Wines and Vineyards

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 extra gleam.

The Sunday farmers market seemed to be extra bustling with music provided by the Hillview Middle School Jazz Bandk.

Yesterday the annual Taste of the Mountains wine walk was held, benefiting the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. You can’t get much more local than Neely Wine, located in Portola Valley and pouring yesterday at Cheeky Monkey.

We also spotted a banner for the upcoming Windrider Film Forum that comes to the M-A PAC at the end of the month. We’ll have more on that in a feature post.

Meanwhile, get ready for perennial kickoff to summer next weekend — the Nativity Carnival with the popular Bay Area band, Pride and Joy kicking things off Friday, June 7.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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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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Good wine, good food, good vibe at Taste of Woodside

The Rotary Club of Woodside Portola Valley hosted Taste of Woodside last Sunday evening with proceeds benefiting the Club’s many school, community and international projects. Held on the grounds of the Woodside Village Church, the event featured wine tasting, music by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers (below) and a dinner catered by Chantal. The neighborhood kids proved […]

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Spotted: Legendary jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich at Portola Vineyards

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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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