Articles by Laura Ness

About Laura Ness
Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

Market comes to Stomping Ground

Janu Goelz of Alara Cellars has long loved the idea of an open air market and is thrilled to bring Makers Market to The Stomping Ground on the second Saturday of each summer month: July 13 and Aug. 10, from 2-8pm, with more dates to come. The market coincides with the planned [...]

Solis takes Best of Show

For the second year in a row, a Santa Clara Valley winery won the Central Coast Wine Competition.  Solis Winery garnered Best White and Best of Show with the 2018 Estate Fiano, a lithe Italian variety that is a rare bird in California. Last year, Alara Cellars won for the [...]

P&V Vineyards makes debut

Paul Kermoyan didn’t grow up with dreams of becoming a winemaker or owning a vineyard. He was an Armenian kid whose family dabbled in homebrew. During college, he got into beermaking and then, later on, began helping a friend make wine. “I can do this!” the Campbell city [...]

Mosley returns to Cinnabar

Cinnabar, one of the most established brands in Santa Clara County, is under new ownership. What began three decades ago as the dream of Cinnabar’s founder, Tom Mudd (1942-2007), continues in the capable hands of Ron Mosley, the original vineyard manager for the Santa Cruz [...]

Sipping for a cause

With a 21-year history of raising funds for local charities, the South Valley Wine Auction invites the community to enjoy a lineup of wineries, restaurants and auction items on Saturday, May 18 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. Pamala Meador, president of the [...]

Acres of green at Verde Vineyards

It doesn’t get more green and lush than this Gilroy spot out on Buena Vista Avenue, directly across from colorful Satori Cellars. George and Lynda Green, who met and still work in the medical field, bought this property for its tranquil setting and views, not really thinking [...]

Passport temptations

The weather may feel a season away from spring, but come Mar. 1, the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley begin their month-long Spring Passport event [...]

Winemaker earns honors

The new year got off to a golden start for Solis Winery in Gilroy, as they came home from the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with two gold medals and four silvers for their wines. This continues what has been an impressive streak of award-winning vintages for the [...]

Sweet pairings

Celebrating the month of love with chocolate, wine, roses and fancy dinners is easy in the South Valley. Church Creek Cellars will hold a wine and truffle pairing Feb. 2-3, and Calerrain will hand out roses Feb. 9-10. Alara plans a chocolate truffle pairing with Mariette [...]

Cab is king

It’s no surprise that cab is king, especially in cooler weather, when sitting by the fire takes on a romantic air. Want to give yourself or a cab lover in your life a set of special local cabernets this holiday season?  Here are a few to ponder. Aver Family’s 2014 [...]
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