Events

TASTE OF THE MOUNTAINS MENLO PARK

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the fourth Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, December 2 in Downtown Menlo Park from 1-4:30pm. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation.

Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains 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 kick-off the season and enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering. Purchase your favorites from the bottle booth for Christmas and stay downtown for a dinner or movie to follow! Tickets are $49 when purchased before the event, tickets purchased at the door are $55.

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 2nd 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.

TasteOfTheMountainsMenloPark_Logo-01Previous Wine Walk Participating Wineries

Burrell School Vineyards & Winery
House Family Vineyards
Kings Mountain Vineyards
Left Bend Winery
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
Portola Vineyards
Roudon Smith Winery
Russian Ridge Winery
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Silvertip Vineyards
Wrights Station Vineyards

Previous Wine Walk Participating Businesses

Art Ventures Gallery
Cheeky Monkey Toys
Fleet Feet Sports
Gitane
Harvest Furniture
Menlo Hardwoods
Peabody Fine Art & Framing
Rococo & Taupe
The Oriental Carpet

Restaurants Waiving the Corkage Fees for Wine Purchased at previous Wine Walks

BBC
Galata Bistro
LB Steak
Left Bank

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.

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.

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PREMIER CRUZ SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

This event is not to be missed!  Join us at The Toll House Hotel, Los Gatos for an exclusive tasting of the Cabernet Sauvignon produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticulture Area (AVA). The tasting includes new releases as well as rare and older vintages. Premier Cruz is an opportunity to meet an array of the Cabernet producers from the Santa Cruz Mountains region as well as taste some world-class wines, enjoy small bites, and silent Cabernet wine auction. Tickets are limited.

Vintners in the Santa Cruz Mountains have been producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon since as early as the mid 1800’s. The Cabernets produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains have a distinct character and style that is original to this Mountainous region. In 1976 the Judgment of Paris wine tasting event helped to catapult Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon onto the international stage when Monte Bello also known as Ridge Vineyards beat out classified Bordeaux estates like Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Montrose, Château Haut-Brion and Château Léoville-Las Cases in a blind tasting conducted by French wine experts.

 

2017 Winery participants:

Beauregard Vineyards
Burrell School Vineyards
Byington Vineyard and Winery
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
House Family Vineyards
Kathryn Kennedy
Kings Mountain Vineyards
La Honda Winery
La Rusticana d’Orsa
Left Bend
Lexington
Martin Ranch Winery
McCarthy Family Estate Vineyards
Mount Eden Vineyards
P·M Staiger
Ridge Vineyards
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Woodside Vineyards

Enjoy three days in the Santa Cruz Mountains while you learn, explore and taste the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced by our legendary winemakers.

Taste of the Mountains Pinot Paradise*
Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Come sip, sample and enjoy three days meandering your way through the many Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR PINOT PARADISE!
Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Last Year’s Participating Wineries:

PINOT PARADISE 2017

 Learn, explore and taste Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced by legendary winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Pinot Paradise
Saturday, September 23 / Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15

Enjoy four days of festivities devoted exclusively to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Discover why this appellation is recognized as one of the world’s leading Pinot Noir producers. 

Events include:
Saturday, September 23, 5-9pm
Pinot Harvest Dinner at Lester Family Vineyards, Corralitos
Taste exquisite wines, bid on magnum bottles and celebrate harvest under the stars. Enjoy a 90 minute wine reception with passed appetizers followed by a 3-course dinner prepared by Chef Tanya DeCell of Original Sin. All proceeds will benefit Hospice of Santa Cruz County.


Harvest Dinner Menu paired with Santa Cruz Mountains Wines

passed hors d’oeuvres
Starter:Zucchini Herb Pancakes and Sauteed Gulf Shrimp with Shellfish Beurre Blanc
Entree: Butternut Squash Gnocchi and Short Rib Ragu with Gremolata
Dessert: Chocolate Sin Torte with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

download dinner menu here: please advise of dietary requests.
$150 per person

Participating wineries: Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery • Bargetto Winery • Burrell School Vineyards & Winery • Clos Tita Winery • Cooper•Garrod Estate Vineyards • Martin Ranch Winery • Russian Ridge Winery • Sante Arcangeli Family Wines • Silvertip Vineyards • Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards

 

Friday, October 13, 6-9pm
Reserve Tasting at Hollins House, Pasatiempo Golf Club
Taste premium Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from 20 winemakers from the Santa Cruz Mountains, enjoy a strolling dinner provided by Hollins House and bid on magnum bottles.
$80 per person

Participating wineries: Armitage Wines • Bargetto Winery • Big Basin Vineyards • Burrell School Vineyards & Winery • Cinnabar Winery • Cooper•Garrod Estate Vineyards • House Family Vineyards • Kings Mountain Vineyards • Loma Prieta Winery • Mindego Ridge Vineyard • Mount Eden Vineyards • Muccigrosso Vineyards • Muns Vineyard • Nicholson Vineyards • Silver Mountain Vineyards • Silvertip Vineyards • Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards • Wrights Station Vineyards & Winery


Saturday, October 14, 9am-12pm

Pinot Noir Technical Session at Scotts Valley Hilton
Join us to learn the history of our special AVA and meet some of the founders of the modern Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation. We will also feature an in-depth exploration of the geology that lays the foundation of our great region. A technical tasting to illustrate the topic will be a featured part of the event.
$45 per person

 

Saturday, October 14, 1-4pm
Pinot Picnic in the Park at Quail Hollow Ranch Park, Ben Lomond (original home of Sunset Magazine)
Bring your own picnic and taste Pinot Noirs from 20 vintners of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Tickets are $25 and include a wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased at $1 each.

 

Sunday, October 15, 12-5pm
Pathway to Pinot Paradise
Visit wineries along the Pathway to Pinot Paradise Wine Trail. Sip, sample and enjoy a self-guided tour from 12 to 5 pm by visiting the many Pinot Noir & Chardonnay producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Taste barrel samples, meet local Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers and partake in personal tours of the vineyards. Pathway to Pinot Paradise tickets are $25.00 each. Pathway tasting not included in Passport purchase. Passport holders must purchase Pathway tickets to participate.