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is the source for many high profile wineries’ ‘Coastal’ lines, but the county name and its six American Viticultural Areas have been noticeably absent from wine labels for almost two decades. An exception is Josh Jensen’s Calera Wine Company, the county’s leading advocate of ‘terroir’ for close to 30 years. In 1990, Calera received official AVA status for their own Mount Harlan AVA, located in the high elevations of the Gabilan Mountain range. Times are changing and the image of San Benito County as a viable and diverse wine region is gaining momentum. New winery and vineyard developments and the resurrection of old vineyard plots should be credited with this resurgence. This has led to an almost four fold increase in vineyard acreage in the last decade. Once the almost exclusive domain of former industry giant Almaden, San Benito County now boasts a healthy mix of small and large scale wineries and vineyards supplying some of the state’s most prestigious wineries including Beaulieu Vineyards Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Négrette

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  • Alicats

    Alicats winery donates a portion of proceeds to The DSRTF (Down Syndrome Research and Treatment F...

  • Teague Vineyards

    Welcome to, located in the growing wine region of San Benito County. Our 2007...

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  • So Peter Mathis, who has worked at Ravenswood for eons, has his own grenache ... that came from old vines in San Benito County--a little off the beaten path.  It was a candidate for wine of the year for me that year because it was very inexpensive.  Apparently it was a market failure, but I liked it. Unti makes grenache, and it's a good candid... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Derose Vineyards Continental Cabernet Cienega Valley 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Derose Zinfandel 2006


    Sampled this at the Morgan Hill Wine Stroll on 4/26/14. DeRose had a red blend that was also very good but THIS was delicious. Very rich and full-bodied but not overpowering. Read More

    Wine review by Eco13

  • Donati Family Vineyard Claret 2010


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    Wine review by cahamilt14

  • Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Arneis Paicines 2009


    Quite herbal on the nose, with notes of sage and nettle over small white fruits all topped with noticeable alcohol. There are a lot of pollen aromas in the mouth here, and this does show some lovely dusty mineral notes and a nice core of lightly creamy citrus fruit,s but the alcohol intrudes on the finish. Not a big wine, but this does show some... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Pietra Santa Pinot Noir Cienega Valley 2009


    Perfect combination and full flavored Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Léal Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend San Benito County Carnaval Meritage 2005


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    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Bella Luna Barbera San Benito County Lot One Barbera 2009


    Some funk and earth with a gamy quality and mushroom. Big black fruit with cassis and slight oak. Flavors of black fruits and earth with ripe cherry, boysenberry and pepper, vanilla ans spice. Bigger style, with good acid. Great for food.91 pts.9/1/12 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Donati Family Ezio Paicines 2008


    A nice loamy note greets the nose along with hints of graphite, mint and loads of cedar spice. This has a sweet/sour thing going on the palate with a bit of Tootsie Roll over the base of pomegranate and sour cherry fruit. Theres a touch of meatiness on the back end and a touch of wood tannin that emerges along with it. The fruit is red and fresh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Donati Family Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Paicines Claret 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by WillMartin

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