Santa Clara Wine

The Santa Clara Valley, better known to the world as "Silicon Valley", has one of the richest histories in California viticulture. Urban sprawl has forced most of the valley’s wine industry to migrate to its southern extremes, particularly to the Hecker Pass area. Notable exceptions are J. Lohr and Mirrassou, both of which continue to maintain a presence, if not extensive vineyards, in San Jose. Some other notable producers continue to make highly structured and sought after red wines from increasingly rare vineyards located on the western edge of the AVA in the foothills of the Santa Cruz range. The valley is largely protected from the influence of the Pacific Ocean by the Santa Cruz Mountains, although coastal breezes that enter a small opening at Hecker Pass in the west and the wider Pajaro Pass to the south help to moderate the climate. Although much of the Santa Clara Valley wine production is purchased locally, the quality of its wine deserves more wide spread recognition. The Santa Clara Valley Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Sarah's Vineyard

    Sarah’s Vineyard lounges elegantly over a rocky knoll, relaxing across 20 hilly acres in a hidden...

  • Satori Cellars

    Satori Cellars gets its name from two sources; Sandy, Tom & Riley who own the vineyard and manag...

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  • Hi, EMark. Thanks for your welcome.Actually, we do drink what we like and ... ... ... soon after!Here in the Santa Clara Valley, our go to wines come from Leal Vineyards (Hollister) -- Cab Franc, Carnaval Meritage, and Cab -- and Domenico Winery (San Carlos) -- Primitivo and Aglianico. We'll keep you posted about other tastings and purchases.... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, JM.  We look forward to hearing about your ... ... interested you your Santa Clara Valley findings.  I do not have any specific advice on wine pairings for vegetarian meals, but I am finding that the older I get, the more I am of the opinion that you should just drink whatever you like.  In my mind there are a few... Read More

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  • Greetings, fellow wine lovers!My girlfriend and I love our wine-tasting ... throughout the Santa Clara Valley and central California. We hope to visit many of the AVAs of California as we are centrally located. We also enjoy Italian, Spanish and Argentine reds.We hope to educate ourselves and expand our palates through you good people and to fi... Read More

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  • Cardiff Cellars Chardonnay Santa Clara County 2011

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    Wine review by Chad Robbins


  • Bartolo Cabernet Franc 2009

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    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Storrs Zinfandel Santa Clara Valley Lion Oaks Vineyard 2006

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    Hearty would describe this old vine Zinfandel from Santa Clara Valley. Full bodied and chewy like a port, heavily tannic. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Clos Lachance Petite Sirah Reserve 2009

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    Excellent value. Inky purple color. Full bodied with hints of dark berries. Matured tannins and a touch of oak. Lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Solis Winery Estate Merlot Santa Clara Valley 2006

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Solis Winery Merlot Santa Clara County Estate 2005

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Solis Winery Estate Merlot Santa Clara Valley 2007

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


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