Winery opens for service

White wines now on sale

TABLE SERVICE Fortino Winery’s lineup of wines. Photo courtesy of Fortino Winery

If you miss relaxing with wine in the vines, head to Fortino, where they’ve begun table service on the Redwood Terrace, by reservation, Friday through Sunday, from 11am-5pm. Guests can enjoy wine by the glass and by the bottle; no wine tastings as of yet. 

Regulations require a food purchase with your wine, so Gino Fortino has three tasty items on offer, including an Antipasto Plate, Gourmet Alley Garlic Festival Inspired Garlic Bread and Gino’s Specialty Pasta con Pesto w/Garlic Bread. A host will seat you at a table 12 feet from all other tables, and a server will take your order. Masks are required, except when seated.

Summer means white wines, and Calerrain just released their 2019 Albariño, an ideal pairing with summer salads from your Covid veggie garden. Sarah’s Vineyard has a slew of summerific whites on sale, including a six-pack with chardonnay, picpoul blanc, Madonne Blanc, Jours de Joie, grenache blanc and viognier: retail, $166; members, $150, or by the case, retail, $200; members, $180.

When the apricots start to ripen, there’s no place better to be than the Santa Clara Valley. Come to B&R Farms, 5280 Fairview Road in Hollister, on Saturday, June 27, 8am-3:30pm, to pick your Blenheims, the world’s most beloved apricot. So delicate and perishable, they rarely make an appearance at markets, except in dried form. This is a one-day only event. Please RSVP for a timeslot at

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