The Little Valley's vineyards are located in Sunol, but the winery recently opened a tasting room in downtown Pleasanton. Little Valley produces a selection of sparkling wines: raspberry, peach and almond champagne, and a Cuvee. They also make Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, and a Portuguese-style port.
If the Pleasanton Hotel seems a little too formal, head across the street to the Main Street Brewery, where everything is looser and livelier. This is adult entertainment primarily for Pleasantons thirtysomething-and-older crowd. The Main Street features free blues and rock shows on Friday and Saturday nights. Theres a full menu with usual bar food: burgers, sandwiches, and salads, plus a kids menu.
Mitchell Katz Winery sits on 97 acres of vineyard. The grapes are all owned by Wente Vineyards, of which 20 tons are usually bought back for Mitchell Katz wine. The winery produces 10,000 cases of wine every year made, in large part, from the grapes grown in the Livermore Valley. Varietals include Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Port, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Make sure to try the winery's 2007 Sangiovese, and 2006 "Black Gold" Petite Syrah Port both were winners a slew of medals and awards.
Ruby Hill has one of the largest tasting rooms in the Tri-Valley area, with Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Zinfindel, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Brut, and Port available for sampling.