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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Satori Cellars

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

  • Sarah's Vineyard

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

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  • Cypress Vineyards Shiraz Santa Clara Valley 2008

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    Quite ripe on the nose with effusive, jammy and slightly pruney aromas of black currant and plum over vanilla oak with a menthol top note. Round, smooth and a bit hollow in the mouth with a nice base of soft tannins and good acidity supporting decidedly ripe chocolate, prune, and dried herb framed black currant fruit. The finish is a bit on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Silver Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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    Cohn is a small, non-flashy vineyard with amazing wine. While many big names in Sonoma Valley will have maybe ~3 wines that are solid and the rest subpar, everything at Cohn is premium. This cab, which can be found in Trader Joes is no exception. Read More

    Wine review by MobileVet


  • Friday August 26thI had the opportunity to host the president and vice ... for ... for wine tasting in South Santa Clara County. Their goal was to experience Italian Varietals for their up-coming wine club meeting in September.Emilio Guglielmo Winerywas the first destination of choice for this excursion. Guglielmo is one of the oldest wineries... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vino Fino Meets Guglielmo...


  • Picchetti Zinfandel Santa Clara County Bellicitti Vineyard 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by RodMagnuson


  • Picchetti Winery Mission Angelica Santa Clara County "Heritage Crop" 2010

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    The winery reccomends this dessert wine be served over ice and with a chard of lemon. Amazing! Drinks like a cocktail and very refreshing. Similar to something one may order in a swanky lounge in the city. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Solis Winery Port Santa Clara Valley NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Solis Winery Estate Merlot Santa Clara Valley 2001

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    Merlot Madness, Vertical Tasting, March 19, 2011. Of this vintage year, we preferred this bottle, as it was the first wine tasted that rainy day. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Solis Winery Estate Merlot Santa Clara Valley 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Sarah's Vineyard Merlot Santa Clara County 2001

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    like this wine way under price . Read More

    Wine review by apache300


  • Guglielmo Zinfandel Santa Clara Valley Private Reserve 2007

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    Very light on the nose and crisply red fruited, with notes of cranberry and red cherry dusted with white pepper, minerals, and a light vanilla top note. Smooth and slightly viscous in the mouth with a very easygoing character. This has some nice complexity with a slight edge of oxidation adding some nice development to the slightly minty red fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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