Hi Folks,

We'll be going to San Fran in March and plan to visit Rhys tasting room (near Los Gatos). If anyone is familiar with the area and could suggest other tasting rooms not too far away that would be worthwhile to visit, any info would be much appreciated!

Also, any good restaurants in that vicinity.

Thanks for any input!
Original Post
quote:
Originally posted by DoubleD:
+1 on Ridge


Ridge is a no brainer and they have a nice spot to picnic. The ride up is a bit harrowing so make it your first stop and have a picnic lunch before heading back down. Just look out for yellow jackets, they're sting hurts like a @&&_$$ from personal experience.

If you are heading back towards San Jose I think testarossa winery in los gatos is worth a stop. Very cool spot
Ridge and Rhys are 2 miles apart. There's no direct road. Allow an hour to get between them, and Ridge is only open on the weekends. That's kind of the punch line, Rhys is not close to anything. Fogarty is probably the closest at about 25 minutes.

Mt Eden and Varner are appointment only. Varner is getting harder to get an appointment with and they are pretty much week day only. Varner is not really close to Ridge, allow another hour to get there. I don't like Testarossa, it's not my style of tasting room, more Napa than SCM.

In the village of Saratoga there is a cluster of tasting rooms including Big Basin. All are along Hwy 9 which is the road you'll take down from Rhys. There are lots of dinning options in both Saratoga and Los Gatos. What are you looking for?
quote:
Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
Ridge and Rhys are 2 miles apart. There's no direct road. Allow an hour to get between them, and Ridge is only open on the weekends. That's kind of the punch line, Rhys is not close to anything. Fogarty is probably the closest at about 25 minutes.

Mt Eden and Varner are appointment only. Varner is getting harder to get an appointment with and they are pretty much week day only. Varner is not really close to Ridge, allow another hour to get there. I don't like Testarossa, it's not my style of tasting room, more Napa than SCM.

In the village of Saratoga there is a cluster of tasting rooms including Big Basin. All are along Hwy 9 which is the road you'll take down from Rhys. There are lots of dinning options in both Saratoga and Los Gatos. What are you looking for?


I agree with Paul that Testarossa is definitely more Napa than SCM. I just figured he's coming from NYC and might enjoy a big, showy place with good wines. If he's looking for a SCM experience only its not the place. However, if he wants an experience more akin to a big time Napa tasting room then have it.
Thanks for the info. Wow Rhys & Ridge 2 miles apart and an hour away, sounds like going 2 miles in NYC during rush hour. I'll definitely check out the winery suggestions, but Ridge is a definite!

If we find that Testarossa is convenient as to how the day unwinds we'll pop in and check it out. Hey, we like ALL SORTS of wineries, and now my curiosity has been piqued.

Restaurant wise Paul, Italian, French, Contemporary, Seafood if you know a nice one to recommend.

Thanks All!
Ridge has limited sit down tastings by appointment during the week.

Fogarty is up on Skyline, not too far from Rhys. Their long time assistant winemaker stepped up and is now in charge. The changes he's made in the vineyard and cellar have really put them in the top tier of Pinot producers in CA. Chards are really good, too. They have a second vineyard (warmer site) in Los Gatos where they have Bordeaux varieties, which they produce under the Lexington label which are impressive, too.

House Family is on a lower ridge top in Saratoga, not far from Mount Eden. Appointment only during the week. Mostly Bordeaux varieties, plus Chard, and they make a really good Pinot from a cooler site of theirs not too far away.

The tasting rooms (and shops with tastings) in the quaint town of Saratoga are open later than wineries.

In Los Gatos proper is Left Bend Winery. They're new and have been seeking out and sourcing from some pretty interesting/historic vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Really good Cabs, Pinots, Syrah, plus the world's best Carignane all the lemmings will taste right past without thought because it's not Cab. ;-)
I am a HUGE fan of Mount Eden. I think their Estate Chardonnay is America's most Burgundian, and also one of the absolute best. Their other wines are solid, and their Domaine Eden line I just came across and found it a great value. I've never visited, but would love to at some point...
quote:
Originally posted by yhn:
quote:
Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
I think we can all agree that Frisco is the worst though.


Yeah, who would want to go there. Err, what?


Ever been to Alcatraz? Big Grin

I still owe some restaurant recommendations to. For high end the famous ones are Plumed Horse in Saratoga and Manresa in Los Gatos. If I had to eat somewhere in town it would probably be Oak and Rye. I haven't been, but the owners and chef are the same as a previous restaurant on site that was good, and I like Rye. Smile

TPE is probably your best restaurant reference for Los Gatos, might try to ping him. I've grown adverse to paying $300 for what I can get for $125 in Gilroy (if you followed that discussion with G-man you'll know what I mean)
quote:
Originally posted by RedMeat:
Don't miss Windy Oaks.


That's pretty far. An hour or so from Rhys and adding a lot of time to get back to SF. Would make sense if staying in the Santa Cruz area that night. Otherwise, going back down to the Saratoga/Los Gatos area or going south on Skyline to Fogarty would make more sense.
quote:
Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
quote:
Originally posted by yhn:

They're way down in Salinas.


and if you're after a beautiful tasting room with a lovely view, you'd probably be disappointed, unless you think auto body repair places are beautiful.


I never go to a winery because of the pretty view.
quote:
Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
quote:
Originally posted by yhn:
quote:
Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
I think we can all agree that Frisco is the worst though.


Yeah, who would want to go there. Err, what?


Ever been to Alcatraz? Big Grin

I still owe some restaurant recommendations to. For high end the famous ones are Plumed Horse in Saratoga and Manresa in Los Gatos. If I had to eat somewhere in town it would probably be Oak and Rye. I haven't been, but the owners and chef are the same as a previous restaurant on site that was good, and I like Rye. Smile

TPE is probably your best restaurant reference for Los Gatos, might try to ping him. I've grown adverse to paying $300 for what I can get for $125 in Gilroy (if you followed that discussion with G-man you'll know what I mean)


Hey thanks much for those restaurant recommendations! I appreciate everyone's input, it's always great to get the heads up from the regular folks in the know!

In addition to all the interesting & helpful suggestions, a great article on Santa Cruz wines appeared in the New York ("the city") Times on January 20th. The link is below if anyone missed it and wants to check it out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01...-cruz-mountains.html

I had the opportunity to visit Rhys on a recent trip to California.  It was a really gorgeous day to visit and tour their facility; nothing but blue skies and serenity. 

The tour of Skyline Vineyard and the production/storage facility was interesting, engaging, and informative.  The amount of work that went into building their cave was staggering. 

You can see Ridge from Rhys (about 2.5 miles away).  A valley (through which runs the San Andreas fault) lies between them.  It is a spectacular view.

We tasted the following wines:

2006 Alpine Pinot Noir

2007 Alpine Pinot Noir

2012 Alpine Pinot Noir

2016 Alpine Pinot Noir

2016 Horseshoe Pinot Noir

2017 Mt. Pajaro Pinot Noir

2017 Horseshoe Chardonnay

2017 Alpine Chardonnay

2015 Bearwallow Blanc de Blancs

The older Pinots were very good, as was the 2012; the Mt. Pajaro was solid; the 2017 Chardonnays are outstanding (if you are on their list, I would load up); and the Blanc de Blancs was a real treat.  The sparkler is a joint effort with Pierre Peters and is really, really good.  If you received an offer, it is a definite buy.

 

 

Add Reply

Likes (0)
×
×
×
×