Saturday, March 23- Pathway to Pinot Paradise of the Santa Cruz Mountains - Expired Event
Tickets for Pathway to Pinot Paradise may be purchased at any participating winery on the day of the event. Come sip, sample and enjoy a day meandering your way through the many Pinot Noir producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Taste through barrel samples, enjoy the experience of meeting our winemakers and participate in personal tours of the vineyards. Tickets can be purchased online or at any participating winery.
Join us for a weekend celebrating the legendary Pinot Noirs of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We have 3 days of Pinot heaven planned for you:
- on Friday, a Technical Session exploring the elusive character of minerality, then dine with the winemakers that evening
- on Saturday, visit the wineries on the Pathway to Paradise, and then dine with the winemakers Saturday evening
- on Sunday, taste all of our Pinots at the Grand Cruz tasting.
Special Tours and Pinot Tastings:
Meet Ryan Beauregard and taste with him Pinot Noir produced from four separate Pinot clones from his newest Vineyard "Nora's Vineyard". The vineyard was named after his daughter, Nora Beauregard (5th generation Bonny Dooner). Geographically, Nora's Vineyard lays at 1,300 feet and roughly 1/4 of a mile from a very large Lime Stone Quarry which supplied material to the Davenport Cement Plant by conveyer belt. The underlaying limestone lends to unmatched minnerallity, and the wines are heavily influenced by the pacific ocean with a presence of salinity on the pallet from the ocean fog. Harvest dates for the vineyard are late October. Located at 10 Pine Flat Rd. Santa Cruz, CA 95060, (831) 425-7777
Two Vintages, Two Vineyards Pinot Noir Tasting. Explore the warm and dry growing season of 2009, next to the cold and wet 2010 vintage through lens of two very well known and distinctly different Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Vineyards: the Alfaro and Lester Family Vineyards. This 30 minute interactive seminar will be led by Big Basin's Associate Winemaker Lindsey Otis (formerly of Williams and Selyem). Lindsey will describe how wine making techniques can promote transparency allowing the vineyard and vintage characteristics to be perceived in the wines. Antonio Galloni of Robert Parker Jr's Wine Advocate has scored them between 92-93 points. Starts every hour on the hour noon - 4pm. Seating per session is very limited.
Join us at Black Ridge Vineyards for a special tasting of our 2008 & 2009 Pinot Noir, Len Anderson & Friends will be providing live music, and Andro's Rostilj will be offering a selection of appetizers and wood-fired pizzas for everyone to delight in. Black Ridge Vineyards has been producing fine wine is more than a craft or a skill, it is an art. For that reason, it is Black Ridge Vineyards’ mission to produce limited production, award-winning, 100% estate grown wines.
Located at 18550 Black Road. Los Gatos, CA 95033 (408)399-6396 - Please call to RSVP
The importance of wood: Toasted heads, New oak , American oak, French oak. If you like wine, you’ve heard the terms. Just how important are they and what impact do they have on the sensory impact of wine especially Pinot Noir? Decide for yourself when Winemaker, Jim Boyle, shares barrel samples from a variety of different oaks. Tours are 1pm and 3pm.
Silvertip Vineyards will be conducting a barrel tasting of 2012 wines. The tasting will focus on the different flavors and textures that the clones and barrels express. We will also taste the 2010 Silvertip Pinot Noir, to understand how all of the components come together to form the finished wine. Located at 16644 Zayante Rd Los Gatos, CA 95033, (408) 354-8899
Join Silver Mountain for an Eco-Tour of its certified organic vineyard, and sustainable winery operations, including the Triple Green Canopy and the largest solar installation in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pathway ticket holders will enjoy a special library tasting of four Pinot Noirs, including a new release, and two Santa Cruz Mountains Pinots. Located at Silver Mountain Dr, Los Gatos, CA, (408) 353-2278
Complimentary Historic Tours at the Mountain Winery
In the fall of 1878, Paul Masson an ambitious young Frenchman arrived in San Francisco. Born in Burgundy to a family of well-established winemakers, Masson grew-up surrounded by some of the finest wineries and vineyards in the world... Thus begins the story of Paul Masson and the Mountain Winery.
Jesse “The Mayor” Montenegro will take you on a guided tour of the property. Hear about the exploits of Paul Masson, his protégé Martin Ray, and the famous troupe of guests that regularly visited the winery including Charlie Chaplin, John Steinbeck, Anna Held and President Harry Truman. The first tour is at 12:30, then at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30. Located at 14831 Pierce Rd. Saratoga, CA 95070, (408) 741-2822
Regale Vineyards & Winery will be offering a barrel tasting of their 2012 Santa Cruz Mountain Estate Pinot Noir, hosted inside their state of the art wine making facility. There will be a question and Answer session with Regale Winery’s winemaker and proprietor, Larry Schaadt.
Pathway guests will have access to the luxurious members-only grounds and bocce ball court. Located at 24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA 95003. (408) 353-2500
Visit Jeff Emery, owner and winemaker of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. Engage in a lively conversation about the history of the wine region while tasting through his 1985 Estate Pinot Noir, 2001 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, 2009 Bailey's Vineyard Pinot Noir, and his 2010 Branciforte Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir. He will also delight your palate by sharing with you a clonal comparison tasting of barrel samples from his 2012 Bailey's Vineyard Pinot Noir - Dijon 115 cloneand the 2012 Bailey's Vineyard Pinot Noir - Dijon 667 clone. Located at 334 Ingalls St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060, (831) 426-6209
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Other Participating Wineries:
Alfaro Family Vineyards
House Family Winery
Hunter Hill Vineyards & Winery
Pleasant Valley Vineyards
Savannah Chanelle Vineyards & Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Windy Oaks Estate
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