Jun 6, 2013

Wine tasting in Santa Clara, California

Wine tasting in Santa Clara Valley? Yes, you read that correctly. One of the best kept wine tasting secrets we know of. Ok, so we didn't know of it really till recently, but now we do and you should too!

South of San Jose and situated in an area that is bordered on one side by the Santa Cruz Mountains and on the other by the Diablo Range, Santa Clara Valley has a very Mediterranean climate that lends itself perfectly to the craft that is viticulture. The grape vines in the AVA love the temperature difference that occurs with warm days and cool to cold evenings. This area has the type of climate and topography, that with some thoughtful site selection, allows you successfully grow almost any variety of vine you wish.
After tasting a number of area wines from a cross section of the wineries, it was apparent that there were some quality wines here that a lot of people need to know about. Looking into the area wines and finding that they are collecting an amazing number of credible accolades, did not come as a surprise.

With over twenty two member wineries there are a plethora of delightful tasting choices from the small family setup that offers tastings on the back patio, to some larger operations with picnic areas, banquet rooms and or wedding facilities. With many Gold and Double Gold medals as well as so many other awards among them there is solid validation of the tastings had so far. We are looking forward to doing them all! Yep, you read that correctly! Tasting from every one of the members of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley. We will be dividing up the next stories in to west side of HWY 101 and east side north and south and unless they lock the gates on us, it should be very doable.

After spending some time talking with Greg Richtarek the VP for the association board at the Guglielmo Winery where he works as the Director of Marketing, and learning a little about the area and the history we can't wait to get stuck into it. How come you only learned a little you may ask, well information retention is not a strength and as there is a ton of info on their website, rather than just restate it, go to their website.

The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley association also organizes events through out the year and the next big event is a first. The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley tell us that you are invited to attend this inaugural wine and food event,

Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Present - Silicon Valley's Wine Escape!
featuring: 22 award winning wineries from the Santa Clara Valley AVA, and over a dozen premier restaurants from throughout the region. When is it?

Saturday, June 29th, with things happening between 9:30am to 4:00pm

Campbell Community Center
1 West Campbell Avenue
Campbell, California 95008

There is also the Santa Clara Valley Passport Weekend -- Save the Date! October 5th and 6th, $30 per person.

Take part in activities planned exclusively for passport holders:
Winery Tours - Special Discounts - New Releases - Music - AND GREAT WINES!!

Passports can be purchased at any participating winery, the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Gilroy Welcome Center and Rocca's Market 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We, or at least one of us, will be attending this event to check it out as this should be a great time, and we hope to see you there!

Over the next few weeks we will also be visiting the member wineries and compiling some stories of our Adventures along the way. You have a chance to beat us to em if you hurry. Tell em we sent you and enjoy the Adventure , we 'recommend" you do.

Happy Tasting Adventures,
Kiwi & Koala

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