Tag Archives: Santa Cruz Mountains

How a Course on California Wine Brought Me Full Circle

Check out my latest San Francisco Wine School blog California Here I Come, Right Back Where I Started From to learn how the California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) program augmented my career in and personal passion for California Wine. Advertisements

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R&W Vineyards: Work, Love, and Play Give Rise to Fine Wine

It is often said, “The couple who plays together, stays together.” But, what about the couple who not only plays together but also works and lives together? For William (Bill) Wood and Noel Relyea, the relevancy in doing nearly everything … Continue reading

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Branciforte Creek Vineyard: Complex, Elegant Pinot Noir—from the Vineyard to the Glass

The Early Days There’s a vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains that dates back to the mid-1800s. It is known today as Branciforte Creek Vineyard, and is part of one of the oldest continuously operated grape-growing regions in California—a 300-acre … Continue reading

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Bald Mountain Vineyard: The Ultimate Sandbox

High atop the Santa Cruz Mountains there’s a vineyard that thrives in nothing but near-100-percent sandy soil. That vineyard is Bald Mountain, and is owned and farmed by Jim Beauregard of Beauregard Vineyards. Located a few miles from the winery’s … Continue reading

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Mount Eden Expands with Domain Eden and Silicon Valley Bank Financing

Mount Eden Vineyards, a 40-acre estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Saratoga, Calif., has a history shrouded in mystique nearly as thick as the fog that occasionally surrounds its vineyards. It is this mystique and—more important—the minimalistic, unwavering winemaking … Continue reading

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The Composition and the “Creek”: Listen, Sip and, by all Means, Weep

There are things in life that are so beautiful they make me weep. Two in particular are Adagio for Strings, a composition by the late Samuel Barber; and Branciforte Creek Pinot Noir, a voluptuous wine made by Jeff Emery, proprietor-winemaker, … Continue reading

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The Elements that Bind: Biochemists William Wood and Noël Relyea Blend Work, Love and Play, Giving Rise to Fine Wine

William Wood and Noël Relyea, co-owners/co-winemakers of R&W Vineyards on The Elements that Bind: BiochemistMontebello Ridge in Cupertino, California, enjoy the fruits of their labor. R&W produces just 300 cases a year of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Photo courtesy … Continue reading

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