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Easy-to-Find Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries

Easy-to-Find Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries

Big Basin Vineyards is one of my favorite Santa Cruz Mountain wineries. While pinot noir has become the region’s marquee wine, Big Basin’s Bradley Brown is making a name for syrah with his luscious single-vineyard designated wines. (His pinots aren’t too shabby, either.) Not only are the wines beautiful to behold, but so is the winery itself. ALSO: Roamin’ the Rhones, Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 21–22: Burrell School, Hunter Hill, Loma Prieta, Poetic Cellars and Vine Hill; Hunter Hill’s vineyard dinner, Sunday, Aug. 22.

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Valerie Evans of the Grapevine

Valerie Evans of the Grapevine

Valerie Evans, a certified sommelier, owns the Grapevine, a wine and cheese shop in Willow Glen. She first worked at the store as an intern one night a week. The internship eventually led to an account executive position with a local wine distributor. To feed her growing interest in wine, she completed the Professional Culinary Institute’s sommelier course, but she did not stop there. With the knowledge and skills she received from master sommelier David Glancy, she sat for the Court of Masters Sommelier Certification exam. She offers that knowledge to her customers at the Grapevine.

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A Short Trip for Some Big Wines

A Short Trip for Some Big Wines

Pessagno , the Monterey County winery, sent me 2006 and 2007 vintages of syrah, pinot noir and zinfandel sourced from two eastern San Benito County vineyards. The wines are poster children for the lavish, concupiscent California style—ripe, fruit-driven and boozy.

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Pessagno’s Big, Fruity Wines

Pessagno’s Big, Fruity Wines

Pessagno Winery, the Monterey County winery, sent me 2006 and 2007 vintages of syrah, pinot noir and zinfandel sourced from two eastern San Benito County vineyards. The wines are poster children for the lavish, concupiscent California style—ripe, fruit-driven and boozy.

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Big Dog in Milpitas

Big Dog in Milpitas

Milpitas’ one and only winery, Big Dog Vineyards, opens its doors to the public for wine tasting and a live concert on Saturday, July 24, and a day of more wine tasting on Sunday, July 25.

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Cool Upcoming Wine Events

Cool Upcoming Wine Events

What’s $650 worth these days? Four vacation days eating and drinking wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains? Promoters of the region’s local wineries hope so. The Aptos Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association and Santa Cruz Travel in hopes of attracting 50 wine lovers willing to plunk down for people the “Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Trail to the Sea” tour package Sept. 7–10.

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