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Larry Olivo is a third generation wine maker with thirty years of experience making wine with his Grandfather and Father. The last eight years he has been an apprentice wine maker working with John Marion of The Big White House Winery in Livermore, CA. Our mission is to make fine premium wines at affordable prices, using estate and sourced grapes primarily from the Santa Cruz Mountains. We are very passionate about the making of wine, the quality not quantity is what Larry and Lisa strive for. Larry & Lisa's goal is to honor their daughter Amanda who passed away at the age of twenty two in January of 2007. Kissed By An Angel has agreed to participate in the California Corks Winery Experience. Just present your Golden Gate Winery Experience Card to receive your 2 for 1 wine tasting.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, By Appointment, Inquire online or events.
At California Corks we love to meet the winemakers and become acquainted with the wines of those special little boutique wineries. We have been trying to find a way for those that join the California Corks Winery Experience can enjoy this same experience, to meet the winemaker or have access to some of these harder to find wines. We are glad to say that we have found a way to do so that allows for plenty of opportunity to do both. We are glad to introduce Ruthe Roberts Wine Collective is the first of its kind in downtown Saratoga. A multi-winery tasting room that is home to some of the best and most talented winemakers in California. The wines are offered in pre-arranged flights to allow guests to compare different wines and discover new favorites. The Ruthe Roberts Wine Collective provides a warm, casual elegance in the beautiful courtyard or grab a table in the tasting room. This is a place where wine lovers will find new wines to love, and where smaller wineries can showcase their wines and introduce them to consumers. Ruthe Roberts Wine Collective is a participant of the Golden Gate Winery Experience. Just present your Golden Gate Winery Experience Card and you will receive 2 for 1 tasting and 10% discount on any 6 bottles of wine.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Wine Seminars.
What a delightful winery. The family is so friendly & informative. The wines are delicious and the tasting pours are generous. The husband and wife run this place are a very nice couple. Barterra is a quaint wine-tasting room along the main street. The staff is friendly and they know their stuff when it comes to wine. The standard wine tasting allows you to sample three wines, but the owner let me try an additional port, and it was really good! Nice Whites, their Ruby Cabernet and their desert wine were good. If you like chocolate, you will really enjoy their desert wine. The art gallery they own is very nice. A great place to have a glass of wine, or get a bottle and enjoy sitting out in the lovely courtyard. It makes for a delightful afternoon.
Services:  Winery, Art Gallaries.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Tasting w/Fee.
Odonata Wines is a small family winery. They work closely with the growers to ensure the highest quality wines from the vines to the glass. Their credo is blending of old world winemaking methods and attitudes with new learning and a continuous search for improvement. The winemaker creates wines that are soft, supple, and feature subtle complexity. Inspired from the traditional French style, these wines are designed to be food friendly. They are balanced in fruit, acidity, alcohol, and wood, with flavors and aromas that are cohesive with a lengthy finish. Odonata wines are made to be accessible now, but will also age beautifully. They will always be handmade in small batches to exemplify the unique qualities of the varietal and vineyard. Very good wines especially given how reasonable the prices. They have a lovely sparkling wine on their secondary label. Tasting rooms in Salinas and Santa Cruz. Pizza night: Tuesday evenings only. We've enjoyed ordering gourmet pizza at Companion Bakery next-door and sharing a bottle of Odonata wine. The pizza makers bring it over to you when it's ready. So you can just sit and enjoy your wine in the recently redone sipping/eating area. Odonata Wines is a participant of California Corks Golden Gate Winery Experience. Simply present you Golden Gate card to receive a comp. tasting for 2 & 10% off bottles purchased
Services:  Winery.
This is a great place to bring a friend and enjoy the local wines. Meet the local wine makers, taste the wines, visit with locals and impress your friends that you knew where this winery was and how to find it. It's not hard because it is right off of Summit Road. Villa Del Monte Winery is a participant of California Corks Golden Gate Winery Experience. Simply present you Golden Gate card to receive complimentary tasting for Two + and additional 10% discount on purchases
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  By Appointment.
Affordable, delicious Santa Cruz Mountain wines, great tasting room, wonderful owners/winemakers. Looking forward to seeing this winery expand and grow. Kudos, and wishing the team the very best on their latest wines and their new tasting room location in San Carlos. Open Fri., Sat. & Sun. Russian Ridge is a participant of the Golden Gate Winery Experience. Russian Ridge offers two for one tastings and 10% discount on all bottles purchased. Both tastings free with any bottle of wine purchased.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, By Appointment, Inquire online or events, Tasting complimentary w/purchase.
Rexford Winery handcrafts wines in small lots using grapes from select local vineyards. Their focus on single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, and other premium varieties. Rexford wines accurately reflect the varietal characteristics of the grapes and the unique microclimates and soils of the vineyards from which they come. Visitors are welcome at the winery located on the west side of Santa Cruz. The winery is open for tasting and sales Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and by appointment. NOTE: Rexford Winery is the new name for Hillcrest Terrace Winery. Rexford is a very small-scale operation that offers high quality wines. Sauvignon Blanc ($19), a Pinot Noir from Monterey ($29) and a Cab Sauv from Carmel Valley ($32). All were delicious and well made. We chatted with the winemaker. He teaches astro-physics at UCSC and decided to break into the commercial wine business after making some good homemade batches. He was knowledgeable and friendly.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Tasting complimentary w/purchase.
Thomas Fogarty Winery was founded in 1978 by inventor Dr. Thomas Fogarty and winemaker Michael Martella. Dr Fogarty’s penchant for innovative thought and Martella’s viticulture instincts allowed them to lead the development of the cool Skyline Ridge area; true pioneers in one of California’s premiere Pinot Noir and Chardonnay regions.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines, Tasting w/Fee, Gardens, Special Events, Weddings/Receptions.
Growning grapes and making wines for more than thirty three years in the Chalone appellation.  This truly unique, mountainous wine-growing district, at the foot of the Pinnacles National Monument, has proven to be one of the best places on the planet to grow elegant, age-worthy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment.
Founded in 1976 and still located in the cellar beneath the rustic mountain home of Dexter and Valerie Ahlgren, AHLGREN VINEYARD is dedicated to limited production of fine premium wines: Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, and Syrah. The Ahlgrens employ traditional, hands-on methods and premium grapes from carefully selected vineyards.
Services:  Winery.
Features/Activities:  Open No-Appointment, Inquire online or events, Mailing/Waiting List for Wines.

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