Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wine Walk introduces wine lovers to Downtown Campbell

The Downtown Campbell Business Association held their sold-out Winter Wine Walk on February 9, welcoming 925 visitors to 31 businesses in the Downtown Campbell.  Winemakers from 28 wineries from around Northern California were there to talk to visitors and share their wines while the shopkeepers were providing hor dourves to pair with the wine. 

This was a great opportunity to learn about this unique area of Silicon Valley.  The compact four-block long downtown offers visitors and shoppers a wide range of opportunities including restaurants, art galleries, antique stores, boutiques and even a funeral parlor and museum.   Having visited several Wine Walks in the area, Campbell offered a large number of wineries and participation by most of the businesses in the area.  Yet it was easy to sample the wines along Campbell Avenue while checking out the stores.

Little Valley Winery from Livermore Valley was serving their Raspberry Sparkling, Merlot and Chardonnay at The Olive Bar.  As the visitors sampled the wines, the hosts of The Olive Bar were sharing food and tastes of their excellent selection of Olive oils.  Winemakers Sandi Bohner and Bill Webster were there to tell us about Little Valley Winery and their wines.  Sandi even provided a light ring for everyone’s wine glass which you saw throughout the night. 

Pure Health, a juice bar and sandwich shop served some delicious wraps to pair with the Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Cooper-Garrod winery in nearby Saratoga.   Guglielmo Winery from Santa Clara Valley shared their delicious 2007 Sangiovese at Vintage and Vogue, a unique boutique focusing on d├ęcor and antiques particularly from France.  This store is a wonderland for fleur de lis, pink, sparkle and glitter.  One of the store owners, Linda Sullivan, was very pleased with the Winter Wine Walk and the people that got to visit her store.

Probably the most interesting place was the Darling Fischer Mortuary.  I honestly saw several visitors outside who decided that they would not enter the mortuary for the wine tasting.  However, they missed out on the chance to taste wines from Roudon-Smith Winery from Santa Cruz Mountains.  They were providing their 2008 Pinot Noir, 2008 Chardonnay and a non-vintage Claret.  All three wines were delicious and paired up with good foods and a welcoming crowd.
The organizer of the Winter Wine Walk was Sonya Paz, artist, owner of Sonya Paz Gallery and designer of the labels for El Sol Winery who she hosted in her gallery.  She was very pleased with the turn out and the participation of the wineries.  She said that she talked to one visitor and the visitor said, “Now I have lived around the corner from downtown Campbell for years and I didn’t know that all these shops were here until I came for the Wine Walk.”   She reported that all of the wineries had a great time with many people introduced to their wines while the shopkeepers were able to introduce their shops to many in the area.

The Downtown Campbell Business Association will be hosting their next Wine Walk near the end of September.  Check back with the San Jose Wine Examiner for details on the next event.  And, in the meanwhile, be sure to visit Downtown Campbell, with plenty of parking, many interesting shops and eateries and a step back in time to when downtown really met something!

There is not enough time to list all the shops that hosted this great collection of wineries, so you will have to visit the area for yourself.  Also, check out the photo gallery to see some of the winemakers in attendance.

The wineries who participated in this year’s Winter Wine Walk included:
For more information about Downtown Campbell and their many events:

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