Food & Wine

Disruption brewing

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]
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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

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]
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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 [...]

Estate Vines

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]
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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 [...]

Red or white

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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Whether it’s rib-eye steaks off the barbecue, spicy kung pao chicken take-out or an eclectic charcuterie board—it seems there’s a wine paring for everything. For those with a hankering for comfort foods like BBQ ribs or spaghetti with marinara sauce, a zinfandel would be a [...]

Rhône for the Hills

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]
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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

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]
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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

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]
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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

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]
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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 [...]

Following the Wine Trail to Kirigin Cellars

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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By Bev Stenehjem On a recent Sunday afternoon, a group of us followed the Wine Trail of Santa Clara Valley and stopped in at Kirigin Cellars, which has been making wine on the property since 1916. There are so many things to love about Kirigin Cellars: to start with, [...]

Fresh dish at Cafe Thyme

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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Dining at Cafe Thyme has been a weekly affair for Patty Lemon of Gilroy, who has been eating at the restaurant since its opening in July. “The food is incredible. It’s my fourth time,” says Lemon. “The quality of the food is distinctive.” Lemon says the one time she [...]
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