The Bay Area is home to many unique shopping districts and one of the best is downtown Campbell. The Downtown Campbell Business Association held their sold-out Spring Wine Walk on April 20 welcoming hundreds of visitors to the many interesting and unique businesses in the Downtown Campbell. Winemakers from 30 wineries from around Northern California were there to share their wines with visitors while everyone had the chance to explore the many interesting shops in downtown Campbell.
This was a great opportunity to learn about this area. The compact four-block long downtown offers visitors and shoppers a wide range of opportunities including restaurants, shoe store, furniture stores, boutiques, salons and even a funeral parlor and bicycle shop. 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.
Here is just a sample of what could be found during the Spring Wine Walk.
Besties Boutique appeared to be quite a hit with the ladies. They have a wide range of trendy clothes and, for the occasion, had several tops pertaining to wine. Russian Ridge Winery was in the shop serving their Napa Valley Chardonnay and Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah. Both wines were excellent and reflected the fine grapes available from these two winegrowing regions. The Chardonnay was full bodied and balanced with nice tropical fruit flavors. The Syrah delivered an abundance of fruit on the nose and the palate with a nice body and finish.
Comanche Cellars was serving their wines at Pro Martial Arts. They were sharing their Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, a delicious full bodied wine, their Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands with multiple layers of fruit leading to a long tasty finish. They also had their John Smith Vineyards Tempranillo which was quite special with a tangy, tasty collection of fruits and a very aromatic nose.
Fortino Winery from Gilroy was hosted by the Darling Fisher Memorial Chapel. While Darling Fisher provided the wine lovers with an abundance of tasty treats to enjoy, Fortino was sharing their delicious Almond Champagne and the Maribella red blend.
It is always a delight to visit the folks at Kaleido Lamps and check out their wonderful collection of eclectic lamps. They were hosting Naumann Vineyards from nearby Cupertino in the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. They were serving their Estate Merlot loaded with black cherry and coffee flavors and Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains.
Rocket Fizz is always a fun place to visit in Campbell offering fun soda pop and candies, many that you remember from your own childhood. Villa del Monte Winery from nearby Los Gatos was there with a collection of their wines including several delicious dessert wines.
The Downtown Campbell Business Association hosts several Wine Walks during the year. 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.
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