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Explore Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries

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The Santa Cruz wine region is very spread out and a winery visit will may take you on several winding mountain roads. The trip is worth it as the combination of redwood forests and Monterey Bay views are an experience unrivaled by any other appellation. The wine is almost like icing on the cake, a very good cake!   -Part 1

Fun
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060
831-423-5590
There are many family attractions in the region, but this classic beach-front boardwalk hits most all of a family’s entertainment cravings in one convenient location. Worth it for the Giant Dipper alone!

Provisions
The Summit Store
24197 Summit Road
Los Gatos, Ca. 95033
408-353-2186
Tri-tip sandwiches to sushi with snacks galore! This is a perfect place to stop on your way to one of the local wineries for your picnic. -Don’t forget cheese and some fresh fruit.

Wineries
Many Santa Cruz wineries located in rural area are only available on the weekend or by appointment. Please make sure the places you’d like to visit will be open before making the trek!  -Though a nice mountain drive is always a nice diversion, and by the way, the Summit Store sells local wine and has a patio.

Silver Mountain Vineyards 

269 Silver Mountain Dr.
Los Gatos, Ca. 95033
408-353-2278
Silver Mountain is a leader in organic and sustainable vineyard and winery practices. Primarily a Pinot Noir producer, they craft a refreshing food friendly Chardonnay as well as a Bordeaux blend and Syrah.
Open Saturdays from 12-5pm.
Yes, there is nothing like visiting the real deal, but there is also a tasting room in Santa Cruz at 402 Ingalls St open Th-Su 12-5pm.

Loma Prieta Winery
26985 Loma Prieta Way
Los Gatos, CA 95033
408-353-2950
Pinotage anyone? The Pinotage varietal is a cross between Pinot noir and Cinsaut grape and has historically been South Africa’s claim to wine fame. Here you can taste how Santa Cruz Terroir sculpts the grapes into wines with a delicate to intense resolution. The wine list here is extensive as is the quality.
Open 12-5pm each weekend.

Burrell School Winery
24060 Summit Road
Los Gatos, Ca. 95033
408-353-6290
Tasting wine in an old school room makes me feel a little naughty and I suppose that it adds to the enjoyment. The tasting room is inside the lovingly restored school originally built in 1854. The tasting list includes, (as one might expect in this region), Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but they also feature a fine Zinfandel and Estate grown Cabernet Franc.
Open Th-Su 11-5pm.

June 27, 2014 |

Half Day of Family Fun

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You should be able to hit two wineries and enjoy a nice lunch before you have to head on down the road.

First pick which side of the Paso Robles appellation you want to explore: east-side or west-side.

Wine Tasting:

East-side: Eberle Winery, Tobin James Winery

West-side: Castoro Cellars, Pipestone Vineyards

Lunch:

Berry Hill Bistro

The Berry Hill Bistro is located in Paso Robles on the town square and park. It is also centrally located between the two wine trail and freeways for travel convenience.

Fun for the kids:

Let the kids run about the park after lunch and take them to Cold Stone Creamery for dessert. They will hopefully reward you with some quiet-time when the sugar wears off and the road lulls them to dreamland!

July 14, 2011 |
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