Category Archives: Santa Cruz Mountains

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, […]

Fernwood Cellars: Gilroy Rambling Part 2

Fernwood Cellars 7137 Redwood Retreat Road, Gilroy, CA 95020 (map link) Phone: (408) 848-0611 We started the day’s tasting in the elegant new tasting room at Fernwood Cellars. Redwood Retreat Road, where Fernwood Cellars is located, is quaint, serpentine and picturesque. It’s also quite narrow, a factor which has limited the times when many […]

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 […]

Wrap-up: Santa Cruz Mountains

Qualifying appellations tasted: 2 (Santa Cruz Mountains at nearly every winery and Central Coast at Regale). Lessons learned: Bring a notebook. We both realized we had nothing to write on when we were halfway to the wineries. I took notes on my trusty Android, but Mike had nothing to take notes with (which is why […]

Poetic Cellars: Santa Cruz Mountains part 4

Poetic Cellars 5000 N. Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel, CA, 95073 (link to map) Phone: 831-462-3478 The drive to Poetic Cellars, another winery on the great Summit To Sea Wine Trail, is along twisty roads through beautiful (and during our visit, rain-laden) redwoods. Your GPS won’t help you out here; you’ve reached a Land Without […]

Loma Prieta Winery: Santa Cruz Mountains Part 3

Loma Prieta Winery 26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos, CA (map link) 408-353-2950 As we drove up the hill to Loma Prieta Winery, another winery on the Summit to Sea Wine Trail, the road got narrower and windier. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any tighter, we saw a sign. “Road narrows.” “What, […]

Regale Winery: Santa Cruz Mountains Part 2

Regale Winery and Vineyards 24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA (map link) 408-353-2500 Regale Winery is beautifully sited on a hillside looking out toward Santa Cruz. On a clear day, the view must be breathtaking. Heck, the valley was thick with fog and it was still gorgeous when we visited. It’s a photo of […]

Burrell School: Santa Cruz Mountains part 1

Burrell School Vineyards & Winery 24060 Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA (map link) 408-353-6290 We decided to hit the ground running — or, more to the point, drinking — on January 2 with a trip to a nearby wine destination we’d yet to explore, the Santa Cruz Mountains. These wineries are an easy drive […]