Santa Cruz Wine

Both environment and economics pose significant challenges to viticulture in Santa Cruz County, which is home to some of North America’s finest wineries. The coastal county enjoys unparalleled natural beauty and proximity to San Francisco. However, with benefits come drawbacks, as vineyard developers are forced to compete with urban aristocrats seeking the perfect plot of land for their million-dollar homes. When you combine these conditions with steep, rugged, remote vineyard sites and Pierce’s disease, you have either a winery owner’s nightmare or the stuff legends are made of. In Santa Cruz County, the latter description is more appropriate. A ‘Who’s Who’ of Central Coast winemakers call this county and its two AVAs (Santa Cruz Mountains and Ben Lomond) home. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Santa Cruz View all

  • Picchetti Winery

    Located on a historic ranch a short drive from the Silicon Valley, Picchetti Winery is one of the...

  • Chaine D'or Vineyards

    Chaine d’Or is a small winery in Woodside. Our founders, Anne and Jerry Anderson, planted our fi...

  • Burrell School Vineyards

    Located at the historic Burrell School, our goal is to grow the best wine grapes possible so we c...

  • Kings Mountain Vineyard

    The vineyard at Kings Mountain was planted in 1992 on a private estate that has existed in Woodsi...

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  • A mixed listing from several regions:Domaine Joblot from ... Mt JeffersonDown towards Santa Cruz:   Read More

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  • Vidovich Vineyards Lake Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


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  • Vidovich Vineyards Montebello Road Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


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  • Liking that Liquid Farm Roger. I picked up a Golden Slope at Bottle Barn a ... ... a ... San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/6/2017)Second bottle of this in the past couple weeks and 5th in the last year. There has been some varition in the past two. The last one had a very oxidative nose. Last night had the fruit and zippy acidity tha... Read More

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  • Yes Mark,5 Chardonnay2008 Maybach Eterium2014 Ancillary2016 Kutch Sonoma Coast2014 Kutch Santa Cruz Mtns2010 Charles Heintz Sabrina Marie Sparkling Chard4 Syrah2015 Myriad Sangiacomo2015 Quivet Kenefick Ranch Whole Cluster1996 Truchard Carneros - DOA2008 Rhys Skyline2 Cabernets2015 Rivers Marie Panek2014 Myriad Elysian Dr CranePinot Rose2016 Kut... Read More

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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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  • NG, nice to hear from you!  We met the owners of Windy Oak several years ... ... yet to make that trip to Santa Cruz but it is still on our list.DM, those are some awesome pics!  Reminds me of our visit to the Portland Japanese Garden back in 2013.Back to what we're drinking tonight. This was a really nice, delicious Nebbiolo.  Layers of ripe ... Read More

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... aging potential here.1982 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards Durif Jones Ranch - USA, California, 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 ... 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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  • Pacific Cruise Highway 1 NV


    Awesome medium body on this red blend. Very likable on the palate. Stay away from this one, however. The congestion that followed was not worth it. Read More

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