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].

Estate Vines

At the tail end of our long rainy season the Santa Clara Wine Trail was covered in acres of bright yellow mustard and verdant green hills. I turned off on Redwood Retreat Road, toward Fernwood Cellars—and enjoyed the beauty of mossy trees and swollen streams rushing by. I [...]

Rhône for the Hills

Bucking the long tradition of Bordeaux-style wines in this valley is a growing trend of Rhône-style wines. For many years, the wineries of Santa Clara Valley have produced wines made from cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, zinfandel and other Italian varietals such as [...]

EmmaLily Vineyards

Specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon, EmmaLily Vineyards is tucked away in the rolling hills of the Uvas Valley. Owned by Steve and Laura Petersen, it is a family-run boutique winery named after their two daughters and sits on two acres where pigs, horses and dogs roam freely. As [...]

Historic vineyard

Solis Winery, one of Santa Clara Valley’s oldest wineries, is always a pleasure to visit. A small house, built in the 1900s and adorned with abalone shells that sparkle in the sun, greets visitors upon entering the driveway. Entering the tasting room, guests are treated to a [...]

Winning wines of South Valley

Congratulations to our eight local wineries that earned a combined 47 medals at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Martin Ranch Winery led the way with 12 medals, and Kirigin Cellars garnered 11 medals, with both winning in the Best of Class category. Other [...]
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