Wineries offering tastings by reservation

VINEYARD VIEWS Wineries throughout Santa Clara Valley are beginning to reopen and offer tastings outside. Photo courtesy of Calerrain Winery

Santa Clara Wineries are finally being allowed to open without the burden of having to serve food. Let’s hope that lasts. 

“Our winery members have patiently waited out one of the longest shelter-in-place orders in the state,” said Calerrain Winery’s Geoff Mace, president of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley. “While the beauty of the vineyard views will be the same, guests should expect their tastings to look a little different. Call ahead for reservations and be sure to wear a mask, which can be removed while seated at a table, but otherwise guests should be wearing them on the winery properties.”

Calerrain will reopen with 90-minute reservation slots, serving wine by the glass and bottle on their outdoor patio, with members receiving two complimentary glasses of wine of their choosing. 

Aver Family Winery plans to open with reservations suggested, starting Friday, July 31. New hours will be the first and third weekends of the month, including Fridays, from noon to 5pm.

Lion Ranch gears up for tasting flights only as of July 18, and will be open Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, by reservation only, going forward. Groups of four maximum are welcome for 60-minute tastings. Bottle sales are to go only.

“We made these awesome flight boxes that hold six stemless glasses; we’re upcycling oak staves,” Kim Engelhardt of Lion Ranch said.

On a sad note, we mourn the passing of Gary Guglielmo, former president of Guglielmo Winery. More next time.

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