Friday, July 17, 2009

The weekend is almost here, what can you do for some great wine tasting this weekend? As usual, the third weekend finds many wineries open and serving you samples of some great Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara wines. There are also many special events this weekend.

Wine Tasting and Grand Opening Reception at Forbes Mill History Museum

The Forbes Mill History Museum has a new exhibit, Vines to Wine – A history of our local vineyards and wineries, that commemorates the history of the local wine and viticultural heritage of Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley. The exhibit examines the colorful and influential personalities and the legacy that continues today with our local wineries. On Sunday, July 19, 1 to 4 p.m. several local wineries will be pouring at the reception that opens this new exhibit. The wineries that will be present are: Silver Mountain Vineyards, Muns Vineyards, Perrucci Winery, Muccigrosso Vineyards, Burrell School Vineyards, Loma Prieta Winery and Fleming Jenkins Winery.

Passport Day – Santa Cruz Mountains - July 18

Passport Program is a great opportunity to explore the exciting region and learn more about the wonderful diversity of the wines and the winemakers. Many of these wineries are not normally open to the public so Passport day, July 18, is your chance to visit these wineries. Most wineries are offering special events such as barrel tasting, special wines, music and more. There are almost 50 wineries open this weekend plus several smaller wineries are using local restaurants such as Michael’s on Main in Soquel, where wines from 7 different vintners will be poured. In addition several restaurants in the Santa Cruz and Palo Alto area will be having special pricing.

New wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains area this year are Poetic Cellars in Soquel and Odonata,

Be sure to visit the wineries of Santa Cruz Mountains this Saturday.

Santa Clara Valley Wineries Open for Tasting – Third Weekend of Month

Monte Verde Vineyards at 13775 Sycamore Drive in Morgan Hill is open this Saturday, July 18, for tasting. They have many great wines. Learn more about Monte Verde Vineyards in a previous story.

Creekview Vineyards at 12467 Creekview Court in San Martin is also open both Saturday and Sunday for tasting 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thomas Kruse Winery at 3200 Dryden Ave in Gilroy is having a Bottling Day on Saturday July 18, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring your own empty bottles and you can bottle your own 2006 Claire’s Field Red Estate Merlot for $6 a bottle for one case, $5 a bottle of two cases and $4 a bottle for three or more cases. If you don’t have any empty wine bottles, you can by a case of new bottles for $8. Tom’s bottling days are always popular and this Merlot is very tasty and perfect for summer BBQ. Help Tom clear out his 2006 Merlot to make room for bottling the 2007 vintage.

Satori Cellars at 2100 Buena Vista in Gilroy will be open for tasting. At 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday Vineyard Manager, Winemaker, and Owner Tom Moller will conduct a walking tour of the estate vineyards complete with wine tasting among the vines. Learn about the history of his estate vines, his trellising techniques, clonal selections, and harvesting practices. Comfortable shoes are recommended!

Jason-Stephens Winery at 11775 Watsonville Road in Gilroy is celebrating Jason’s birthday with their regular live music Friday’s, July 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tonight’s music is from the Music Jones Band. The BBQ grills will be hot and ready so bring your picnic and enjoy the evening with great music and fine wine.

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