Vine-to-Wine celebrates harvest at Mountain Winery
The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley will host a celebration of harvest termed Vine-to-Wine on Sunday, Oct. 23, 1-4 p.m., at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Award-successful wines from more than 20 wineries will be featured, together with sparkling and dessert wines at a distinctive Bubbly Bar. Gourmand bites will be served by Kneaded Bread & Catering, a nonprofit, no-charge culinary arts vocational teaching software for youth and younger grownups in Santa Clara County.
A special VIP knowledge starts at noon, with reserve tastings led by Matthew Kaner, named a single of the Sommeliers of the Calendar year by Food stuff & Wine Magazine and 1 of the 40 Below 40 Tastemakers per Wine Fanatic. A 30-moment tour of the historic Paul Masson vineyard will follow the tasting.
A market at the occasion will element Campbell-primarily based Barrel Dreams’ wine barrel home furniture and home decor, California Craft Home lasered wood products and Coravin’s wine preservation products and solutions. Two neighborhood most loved bands, Matt Masih and the Messengers and the Singer and Songwriter Duo, will offer the soundtrack.
Vine to-Wine tickets are $125 at Eventbrite.com.
Among the new wineries pouring at the Vine-to-Wine function are L&M Winery (Gilroy) and Moose Mountain Vineyard (Morgan Hill). L&M is owned by Mandy Imas, a former San Jose schoolteacher, and Larry Imas, a occupation legislation enforcement officer for the Santa Clara Sheriff’s office, who bought a dwelling in the San Ysidro District of Gilroy that just took place to appear with a vineyard and vineyard products. This sweet place has fantastic views and is noteworthy for the couple’s restrained type of estate cabernet sauvignon and a red-fruited and pine-incensed cabernet franc from a neighboring vineyard.
Moose Mountain Vineyard is owned by winery supervisor and winemaker Dr. Richard Schmidt, a fertility professional whose business is in Mountain View. Schmidt is betting huge on tannat, a grape extra linked with Uruguay than Santa Clara Valley. The structure and fruit of the 2019 Moose Mountain tannat is extraordinary and also helps make for a huge-boned merlot.
Schmidt’s 26-acre ridgetop parcel has 14 acres of vines, including the 5 principal Bordeaux versions along with tempranillo, petite sirah and tannat, his individual favored. He’s also planted Italian kinds, together with Nebbiolo and Aglianico. The entire house is photo voltaic powered, and it receives plenty of sun, as witnessed by his flourishing veggie yard, olive trees and many kinds of avocados that ripen at distinctive instances. He also has a B&B overlooking the vineyard. As Schmidt is a vegan, avocado toast and complete grain waffles are on the menu for breakfast.
In other information: Alamitos Vineyards in the Almaden Valley has transitioned to a new winemaker, and it’s someone you may possibly all know. Owner Shaun Coleman tells us that George Troquato, longtime winemaker at Cinnabar, is now the winemaker of document at Alamitos.
In celebration of Oct as Merlot Thirty day period, sample a grape that’s been all as well frequently maligned at a tasting of 10 Merlots developed by Livermore Valley winemakers, on Saturday, Oct. 15, 1-4 p.m. “Hello, Merlot!” will be held at the beautiful Bankhead Theater, exactly where visitors can restore their faith in the supple and enduring charm of the grape Miles famously trashed but secretly savored in “Sideways.”
Taking part wineries include things like Cuda Ridge Wines, Fenestra Vineyard, Las Positas Vineyards, McGrail Vineyards, Nottingham Cellars, Web page Mill Winery, Retzlaff Vineyards, Rodrigue Molyneaux Vineyard, Rosa Fierro Cellars, and Wooden Family Vineyards. Tickets are $25 at https://livermorearts.org/gatherings/howdy-merlot or $30 at the doorway.