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Michael Foley, Ridge Vineyards

Michael Foley, Ridge Vineyards

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To say that Ridge Vineyards is an icon in California wine country is an understatement. Tradition and consistency have made this winery one of California’s favorites. And a visit to Ridge winery only confirms what is true about this winery–they don’t settle for anything less than the best. Its beautiful grounds, famed Monte Bello Series, and courteous staff have brought me to their Santa Cruz Winery tasting room on many occasions.

Ridge has become synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon and for very good reason.  Their Monte Bello Series became

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Big Dog Vineyards SF Bay Area Winery

Big Dog Vineyards

 

It’s not often that I step into a tasting room and feel right at home. There are too many wineries that have become double c’s – corporate and cold.  But that isn’t the case at Big Dog Vineyards in Milpitas where owners Sandy and Mark make their guests feel welcome with their charming tasting room and wonderful wines.  This small, family run winery rests atop a 1200 foot scenic hillside next to their beautiful residence. A large courtyard patio overlooking a hillside of vines offers a great place to sit and have a glass of wine and relax.

We drive up to the winery to enjoy super bowl festivities and watch the San Francisco 49ers play. Though there are about 10-15 people in the tasting room and courtyard, the staff is extremely attentive  from the moment we walk in.   Dick, one of the tasting room managers, greets us for a tasting and reminds us  to take our time sipping each wine. He is knowledgeable about the wine list and genuinely wants to hear our feedback.  Mark sets up a big screen in the tasting room and Sandy prepares appetizers and snacks for guests, including very delicious teriyaki meatballs. I stop counting after the 10th meatball I pop into my mouth.   I  even enjoy some Cheetos with some Cabernet, which is a first for me!  During half time, we stand outside and enjoy the views and sip wine next to tall heaters.  It’s hard not to take photos as the sun starts to set and the soft light cascades over the vines.

The duo is modest about their wines,  but the red wines are no joke and it’s evident how committed and passionate they are about wine-making. The Cabs are a must taste. Standouts are the 2006 and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – both with a sophisticated bouquet loaded with vanilla, spice, and dark berry flavors.   Their Zinfandel Port Style Dessert Wine is also stellar and has a great balance of sweetness and flavor. Think of a field of plump blueberries.

The winery is open to the public the first full weekend of each month. A complete schedule is available on their website. If you want a warm, welcoming and peaceful wine tasting experience, Big Dog Vineyards is a great place to visit.

 

Visit

Big Dog Vineyards

4545 Felter Road

Milpitas, CA 95035

408-935-9194

www.bigdogvineyards.com

 

Taste

2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Zinfandel Dessert Wine

 

Try

Cheetos and Cabernet – who would of thought?

 

 

 

 

Regale Winery Wine Tasting Los Gatos Fresco

Regale Winery Fresco

My favorite thing to do in the wine country: Wine Taste

My least favorite thing to do in the wine country: Wedding Venue Hunt

After several long weekends of hunting for wedding venues, my fiancé and I realized the mystique of the wine country ends once you say that you are hunting for a wedding location and all of a sudden cha-ching (insert cash register sound here) , dancing dollar signs suddenly appear over your head.

Here’s the good news,

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On one Sunday afternoon while scouting wineries in the Temecula Wine Country, I found myself in an unlikely place–in a bathtub on a mountain top with a bottle of “Old Gus”.  Shadow Mountain Winery is located about a half an hour drive outside the continuously growing Temecula Valley Wineries, but it’s worth the stop for its beautiful location and quality, affordable wines.  Nestled at 3200 feet , the winery is located on a coastal mountain range in San Diego county.

The current owners, Alexander and Pamela McGeary, acquired the estate in 1990 and produce all their varietals in this unique microclimate. “Old Gus” is a tribute to

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