November 2019

The hustle and bustle of the holidays disappear when you enter the barrel room at Woodside Vineyards in Menlo Park, currently all decked out with multi-colored lights. Inside you’re treated to not only tastes from barrels of Woodside Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Kings Mountain Cabernet,  but the history of the winery, ably told by winemaker Brian Caselden.

The winery is the oldest in San Mateo County but its roots go much further back. The Cabernet wines are made from La Questa vines first planted E. H. Rixford in 1884, stock from France’s Château Margaux winery.

Bob Mullen started the winery in 1963. It was the 120th winery in California that now numbers 5,000 or so. “Buff” Guirlani took over ownership in 2010, and the winery  shares space with vintage and collector cars at AutoVino.

It’s always been fun to stop by, sip what’s being poured and wander around the cars (look but do not touch!). But Brian’s tales are an extra enticement, given his encyclopedic knowledge about both Woodside Vineyards and winemaking in general.

You’ll also see what we believe are the world’s biggest wine bottles made from corks!

Woodside Vineyards, located at 205 Constitution Drive, will be offering barrel tasting again tomorrow, Dec. 1, and next weekend (Dec. 6-8). The times on Friday are 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm. There is a $10 tasting fee for non-wine club members; special pricing on various vintages is also offered.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

{ Be the first to comment }

Lots of bluster but not much rain – at least yet

The predicted atmospheric river of rain was a but mere trickle of a stream, at least as of 3:00 pm today. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Lots of cold, dampness, and very wet, yet little rain in my backyard. I can only add .15” for a season-to-date total of 1.5”. This day last year […]

Click to read more →

Support local merchants and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving,  may get all the publicity, but there’s also Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019! Local businesses are the cornerstone of a strong community. Menlo Park supports Small Business Saturday, a national campaign to celebrate local entrepreneurs, where you can find that special gift at a downtown shop (think […]

Click to read more →

The Bugs of Pokémon examined on Sunday, Dec. 1

Attention K-8 students! Meet Beetlelady Stephanie Dole, Ph.D., and explore the place where fantasy meets reality on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Belle Haven branch (413 Ivy Dr.) of the Menlo Park Library. The creator of Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri, spent his childhood collecting bugs in the Japanese countryside. His love […]

Click to read more →

Former PUC President to speak at Menlo Park Kiwanis Club’s December 3 meeting

California has suffered from many disastrous fires over the past few years, and PG&E has been at the center of the “blame and finding solutions” turmoil. A third entity, California’s Public Utility Commission has also been thrust into this same complex territory. In what promises to be a hot topic, Greg Conlon, former President of […]

Click to read more →

Learn about healing from trauma through traditional arts on Dec. 2

Encounter the artistic work of three local organizations with experience in healing through traditional arts: the Omnira Institute, Halau ‘O Kawainuhi, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA). The event takes places on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Menlo Park Libary. Through first-person reflections, videos, photos, and participatory engagement, representatives of each organization will […]

Click to read more →

How that turkey you’re eating got its name

Today, many American families will gather around the lunch or (and?) dinner table, feasting on a Thanksgiving meal centered on turkey. It’s a celebration of many things, but historically, stems back to 1621, when European settlers (“Pilgrims,” as any American elementary school children will surely tell you) marked the harvest by having a similar meal. […]

Click to read more →

Sunny Thanksgiving morning after more rain overnight

Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ this Thanksgiving morning: “I was surprised to find a fresh .05” of water in my gauge. That is 1.35” season to date. Perhaps someone else can be more precise but I read a low of about 32 degrees. Brrrr!!!!” Keep those low temps going and we might see snow! […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park Kiwanis Christmas tree lot opens on November 29

Menlo Park Kiwanis Club opens its annual Christmas tree lot on Friday, November 29, the day after Thanksgiving. It will be closed on Saturday, November 30, to accommodate parking and traffic for the Stanford-Notre Dame football game, but it will open again on Sunday, December 1. Once again beautiful Noble Fir trees will be delivered […]

Click to read more →

And the rain returns after six month hiatus

Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “As of 7:00 am, my gauge measures 1.1”. That compares to 1.05” same date in 2018. And still raining softly. We are back in business!” All that rain left a huge puddle at the corner of Hillview Drive and Cotton Avenue, photographed just before 10:00 am. Shortly after 4:00 pm, […]

Click to read more →

Viewpoint: The abundance of shopping complications

Editor’s note: InMenlo welcomes a new contributor, Harvey Radin, who will be offering commentaries about life — from his viewpoint. All we wanted was a duvet. Who knew they come in so many different makes and models? There are humidity-fighting duvets, alternative duvets, duvets that keep you warm, duvets that keep you cool. It’s complicated, […]

Click to read more →