Category Archives: Santa Clara Valley

Wrap-Up: Gilroy Rambling

Gilroy was a great trip. Tom and Anne were great company and excellent guides. We really enjoyed being able to spend some time with them and to experience the scenic splendor that surrounds their stomping grounds. Thanks Tom and Anne! Each winery we tasted at had its own distinct character and approach, but common among […]

Kirigin Cellars: Gilroy Rambling Part 5

Kirigin Cellars 11550 Watsonville Rd., Gilroy, CA, 95020 (link to map) Phone: 408-847-8827 Kirigin Cellars, founded in 1916 as Bonesio Winery, is one of the oldest wineries in California. It survived Prohibition and World War II, and continues to make enjoyable wines today. In fact, the winery just won a gold, four silvers and […]

Jason-Stephens Winery: Gilroy Rambling Part 4

Jason-Stephens Winery 11775 Watsonville Road, Gilroy, California 95020 (map link) Phone: (408) 846-8463 Jason-Stephens Winery is located on the floor of the Uvas Valley, and because it is on a more major road than some of the other tasting rooms we visited on this trip it is not subject to the same restrictions with regard to […]

Martin Ranch Winery: Gilroy Rambling part 3

Martin Ranch Winery 6675 Redwood Retreat Rd., Gilroy, CA (link to map) Phone: 408-842-9197 Like many Gilroy-area wineries, Martin Ranch Winery is only open one weekend each month. Area residents had understandable concerns about potential congestion on Redwood Retreat Road. The downside is that it requires planning to visit for a tasting; the upside, […]

Gilroy Rambling

My friend Tom Hepner, whom I met during The Foreigner at The Western Stage, had spoken glowingly about the great wineries in his neighborhood in Gilroy. If Gilroy sounds familiar, perhaps you know it as Garlic City.   Gilroy is the nation’s top grower of garlic; for much of the year you can tell when you’re […]