Wente Vineyards Pairs Wine And Yoga

About six months after I moved to San Francisco from New York in 2004, I had switched from skim milk to soy milk in my cafe au laits. My high heels were collecting dust in the back of the closet, and a neatly rolled yoga mat had become a regular appendage to my body on most weekends. Eight years later, I've got a hot collection of ballet flats to go with my encyclopedic knowledge of yoga styles: hatha, vinyasa, bikram, anusara, iyengar, tantric—you name it, and I've tried it. But I had yet to experience yoga and wine together until last week.

Karl Wente is the fifth generation winemaker and face of his family's highly regarded, eponymous Livermore vineyard. He is also a self-described yoga fanatic. Connecting the dots, last year Wente started offering sporadic yoga classes followed by wine tastings on the Wente Vineyards' grounds. For those wondering about the merits of exercise and booze together, Wente argues it's a very natural pairing: "Yoga heightens your awareness of the flavors and nuances in the wine," he explains. A more austere breed of yogi might stumble out of tree pose at the mere thought of re-toxing post-yoga.

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