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Calerrain Wines: A Rising Star on the Gilroy Scene

Calerrain Wines: A Rising Star on the Gilroy Scene

While the Calerrain wines has yet to bottle the fruits of its labor from the vineyard neighboring its months-old tasting room, the wines they have on offer cut a wide swath across the grape-growing regions of Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey counties. Husband-and-wife winemakers…

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A Growing Family

A Growing Family

Sidle to either side of the bar window at Besson Family’s mini-barn tasting room, and a great view awaits. For those who are inside looking out, the window frames 20 acres of old vines that meander down to Uvas Creek. Those on the outside looking…

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Harvest Report: A Longer Season, Tasty Varietals

Harvest Report: A Longer Season, Tasty Varietals

The 2019 wine harvest presented many hurdles to local vintners. However, plenty of winemakers in the Santa Clara Valley are optimistic about the product of a wet winter followed by a long summer, which stretched well into the fall. The late and protracted season led…

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The Silicon Valley Roots of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery

The Silicon Valley Roots of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery

It wasn’t so long ago that the closest one could hope to find a quality local wine was north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Over the course of a generation, that has changed. The Santa Clara Valley, once home to just a handful of jug…

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Stefania Wine’s San Jose Roots

Stefania Wine’s San Jose Roots

While some local winemakers may operate a tasting room in San Jose, or one of its more densely populated suburbs, most of the grape-growing goes down in the Santa Cruz mountains or out in the spread-out exurbs to the south. Stefania and her husband, Paul—proprietors…

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Campbell Civil Cervant Launches P&V Winery

Campbell Civil Cervant Launches P&V Winery

When Paul Kermoyan and his wife Vicki purchased the 2.5-acre parcel in Coyote Valley that would become the P&V Winery estate vineyard, they really were just looking to make wine for themselves. Kermoyan grew up in Fresno, the son of Armenian parents, and has always…

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Lightpost Winery: Amore con Vino

Lightpost Winery: Amore con Vino

Sofia Fedotova never imagined she’d own a California winery. Growing up in the Ural region of Russia, she worked for a consulting firm specializing in seminars for CPAs. In a tale of internet matchmaking gone right, Sofia’s online profile caught the eye of one John…

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College Guide: A Cheat Sheet to Living Large on the Cheap in Silicon Valley

College Guide: A Cheat Sheet to Living Large on the Cheap in Silicon Valley

There is so much to love about college. Freedom from parental supervision; taking a sex ed class taught by an actual biologist rather than the high school football coach; new friends; a world of opportunity; beer. But it’s certainly not a cakewalk. Negotiating relationships, grappling…

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Freaky Family Fun in the Silicon Valley

Freaky Family Fun in the Silicon Valley

Halloween is not complete without digging into the goopy center of pumpkin and transforming the orange gourd into a snaggletoothed jack-o’-lantern. And while it’s certainly possible to pick up a pumpkin at the supermarket, doing so means missing out on candied apples, maize mazes and…

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The Legal Weed Revolution is Revolutionizing Edibles

The Legal Weed Revolution is Revolutionizing Edibles

Eating weed is nothing new. Humans have been ingesting cannabis-infused food for millennia: from the ancient Indian preparation of bhang through the hashish eaters mentioned in 1001 Nights, on to the magic brownies whipped up by the totally baked bakers of the 1960s and the…

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