Since their first vintage in 1998, Jim and Judy Schultze at Windy Oaks objective has been to produce world-class Pinot Noir that represents their unique vineyard terroir, no compromises, minimal intervention to fully preserve the grape quality achieved in the vineyard.
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
Stephen Storrs and Pamela Bianchini-Storrs begn Storrs winery with their first harvest n 1988. Both are trained winemakers at UC Davis, they have wrked at a number of wineries which include Domaine Chandon, Felton-Empire and Almaden before starting their own venture. Stephen and Pamela appreciate the cool Burgundian climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This winery grew to a comfortable 10,000 cases per year and in 2001 realized a dream with the purchase of land in Pleasant Valley district of Corralitos.
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.
Soquel Bargetto has th prettiest tasting room and patio overlooking a creek and wilderness. Getting to th wines, the Sauv Blanc and Pinot Grigio are pretty good and well balanced, the Chard not my preference.
The reserve reds are quite delicious and the sweet wines are good if you are into the sweeter wines.
Burrell School's origins date back to 1854 when Lyman J. Burrell settled the rough wilderness that is now home to Burrell Winery & Vineyard. Carrying on the more than 130 year old tradition at the School, David and Anne Moulton began development of the Estate Vineyard in 1973. At 1,600 foot elevation, the site faces the southwest. Soils are a complex mixture or loam and shale due to the close proximity of the San Andreas Fault. Nearby Monterey Bay brings warm days and cool nights The result is a unique microclimate, perfect for long, slow ripening of the grapes in the vineyard.
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.
P M STAIGER was established in 1973 on a ridge above Boulder Creek, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The site had been an early twentieth century vineyard and winery operated by the Jim Locatelli family, but the vineyard and the vines had long since disappeared and only a few large hoops from the old redwood tanks were all that remained of the cellar. P M Staiger was replanted and built a new house and winery, designed by Robert Walker. The varieties planted - Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,and Cabernet Franc - were determined by the types that had been historically grown successfully with good exposure in the higher elevations of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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
Founded in the early 1990's, Oscocalis represents the second generation of small American distillers to use combination of Old World techniques with New World fruit. California brandy makers have the advantage (and the challenge!) of being abe to blend a large number of grape varieties together for a more complex and nteresting brandy, where as French law strictly limits this practice.