Wines and Vineyards

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One of the gifts that Portola Vineyards vintner Len Lehmann gives back to the community each year is a summer series of jazz concerts. There are still tickets available for the last one featuring Charged Particles on August 19.

Sunday night featured legendary jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich, who peppered the two sets with memories of the greats he’s played with over the years.

A native of what is now known as Montenegro, he emigrated to San Francisco in 1951 while Tito controlled what was then called Yugoslavia.

Addressing the audience before the music started he said, “When I came to San Francisco there were 50 jazz clubs. Today there are none. Thank you, Len Lehmann for keeping jazz alive.”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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5th Annual Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk set for June 2

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Santa Cruz wine will be flowing at the 5th Annual Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, June 2 in downtown Menlo Park from 2:00 to 5:30 pm with proceeds benefiting the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). Advance tickets are available online via the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association for $49. Tickets can be purchased […]

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Come downtown for a winter wine walk on Dec. 2

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On Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm you’ll enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Santa Cruz Avenue. The fourth Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk is presented by the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) and the Santa […]

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Courtney Kingston is fourth generation steward of family farm in Chile that now produces wine

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Courtney Kingston’s life’s been a bit farm to farm. She came to Stanford to get her MBA, writing a business plan about how to convert her family’s dairy farm in the Casablanca Valley in Chile into a Pinot farm by planting grapes on the western hills. “We even have a Palm Drive going into our […]

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Perfect afternoon to walk downtown and sip wines from Santa Cruz Mountains

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The third annual Taste of the Mountains arrived this afternoon on Santa Cruz Avenue. It’s an opportunity to taste wines from wineries just up the hill from Menlo Park and learn from winemakers. Nine local retailers played host to 11 Santa Cruz mountain wineries. The event is a great opportunity to visit with the winemakers […]

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Taste of the Mountains returns to downtown Menlo Park on June 3

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The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the third annual Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, June 3 in downtown Menlo Park from 2:00-5:30pm. Tickets are $49, and  proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains poured in various […]

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Jim Varner talks about the newest Varner wines

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Jim Varner was on a path to be a winemaker while his “smarter than me” twin brother, Bob, was studying to be a geneticist. Today Bob is the winemaker and Jim is the businessman behind Menlo Park-based Varner Wine. “I have the degree, and he read all my textbooks,” Jim quipped during a visit at his Ladera home. […]

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Taste of the Mountains wine walk makes a return visit to downtown Menlo Park

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The 2nd annual Taste of the Mountains wine walk will take place Saturday, December 3,  from 2:00 to 5:00 pm along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park. Organized by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, the event showcases nearby wineries, with all ticket proceeds going to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF.) Participating wineries include: […]

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Spotted: Vat of delicious sangria at Woodside Vineyards

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Woodside Vineyards, which is one of the wineries located in Menlo Park, has great wine club member events. Today, they hosted a sangria and fajitas party. The sangria was made from their Grenache Rosé mixed with brandy and fruit. Very, very tasty!

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French wine is half off at Left Bank Menlo Park

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From now through August 18th, Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park is offering the restaurant’s full selection of French wines by the bottle at half price. Comments General Manager Jennifer Hancox: “I think that this is a great way for us to celebrate our 18th anniversary. With every bottle of French wine half priced, it’s fun and […]

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New wine from the Fogarty family tasted at winemaker dinner at LB Steak

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Hard to be local and not know and appreciate the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines produced by Thomas Fogarty Winery at its location along Skyline Blvd. in Woodside. But last night at a winemaker dinner at LB Steak in Menlo Park, we were introduced to the family’s newest wine, a 2011 Lexington Cabernet Sauvignon (Gist Ranch […]

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