Bottoms Up

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Must-visit Santa Cruz wineries

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm in Corkheads.

When we arrived in Los Gatos this past Saturday, the Lockheed fire was only five percent contained; but we still managed to slog up the Santa Cruz Mountains and carve our own little tasting path in this rugged AVA.

I’ll save the juicy details for my cover story on the subject, which comes out Aug. 26 in Food & Wine. But some tasting rooms to put on your radar: Burrell School (for the wines and the student in us all), Loma Prieta (for the view, and Pinotage!), Silver Mountain (for the greenest of green properties) and Sonnet (for some of the country’s best Pinot Noir).

Stay the night in Santa Cruz, like we did, and eat at Aquarius restaurant. You will not be sorry.

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  • Sean

    Thanks for these recommendations. Santa Cruz Mountains is a great region to visit. Great wines, and great scenery. Another winery worth checking out that is close to Santa Cruz Mountians is Clos LaChance Winery. Great facility and wine tasting program.

  • Jessica

    Clos La Chance is great. So is David Bruce. Mount Eden. And of course, Bonny Doon.

  • Brian

    I just spent last weekend at Bargetto winery’s wine club Luau. I think their Regan Vineyard Chardonney is better than most Napa Chards. It isn’t overly oaky and buttered up.
    All of the wines from their Regan vineyard are good, from Chard to Pinot Noir to Merlot. I recommend trying the reserves should you get the chance.

  • Jessica

    I dig Bargetto. Saved that visit for blog fodder, probably tomorrow. I dig their Nebbiolo.