Wine Educators


Longtime Livermore educators decided to skip retirement and spend their golden years getting into the grape game.  California Life’s Monique Soltani heads to a local winery that’s making the grade.

Nearly 10 years ago, two educators decided to turn in their rulers for wine bottles. This decision has changed these two Livermore educators life for the better.

Tom Heineman always dreamed of owning land, and in 1981 he and his wife Pat purchased 12 acres in Livermore CA with the idea of growing grapes for local wineries. They took viticulture classes from UC Davis and planted Bent Creek Vineyard. After selling their grapes to Livermore wineries for several years, Tom and Pat decided to open a winery with their friends Rich and Carol Howell. The two couples studied enology at UC Davis and began making wine from Bent Creek grapes. Together, they opened Bent Creek Winery in 2002. Soon they were producing award-winning wine.

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