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!
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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?
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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...

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