Need Santa Cruz tasting room recommendations

There's a big difference between Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Mountains. In the town of Santa Cruz there are two clusters of tasting rooms and another 3-4 wineries in short driving distance from downtown.

In the Mountains nothing is close to anything else. Even if it is close you can't get there from where you're at. One of my favorite parts of the tour I give is to stand at the top of the vineyard at Chaine d 'Or and point to Monte Bello about 5 miles away and then tell people it's an hour and 30 minute drive to get there.

It's really best to make appointments on places you'd like to try. Of the public tasting rooms I send people to Cooper Garrod, Ridge, Big Basin and Creekview. Martin Ranch is weekend only and also a good stop.

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