I'm going to be staying in Palo Alto next weekend and don't think I'll be getting up to Napa, but I think that David Bruce is somewhere in the South Bay, and I'm wondering if there are any other good wineries or tasting rooms around the Peninsula that anyone would recommend. Or is it really worth it to bite the bullet and make the trip up to Napa? I've only done it twice, but it doesn't really seem new anymore...
I don't know if these guys have a tasting room in their Menlo Park offices, but you can inquire about that if you want.
Their chardonnay, sourced from Santa Cruz mountains, and especially their Amphitheater Block and Home labels are some of the better whites that I've had from that area and are well priced, too.
I can't comment on the wines, but also in the area is the Savannah-Chanelle winery, up on Highway outside of Saratoga Village. The address is 23600 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, but basically you need to be looking to the left side of the road as you get a couple miles up, lest you miss the entrance for the forest.
I'm not a big wine drinker, but I liked Ridge Winery too. Free tastings of 3 wines and crackers. Check out their website: http://www.ridgewine.com/
Open for tasting and sales Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 4.
Plenty of picnic tables outside, check for rattlesnakes under the table before sitting down, cuz there are rattlesnakes at wineries, there is a sign that says it too. Nice bathrooms in a separate building outside, flush toilets and all.
Ridge Vineyards & Winery
18100 Montebello Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
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13100 Montebello Rd
Cupertino, CA 95015
This place is nice for wine tasting ($5 for 5 pours I think--my husband tasted some and liked them. Great for having a picnic, and hiking in and around the area. They are part of the Pichetti Ranch Open Space Preserve, next to Stevens Creek Park and if you want a longer hike you can start at Fremont Older. Don't miss the peacocks that are at the winery.
Ridge. Some of the best zins anywhere.
Thomas Fogarty, makes one of the handful of fine California gewurtztraminers.
It's a lovely drive over the hill to Bonny Doon, and you could also visit Phipps Ranch.