Santa Cruz Mountains Wine

 

The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA is a vast region within San Francisco Bay in California’s Central Coast. Most of it is within Santa Cruz county, but also flows into Santa Clara and San Mateo. Just minutes away from the bustling city are wineries grown high into the hills and tops of ridges, some of the highest elevated vineyards in the state. The Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay all contribute to a predominately maritime climate in the region. But there are many soil types and microclimates, with warmer temperatures inland and cooler temperatures reaching the coast and ridges. For this reason a variety of grapes are grown from cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah. 
 
Wine-making can be traced back to the very early 1800s with missionary plantings for ceremonial wines. Like many California wine regions, a successful wine industry took shape from the mid to late 1800s, then fell apart between Phylloxera 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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  • Ridge Vineyards

    The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearin...

  • Bargetto Winery

    Bargetto Winery is dedicated to enriching the quality of life through the enjoyment of wine as it...

  • Byington Winery

    Just minutes from the commotion of Silicon Valley, Byington Winery is your rejuvenating destinati...

  • Thunder Mountain

    It's exciting to realize that our wines are resting in cellars all over the world, and practicall...

  • Domenico Winery

    Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo’s choice of name for their winery is a reflection of their commit...

  • Loma Prieta Winery

    You may recognize the Loma Prieta name from the famous earthquake of 1989, but the Santa Cruz Mou...

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Santa Cruz Mountains on Snooth

  • Pinot Paradise, a celebration of the Pinot Noirs of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is March 27-28. On Saturday: the wineries are open for Pinot Pathways, with special barrel tastings and new releases. On Sunday: the Grand Cruz Tasting at Villa Ragusa in Campbell in the afternoon. And that morning is the Technical Session: this year focusing on the in...

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  • Round 4 - and now for all of my Snooth US colleagues - the US setFirstly - if I ... price pointMount Eden CS [Santa Cruz Mountains] 2012CS 78 M 10 cf 10 PV 2Definitely my favourite, seriously good wine great depth no hole in the middle feels like it will age well, around AUD100 here but I certainly thought it outperformed the first 2 on both ab... Read More

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... true ... San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz MountainsThis wine was the surprise treat of the evening. My somm Rachel pulled this one out of her hat and nailed it. Color was medium dark red with a slight brickish tinge. The nose featured red berry and light baking spice along w... Read More

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  • Here's an offer from another vendor on that list. Lots of mouthwatering ... ... Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains -- 1994 750mL  (1)  $125.00  Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red -- 1995 750mL  (11)WA96scl  $135.00  Ridge Monte Bello -- 1989 750mL  (6)WS92   $229.00  Ridge Monte Bello -- 1989 750mL  (2)WS92bn  $229.00          Please let us ... Read More

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  • My brother and his family live in Mt. Herman over in the mountains by Santa Cruz.  His commute is nuts, but the town is a beautiful mountain village.  A mountain side creek not far from his house a trails to hike.  I like his area, but not the prices. Read More

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  • Storrs Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2013

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    This is a great wine at a price that's a bit more accessible than many similar ... ... pinot that brings the Santa Cruz Mountains to life Read More

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  • Storrs Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2014

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    "This is a very intriguing, tasty and cerebral bottling from this producer, which has an urban tasting room in the heart of Santa Cruz. Aromas of Brie cheese rind, Meyer-lemon pith, light jasmine and sea-salt-crusted cashew lead into a very grippy palate laden with pomelo pith and incredibly vibrant citrus and saline flavors." - Matt Kettmann Wi... Read More

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