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Veraison underway at local vineyards

Laura Ness

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

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August is the month when veraison occurs in earnest, in both white and red grapes. Berries begin swelling rapidly and whites transition from a Thompson seedless shade of pale green to a warm greenish-yellow. Chardonnay will gradually glow like polished gold. Reds blush [...]

Gilroy Garlic Festival 2019 wine garden

Laura Ness

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

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Get ready for garlic, wine and country music as the 41st annual Garlic Festival returns with Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat and her new Nashville band, Gone West. Cook-offs helmed by celebrity chefs Tom Colicchio (Top Chef judge) [...]

Market comes to Stomping Ground

Laura Ness

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

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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

Laura Ness

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

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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 [...]

Plenty of rides scheduled to share cycling passion

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Happy 243rd, USA! Summertime is not leave-the-bike-in-the-garage-and-wait-for-the-temps-to-drop time. Oh, no! Summer is slather-on-the-sunscreen-pack-extra-water-don-the-sun-protection-and-get-outside time.  We are blessed to live in a time when store shelves and online [...]

P&V Vineyards makes debut

Laura Ness

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

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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 [...]

Family Day at Chitactac Adams park set for June 29

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
Ron Erskine

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Imagine our south Santa Clara Valley before the Gold Rush. It was not unusual to see scores of grizzly bears in a single day. Pronghorn and tule elk regularly browsed beside tule marshes and wetlands. Deer foraged beneath a forest of valley oaks evenly spaced across the valley [...]

Bay Area’s newest preserve now open

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
Ron Erskine

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Living in the San Francisco Bay Area is a mixed bag. The comings and goings of eight million residents lead to crowding and congestion that can test the limits of patience. But we are blessed to be surrounded by more open space than any metro area in the nation. Time in the [...]
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