wine tasting menlo park

Taste of the Mountains – Menlo Park

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association and Greenheart Land Company present the first Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, December 5 in Downtown Menlo Park. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Santa Cruz Avenue. Check in for your wristband, glass, and a map of the pouring locations – then enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering. Stay downtown for a dinner or movie to follow!

Traditionally considered the “Capital of Venture Capital”, the City of Menlo Park is also home to industry-leading tech companies like Facebook and SRI. Downtown Menlo Park is known for its quaint shops, great restaurants and high-end home decor. The City is the perfect backdrop for this elegant event. The December 5th Wine Walk is the perfect complement to a weekend of holiday cheer, which includes a Friday night tree-lighting and Saturday morning breakfast with Santa. It is sure to be a merry weekend for the entire family.


Participating Wineries: 

Bargetto Winery
Big Basin Vineyards
Burrell School Vineyards
Byington Vineyard & Winery
House Family Vineyards
Kings Mountain Vineyards
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
Portola Vineyards
Russian Ridge Winery
The Mountain Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Woodside Vineyards

Downtown Menlo Park shops and restaurants are open to the general public of all ages during the wine walk and those under 21 may attend the tasting areas. You must be 21 to purchase wine tasting glasses and wristbands. Tasting areas are unrestricted but wine is not permitted outside of designated areas. The tasting is available only to those with valid event bracelets.

Registration check-in and a bottle booth will be at 648 Santa Cruz Ave. Click here for a tasting map of Downtown Menlo Park.

About the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation
For over 30 years, the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) has furthered the mission of Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) to provide an exceptional education for 3000 students at Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview schools. Working with the entire community, which includes parents and local businesses, the MPAEF makes it possible for each child in the district to benefit from 32 best-in-class teachers and their professional development, innovative classroom techniques, and credentialed specialists in arts, sciences, libraries, technology and emotional wellness. We support academic excellence for the whole child, inside and out.

About Greenheart Land Company
Greenheart is a local real estate development and investment company. Its goal is to enhance communities through creative reuse and development of infill sites. Among it activities is a 195 unit rental community under construction in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park and Station 1300, a mixed use (retail, office, and 180 residences) development near the Menlo Park Caltrain station, which will bring new energy to downtown.

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wine harvest dinner


Wine Harvest Dinner

Join us for a wine harvest dinner celebration under the stars at the Sesnon House at Cabrillo College. Enjoy an array of award winning wines produced by our local vintners and culinary delights prepared by the students of the Culinary Arts Department of Cabrillo College. Ticket includes wine reception and a four course dinner. All ticket proceeds go to the Culinary Arts and Wine Program at Cabrillo College. Individual tickets are available or tables of 10. Individual tickets are $95 and a table of ten is $900.  Please contact the SCMWA office directly with any questions at 831-685-8463.

Wine Reception

Meet local vintners enjoy award-winning wines poured by  wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountains, including:

Along with your wine, enjoy exquisite plates created by the skillful students of the Cabrillo Culinary Arts program.

Dinner Menu

Hors d’oeuvres
Gougere with curried shrimp
Cauliflower fritters
Grilled Chicken, caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlets
First Course
Salmon three ways –  sous vide with leek beurre blanc, vodka and dill cured, and tartar with caper, onion, and dill
Apple, walnut, gorgonzola and arugula with walnut and Spanish sherry vinaigrette
Red wine braised short ribs, toy box onions and carrots, polenta with wild mushroom ragu, micro salad of celery root and mache
Assorted Cookies and chocolates

PINOT PARADISE 2015 Santa Cruz Mountains


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Enjoy two days in the Santa Cruz Mountains by participating in Pinot Paradise! This two day event invites you to come learn, explore and taste the Pinot Noirs produced from our legendary winemakers.

Day 1- Saturday, March 21st

Pathway to Pinot Paradise (As of Monday 3/16 – Tickets Only Available at Participating Wineries)

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. For a list of participating Pathway wineries, please click here. To view the Pathway map, please click here.

Ticket price is $25. This event is from 12pm- 5pm. To purchase tickets for this event, please do so at participating wineries or online. If purchased online, we will mail you a wristband and a map.

Day 2- Sunday, March 22nd

SOLD OUT Wine Technical Session SOLD OUT (Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA)

Learn and discover! This half day session from 9:00am – 12:00pm featuring continuing wine education for consumers and winemakers. SCMWA is proud to present two esteemed speakers:Luke Sykora, senior editor and critic at Wine & Spirits magazine; and Dr. Gary Griggs, Professor of Earth Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz. Based in San Francisco, Sykora runs the blind tasting panels for all domestic wines and serves as the wine critic for greater California. Griggs’ research is focused on the coastal zone and ranges from coastal evolution and development.

Join us for this unforgettable event as we take you on this magical journey from vine to glass, and showcase an array of Pinot Noirs from the oldest mountain American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the United States.

Ticket price is $45.

Pinot Noir Grand Cruz Tasting 

Pinot Paradise presents the Grand Cruz Pinot Noir and Food Tasting at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA. Taste Pinot Noirs from over 40 winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with delectable food from local gourmet restaurants.

Ticket Prices: VIP Grand Tasting $100, from 12:30pm- 4:30pm
General Admission Grand Tasting $85, from 1:30pm- 4:30pm
All Weekend Pass: Includes Pathway to Paradise, Wine Technical Session & VIP admission to the Pinot Noir Grand Cruz Tasting $145
No tickets will be mailed out for this event. Once you complete your purchase, you will be placed on the guest list.
All sales are final. There will be no refunds for unused days.

JANUARY 2015 PASSPORT – Passports Must Be Purchased At A Winery


Passport Days to the Santa Cruz Mountains was introduced in 1993, by the Winegrowers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Four times a year the winegrowing community of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. Over the last 20 years the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy wines produced by our legendary, artisan winemakers all within the idyllic Santa Cruz Mountains.
The third Saturday of January, April, July and November, passport guests are welcomed into 50+ wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique pairing of artisan handcrafted wines, gourmet food and entertainment. Take a vineyard tour for a grape-to-glass look at Santa Cruz Mountains wine. Meet the winemakers, grapegrowers and sample exclusive vintages from wineries generally not open to the public. Delight in discovering each winery’s unique Passport “theme,” a tradition of the event. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable weekend. Enjoy!

Passport Days:

  • Passport Days occurs four times a year on the third Saturday of January, April, July and November.
  • Wineries generally closed to the public are only open on Passport Days.
  • Passport is your opportunity to meet our legendary Winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains and taste some fabulous terroir driven wines.
  • Use the MAP in the Passport as a rough guide only. Please make sure to read the directions for each individual winery.
  • At each winery you visit, a page of your Passport will be given a unique commemorative stamp.
  • Wineries open on non-Passport days will accept Passports and stamp your Passport. Passports are only good for one winery visit.

*Passport Guidelines:

  • Passports ordered online will be mailed one week prior to passport. Please make sure to purchase passports at least two weeks before event date in order for passports to arrive on time. Please make sure to provide shipping address.
  • Passport benefits are good for ONE VISIT to each participating winery up to 2 years. This includes non-Passport days as well as Passport days.
  • You must have your Passport to have your tasting fee waived at each participating winery.

Keep in mind when planning your tour:

  • Not all participating wineries are open from 11am-5pm on Passport Days. Some have elected to modify their hours to 12 to 5pm. We recommend that customers check the SCMWA website or call participating locations for participating winery hours.
  • Gift prize is available for completing your Passport. Please contact SCMWA.
  • Current Passport holders Passports will expire in two years.
  • Many wineries have limited access and parking. Before hiring a stretch limousine or bus, call the wineries your propose to visit and make arrangements.
  • Passports are $45 online or can be purchased at any participating winery.

*SCMWA reserves the right to change passport rules or to modify them in any way that they deem fit. This includes but is not limited to days of passport, fees, expiration dates and winery participation. You must be over the age of 21 to purchase a Passport. If individuals or groups appear intoxicated or unruly wineries may refuse service and ask the persons to vacate premises.Wineries reserve the right to refuse service to groups who did not call in advance or make an appointment.
ƒ Identification will be checked per law requirements. Passport guidelines will be enforced. Not all wineries sell Passports, please call ahead to see if winery has Passports available for purchase.

About the Old Passport Program click here.

List of participating Wineries click here.  Click here to download MAP.


2013 Harvest Report – Foxx Viticulture

Hi all,

80% of the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards I work with are coming in heavy. Most Pinot Noir Vineyards, especially in the Corralitos area are at a minimum of 25% over yield of last year and 2012 was a big year! A select few vineyards are showing even more production, some as much as 50% or more over normal. Quality is very high. There have been some issues with even ripening in younger vineyards and wine quality may have been affected if allowed to overproduce. Older vineyards are showing the best fruit I have seen in years even with a big set.

I attribute this to the perfect spring weather and excellent set. Disease pressure was very low during summer months. There were no heat spikes after verasion. We have enjoyed a slow steady maturation period that has produced perfect numbers. pH is coming in 3.2 to 3.5 depending on harvest date. Sugars are 23 to 25, less for those choosing to pick at the first hint of ripeness. TA is hitting 7 to 8. This is what I call a winemaker’s year. With environmental pressure low (no significant rain or heat) winemakers can pick their harvest date based on individual vision and style preference. Each vineyard I work with is in full expression of it’s terroir showing fruit flavors unique and fully developed across the board. In general cluster size and density is up, phenolics are strong, color is good even at first crush. Pinot Noir clusters that normally average 2 oz are showing easily 3 oz per cluster. Bins are regularly topping out at a pure half ton. 2013 promises to be a phenomenal year in every sense.

Bon appetit!

Prudy Foxx
Foxx Viticulture
Santa Cruz Mountains


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