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High Praise for Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

Recently international wine critic Alder Yarrow visited the area and tasted through a wide range of Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We’re happy to report that the 5 wines we submitted all scored among some of the highest in the roundup. Alder summarized his experience with the following statement, and we’re quite proud Read More

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Scores don’t matter? Maybe. But over time, they show a pattern of quality.

I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve heard other winemakers or commercial wine buyers say “scores don’t matter”.  I find it a bit disingenuous– I’ve never met a winemaker who didn’t get happy about a good score, or pissed off about a bad one. That said, a single good or bad Read More

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2017 and 2018 Vintages Get Great Reviews from Wine Advocate

From the February 2020 Edition of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: John Benedetti crafted some lovely wines from the Corralitos area of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation in 2017, despite the heat wave. “Labor Day is way too early to pick most of the Pinot Noir from this region,” he says. He spoke with other winemakers Read More

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Aptos Tasting Room Opens Amid Tragedy

There is an article from Edible Monterey Bay that summarizes a tragedy that has struck our family, and talks about the amazing friends and family who have come together to support us and open our tasting room in Aptos. Here’s the link.

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Shadowbrook Winemaker Wednesday October 23rd

On October 23rd from 5:00 – 8:00 owner/winemaker John Benedetti will be serving four of our new wines at the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola. Each wine will be served with an hors d’oeuvre that has been specially-created by the chef to pair with the wine. We did this event last year and it was a Read More

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2 Wineries, 1 Tasting Fee

Our friends at Beauregard Vineyards have agreed to gift two tasting flights to anyone who shows them a receipt from our tasting room. We’re doing the same: show us a receipt from Beauregard and tasting for two is free in our tasting room. It’s a great way to expand your trip up/down the north coast: Read More

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Tasting Room Opening August 2nd

The opening of our tasting room on August 2nd is the culmination of almost 3 years traveling a curvy road and taking a U-Turn or two… but it’s finally happening. Back in 2011 we set out to build a brewery and winery in the same place, with a shared tasting room. After 18 months of Read More

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Passport Saturday July 20th – Come Check Out Our New Digs!

Passport Day July 20th from 11:00 to 5:00! For the first time, we are inviting guests to the location of our new winery facility at 21435 Summit Road, Los Gatos, for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association’s Summer Passport event on July 20th. Our new winery location at Candice Wozniak’s Redwood Ridge Estate is typically Read More

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Tasting Room Coming in August!

Great news!  Our tasting room at 216-A Stage Road in Pescadero has been approved by the ABC.  The location in Pescadero is perfect for us – from the doorway you can see the bakery Sante Arcangeli built in the 1920s, which is still run by our family.  We share a building with Made in Pescadero, Read More

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