Mar 15, 2015

Bargetto Winery, an American story. there I am drinking it a tasting room (stay focused now) in Santa Cruz and the owner of the winery steps behind the bar. With corked bottle of wine in hand he tells his staff to taste it and to have the other folks working there taste it when they can (continuing education).

Well surprise surprise, I could not keep my mouth shut and had to chime in. This lead to a great conversation, with non other than John Bargetto himself of Bargetto Winery. We talked and some more wine was poured and we continued the conversation and next thing I know I walk out of there with the book (Vintage Bargetto Celebrating a Century of California Winemaking) that John had had published about some of his family history.

After reading the book I am taken by this well written engaging story that is the great American immigrant story of multiple generations, experiencing success, failure and success again. A story of vision, luck, both good and bad and of a family tenacity to keep going when most would have quit.
'The history of the Bargetto winemaking family of Soquel, California is an iconic American story rich with history-one marked by hard work and determination, family love, occasional setbacks, vision and perseverance.'

The family history is full of fascinating stories including one when in 1924 (during prohibition) the Two Bargetto brothers decided to start a 'bootlegging' operation. Oh yeah those Bargetto boys were scallywags!
Don't take my word for it this is a great read that has a wine theme and one in wich you can still touch by stopping by and tasting their wine.

Stop on by the tasting room and get a taste, buy some wine and get your own copy of this great book and get to know a bit more about this historic winery and the family behind it. If you live too far away to get their in person order your own copy of the book here.
Happy tasting Adventures,

3535 North Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 475-2258 ext. 14
Open Daily 12:00 - 5:00
700-G Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 373-4053
Sun - Thurs. 11:00 - 6:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 7:00


  1. A great post, and not just because it involved wine. Will have to look up the book and get over to try out the wine.

    1. There is a link to get the book through Amazon in the story. Enjoy. Cheers!

  2. A great post, and not just because it's about wine. Will have to pick up the book and pop over to try out the good stuff.


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