Articles by Bev Stenehjem

About Bev Stenehjem
Bev Stenehjem is a wine columnist for South Valley Magazine and is the author of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Arcadia Publishing. Bev also promotes the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley association on Facebook and Twitter. Reach her at [email protected].

Vine dining

The moon and the stars have aligned, bringing the next Outstanding in the Field dinner to Gilroy on Thursday, June 29. This extraordinary farm-to-table dinner is a collaboration between three titans of the food and wine industry: a visionary chef, legendary winemakers and a [...]

Musical Pairing

Wine and music make a beautiful pairing! Here are the free (with wine purchase) concert series throughout the summer: Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm: Guglielmo Winery presents its Vines and Vibes concert series from May through August with a June lineup that includes the Alison Sharino [...]

Dry-farmed vineyard

After a Mother’s Day brunch with my grown daughters, we headed over to sample the delicious wines of Hecker Pass Winery. Other families, kids and dogs with the same idea were already there, enjoying their picnics under the grapevine arbor. Inside the tasting room we were [...]

Lost girl

The winemaker dinner at La Niña Perdida Mexican Restaurant was a foodie’s heaven—an evening of magical food and wine pairings. Owner/Chef Miriam Vega served up five sublime courses while Vic and Mike Vanni, winemaker/owners of Solis Winery poured five of their brilliant [...]

Locally labeled

Since the Gilroy co-op Blended, A Winemaker’s Studio opened its doors in October of 2015, Ron Mosley, owner/winemaker of Tass Vineyards and Winery has been working hard to bring in his own wine label. Much to everyone’s delight, Mosley’s winery has finally joined the other [...]

Disruption brewing

Mom and pop businesses make up 99.7 percent of employers, according to the U.S. Small Business Association. Yet, despite their large numbers, small businesses face tough competition from corporate giants that use volume and online sales to keep prices low, and can eventually [...]

Rich soil of Paradise Valley Vineyards

Spicing up their history lessons, the Morgan Hill Historical Society offers wine-tasting along with free presentations by local speakers at the historical home of Hiram Morgan Hill. I recently made a presentation of vintage photos from our wine region’s past and afterward, was [...]

Top kitchen trends

Celebrity cook and author Rachel Ray, says “Good food and a warm kitchen are what make a house a home.” As the indisputable heart of our homes, the kitchen is where everyone tends to gather. And for good reason—the kitchen is where we find comforting aromas of onions being [...]

Keeping wine at its finest

Maybe this has happened to you. You purchased a great bottle of wine for some future occasion, but when the time finally came to open it, the wine was lackluster, a shadow of what it used to be, and nothing like the flavor profile you had hoped it would mature into. Or worse, [...]

Blended Bliss

Big mustaches, authentic paella events, vintage cars, and most of all, amazingly good Bordeaux-style wines are elements that describe De Rose Winery located on the Cienega Wine Trail in Hollister. Entering the chilly warehouse we were warmly greeted by the owner, Pat De Rose, [...]
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