wine. Especially the Ralphies and the GSM. That GSM is amazing!

  • 2.0 star rating
    10/6/2012

    This was an interesting experience. I like the story of the Father and Son duo. The son is the wine maker. I think in time he might put something out worth writing about. So, I would not write this winery off yet. The real key is will the son make this endeavor his vocation or simply tire out.? I will check back in 5 years to see if the wine is worth the effort to write about.

    The tasting room could really use a professional designer. The decor and layout reminds me of an out of date lower middle class kitchen. All in all an unmemorable experience. So I chose not to purchase any wine.

    I really enjoyed their neighbor, Occasio Winery. Now they are making some really interesting wines.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/4/2013

    This is a great place to go for a relaxing, fun afternoon of wine tasting.  The atmosphere in the tasting room, the staff, and of course the wines are fantastic.  Highly recommend!

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/18/2011

    Some great wines here.  We headed in very late, but they were still open and happy to pour for us.  $5 tasting fee to really try pretty much what you want.  All the wines were great.  The viognier was nice, and both chardonnays were different and yet both were very good.  Some of the better wines in the Livermore Valley.  Also, glad to see a young winemaker going for his passion and doing well!

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/24/2010

    Great service with friendly staff and awesome wine!  A few of us in my group bought the bottle of refreshing champagne! I would recommend going there on a wine tour.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/1/2010
    10 check-ins First to Review

    Awesome wine.....great staff....

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/14/2011

    Great place! They accommodated our group and let us have snacks. No tasting fee. Reasonable prices. Would go back again!

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/26/2012

    We stopped by on Saturday afternoon and enjoyed some wine poured by Chris. The wine that most spoke to me was not the most expensive, nor the least expensive, but just right. Ralph's Red. I can honestly recommend this as a "stop" on your tour of the Livermore Valley Wine Region.I will say that if you haven't tried  Livermore Wines, then you are missing a whole bunch of what is great in wine these days.This was my first visit. Thanks for a very nice experience.

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