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A few sips of Santa Clara Valley

FLAVOR POP Whether it’s berry notes or satiny tannins, this wine list has a summer selection for everyone.

We’re blessed with so many wineries—each focusing on something unique. I love discovering new sips from the Valley to share.

2017 Aver Family Grenache Blanc, $35

Part of the Family Album series, the label bears a photo of Carolyn’s parents on their wedding day in 1953. A pure summer peach, white nectarine and apricot delight, this sensational nectarlike wine comes from Ron Siletto’s vineyard in San Benito.

2014 Jason-Stephens Cabernet Franc, $32

Opening with raspberry, violets and cranberry, this cab franc from the Dorcich Vineyard is packed with blackberry, pomegranate, raspberry mocha, tarragon and sandalwood. Energetic and charming, the silky texture and satiny tannins will easily win you over.

2016 Sarah’s Vineyard Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir, $45

Tim Slater has captured the dark intensity of this renowned Santa Lucia Highlands site, while demonstrating enough restraint in the winemaking process to convey a sinewy but engaging energy that keeps it flowing effortlessly.

2014 Martin Ranch J.D. Hurley Carignane, $28

Bold and spicy, this carignane from Dan Martin makes a case for why it should be more prevalent here. An exceptionally well-crafted example, exhibiting relentless power.

2014 Martin Ranch Thérèse Vineyards Malbec, $40

Redolent of blueberries and sage, with sleek tannins and ample acid, this malbec from Dos Niñas Vineyard pair great with eggplant caponata or stuffed porcini with smoked mozzarella and sausage. Named “Best in California” by the CA State Fair.

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