Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

June 20 -- Snooth takes a California Wine Hike

Posted by Mark Angelillo, May 8, 2009.

I'm going to be on the west coast for a week and change at the end of June for a conference, and I'm going to plan some events around the area to meet some of the community in the greater Bay Area.

If you haven't heard of him yet, Russ (the winehiker - ) leads guided hikes in California. Get outside, see the sights, drink great wine... Sounds like a great day to me.

I contacted Russ and he's in for a Snooth community wine hike on June 20. This should be a really great time and I hope some of you can make it!

If you'd like to join, please respond here and let me know your fitness level. I'm pretty sure the hike can be tailored to include any level, so we'll just need to know beforehand.

Read more about California Wine Hikes:


Reply by winehiker, May 8, 2009.

Most of the hikes I lead via my website are easy to moderate-level, meaning that we'll do hikes that are within the 4-6 mile range, some flat and some with hills, but nothing overly hilly or strenuous. For this particular hike, I'm recommending the trails and wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains, with a picnic and pinot tasting afterward! More details to come.

Reply by Adam Levin, May 8, 2009.

I will be there.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, May 8, 2009.

I'm in of course and a NY transplant friend of mine is also interested.

Reply by beahburger, May 9, 2009.

I'm definitely in, and will bring a friend. A good "moderate" hike is no problem. Also, +1 for the Santa Cruz Mountains (as opposed to Sonoma/Napa).

Reply by dmcker, May 9, 2009.

Plenty warm in California already. Why not try innertubing down the Russian River? :-)

Hopefully Santa Barbara won't have burned down by then. :-(

Reply by Mark Angelillo, May 12, 2009.

That's a great start! Anyone else interested? (Bump.)

Reply by winehiker, Jun 16, 2009.

Folks, here's the low-down on the June 20th winehiking adventure that Mark and I have planned:

Our day will be a simple affair in which we'll enjoy a 4-mile hike, a potluck lunch and a wine tasting, all at Picchetti Ranch & Winery in Cupertino. Picchetti charges a $10 fee for their tastings that is refundable on wine purchases; the hike is free. What's unique about Picchetti Ranch is that there's a hiking trail just outside the tasting room door!

Let's meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20th for a 9:45 hike. We'll journey along the Zinfandel Trail through a classic local mix of cool woodlands and sunny chaparral, with views of Fremont-Older Open Space Preserve and Stevens Creek Reservoir. Folks young and old find Zinfandel Trail to be an easy and enjoyable walk. From the trail, we’ll see an assortment of plant communities ranging from lush chaparral brush and oak woodland to picturesque madrone and bay forests. We’ll even see a stand of nutmeg trees! If you like, I'll be happy to help you identify many of the other wonderful plants and animals that live and grow along the Zinfandel Trail. And, as an option on the return, we can hoist ourselves uphill to admire a small plot of gnarly 112-year-old estate zinfandel vines planted by the original Picchetti Brothers!

After the hike, we’ll share our potluck lunches on the Picchetti picnic grounds, then taste Picchetti's locally-produced Italian-style wines inside their charming brick tasting room. So pack your coolers and picnic baskets with tasty goodies to share - bonus points for homemade!

Located on a historic ranch a short drive from Silicon Valley, Picchetti Winery is one of the oldest wineries in California, and is connected via the Zinfandel Trail to Stevens Creek County Park. Bring a picnic lunch to share on the Picchetti grounds and enjoy fabulous local wines, some from local 110-year-old vines originally planted by the Picchetti Bros.

Take Freeway 280 to the Foothill/Grant Road exit in Cupertino. Travel southwest on Foothill Blvd. 3.5 miles (Foothill Blvd. changes names mid-point to Stevens Canyon Road). Travel through a residential section, pass lower Stevens Creek County Park, then Stevens Creek Dam and Reservoir. After passing the entrance to the quarry, Montebello Road will appear on your right. Travel up Montebello Road 0.6 mi., and enter Picchetti Winery on your left. Park in the upper parking lot to your right, and look for my black Dodge Dakota pickup with its camper shell. Most likely I will be sitting on the tailgate sippin' a cup o' joe.

If you're running late, my cell is 408.306.2848.


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jun 16, 2009.

Wow, Russ, thanks! This sounds great. I'm really looking forward to joining, and spending some time hunting around SF on Friday to find goodies to bring along for the potluck.

This should be a great event. Anyone else interested in joining us?

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jun 16, 2009.

I found some images of Picchetti to share.

Also check out their group page:

Reply by Adam Levin, Jun 16, 2009.

I will not be able to make it, unfortunately, but I've heard great things about Pichetti.

Reply by John Andrews, Jun 17, 2009.

I've been to Picchetti ... they have peacocks roaming the grounds. Strange site but pretty cool though.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jun 18, 2009.

Just got confirmation of two more who replied off of the thread, and I have a few maybes who will hopefully come as well. Looking like a nice group!

Reply by winehiker, Jun 18, 2009.

Folks, just a friendly reminder that our post-hike picnic is a potluck affair, so do be sure to bring a dish to share with your fellow winehikers. I'll have plates, paper towels, tableware and some picnic wineglasses, but I won't mind if you also have these things and can bring them.

Saturday's weather is forecast to be beautiful! So come on outside and let's have fun.

Reply by winehiker, Jun 21, 2009.

Fellow Snooth Winehikers, I sure enjoyed walking and wining with y'all yesterday at Picchetti Ranch. Here's the better of two photos I snapped on the trail; everybody looks so happy!

Reply by winehiker, Jun 22, 2009.

Golly - I had a photo here yesterday of us Snoothers standing on a creek bridge along the Zinfandel Trail. Where'd it go? Well, you can also find it on twitpic:

Reply by John Andrews, Jun 22, 2009.

I'm still not seeing any pick .. did it really happen? ;-)

Reply by Philip James, Jun 22, 2009.

Strange. OK, here's the pic:

Reply by winehiker, Jun 23, 2009.

Now my pic isn't even showing up on Twitpic. And I tested it twice yesterday. Bizarre!

Try this:

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