The Hills & Dells of Santa Cruz & Santa Clara
Visitors to this region can enjoy many small family owned wineries and have a better chance to meet and talk with the winemakers than in other regions. On the west side, dense redwood forests overlook the Pacific Ocean, while the east side looks down upon Santa Clara and what is known as Silicon Valley.
Ask The Advisor
Have a wine related question? "Ask the Advisor" is our new feature where you can have your burning wine questions answered. We plan to tackle a broad range of subjects from food and wine pairing to the pros and cons of wild yeast fermentation. No question is too simple (we like those because they are easier to answer) and if you have a tough one we can't answer it we will either punt, call in for industry reinforcements or go back to Fresno State.
Taste of Pismo
Every year in April Pismo Beach hosts a weekend food, wine and music affair at the bluff-top Dinosaur Cave Park in Pismo Beach. Under the big tent just steps away from the beautiful Pacific local chefs and winemakers share their creations. It's where food and wine meet the surf!
Better Wine Tasting: The Winery Advisor Tasting Room Personality Profile
As the Winery Advisor, I visit hundreds of California tasting rooms each year collecting information to prepare detailed winery profiles for the California Winery Advisor.com website. We document the wine tasting experience by cataloging the amenities, ambiances, tasting fees, pricing and wines. And, yes, we like our job. After visiting almost 600, I have found they fall roughly within five categories.
Favorite Winery Blogs
Lots of wine out there and lots of blogs. Here is a collection of our favorite winery blogs written by the folks who either grow the grapes or make the wine.