Wines and Vineyards

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, December 7, in Downtown Menlo Park from 1:00 to 4:30pm. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. The cost is $49 per person.

Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Santa Cruz Avenue. Check in for your wristband, glass, and a map of the pouring locations at Fremont Park – then enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering. Purchase your favorites from the bottle booth and stay downtown for a dinner!

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Barrel tasting at Woodside Vineyards is great antidote to holiday bustle

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 […]

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Owen Laine keeps up the Bonora tradition of winemaking

Owen Laine, shown making wine at his parents’ Menlo Park home, is a fourth generation wine maker on his mother’s [Beth Bonora] side of the family. Enrico Bonora and his wife, Mari, left their ancestral town, Cologna, which is just outside Riva del Gard in Trento, Italy, around 1900, fleeing poverty. Their village was at […]

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Bill Peterson makes Zinfandel wine from his home-based operation

Bill Peterson, who’s lived in the same house in Atherton for 60 years, is a celebrity of sorts. It has nothing to do with his 30 years of service with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Instead, it has to do with the day he broke the law. “I’d had trouble finding a red wine […]

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Lucy Neely on the intersection of land stewardship and the wine business

Of the 230 acres owned by the Neely family, which extend from the Portola Valley floor up 1,700 feet to just below Windy Hill, only 7% is planted in grapes. That’s just fine with Lucy Neely who heads marketing for Neely Wine. “Since I moved back and got involved with the winery, I’ve thought a lot […]

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Kings Mountain Vineyards produces great tasting wines cultivated on Woodside estate

On a recent visit to Kings Mountain Vineyards in Woodside we saw the vines in their full leafy glory, stretching both to the sky and across rows to make contact with each other. The latter is intentional explained Kristi Bowers (picture right), the vineyard’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “We have one acre on quadrants. Each […]

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Preview of summer to come in downtown Menlo Park this weekend

There was something to look at in almost every direction in downtown Menlo Park this weekend — and many hinted at summer fun to come. The 1938 Packard (top) parked on Santa Cruz Avenue across from Left Bank this morning was, not surprisingly, stopping people in their tracks. The late spring sun gave it an […]

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Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk set for June 1 in downtown Menlo Park

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association and Station 1300, a Greenheart Land Company project, present Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, June 1 in Downtown Menlo Park. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz […]

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Downtown Menlo Park wine walk to feature 13 Santa Cruz mountain wineries

On Saturday, December 1, from 1:00–4:30 p.m., the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk in downtown Menlo Park. Enjoy wines from 13 local  wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Check in at Fremont Park to receive a wristband, map and special event wineglass. Participants are welcome to purchase […]

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Spotted: Witch selling potions of a fine wine kind

Sometimes grocery shopping brings a fun surprise. That was true today at the Safeway on El Camino in Menlo Park when we encountered Portola Vineyards Director of Sales Katherine Matlock Evans dressed up as a very pretty witch. She told us she’s at the store about once a month. Note: Portola Vineyards is one of […]

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Madera wins Wine Spectator Award under the stewardship of Paul Mekis

“The cellar has grown a bit,” Madera restaurant director of wine Paul Mekis told us when we caught up with him recently after first profiling him in 2014. The reason for our return visit: Madera, located in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park, received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator this year, one […]

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