Wine

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 [...]

Mosley returns to Cinnabar

Laura Ness

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

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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

Laura Ness

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

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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 [...]

Stroll highlights wineries

Erik Chalhoub

Erik Chalhoub is the editor of South Valley. Prior to joining the magazine in March 2019, he worked for seven years at The Pajaronian in Watsonville, the last four as managing editor.
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Sonoma County may boast an impressive 425 wineries, but the nearly two-hour drive proves too far for many. Los Gatos has a nice collection of wineries, but wine fans have to brave the treacherous Highway 17 to get there. Thankfully, wine lovers in southern Santa Clara County [...]

Acres of green at Verde Vineyards

Laura Ness

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

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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 [...]

All a-sparkle

Laura Ness

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

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One wants something light, effervescent and joyful to welcome the New Year. Queue the sparkling wine, along with Auld Lang Syne. While some strictly quaff Champagne from France for the holidays, many prefer domestic. If you want to fill your flute with local bubbles, several [...]

Dream job

Laura Ness

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

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George Troquato has been the award-winning winemaker at Cinnabar since 1990. The Los Gatos native, who graduated in 1985 from Cal Poly with a degree in crop science, made the first five vintages of Testarossa, from 1994 to 1998. A resident of San Jose with his wife, Kristi, a [...]

Farming family

Laura Ness

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

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When you get here, you’ve come as far as you can on this dead-end road, but what a place to end. A streamside picnic grove amid the redwoods awaits you, with tables and chairs and little tree trunks to sit on for weddings and such. Although the signs at the gate portend [...]

Edgy aroma

Laura Ness

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

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Not the easiest varietal to pronounce, so make sure you don’t have a mouth full of spaghetti when you ask someone to pass the Guglielmo Grignolino, a sassy red wine that will spice up any summertime repast, pasta or no. This is an unusual grape in California, and it’s not [...]
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