Public Tour Series
Looking for a fun thing to do in the San
Francisco Bay Area? Check out our Summertime wine tours that
are open to the public - we sell the seats individually, so
you don't need your own group (but feel free to bring one!).
And if you like the tour but can't make the date, we are happy
to re-create any of our public tours into a private tour just
for you and your friends!
Saturday, Sept 27,
Los Gatos Summit Wine & Cheese Tour (12:30
pm to 6:00 pm)
Wrights Station, Silver Mountain Vineyards,
and Regale Winery
Join us for a little bit of wine and cheese
heaven, in the beautiful Summit region of the Santa Cruz Mountains
- it will be a day of meeting local winemaker-owners, taking
in some beautiful mountain views and fresh air, and enjoying
some really good wines. (especially Pinot Noir!) Hosted by your
fun & friendly guide, Dan Janakes!
Wrights Station's patio
We begin the tour with the Club Member's tasting
at beautiful Regale Winery, a Tuscan-style beauty with gorgeously-landscaped
grounds and bocce ball with a view. You'll try some of their
Sonoma County wines, in addition to good ol' estate-grown Pinot
Next, we meet owner-winemaker Jerold O'Brien
of Silver Mountain Vineyards, who will host our group for a
private tour of his sustainable vineyard and winery - and maybe
Spencer, the winery dog, will join us for part of the tour if
he's not too busy hunting gophers. Jerold loves hosting groups
and he's the perfect combination of winemaker, business man,
activist and scientist - he can pass any wine trivia quiz, and
enjoys answering questions and chatting with his guests.
Finally, we'll finish the tour with a delectable
final stop at the new and farm-style gorgeous Wrights Station!
Just opened this Summer, Wrights Station was 5 years in the
making, a labor of love for Dan Lokteff (formerly of Storrs
Winery in Santa Cruz) and wife Molly, who bought the property
in 2009 and began renovating the old farm house that was on
the property, and also made the existing horse barn into the
production part of the new winery. Dan makes 4 estate-grown
wines, and also a Cabernet Sauvignon using grapes purchased
from a local Santa Cruz Mountains vineyard.
But let's not forget the cheese tasting! Grab
a plate and go down the cheese buffet line - it will amaze you!
Starting out with some triple-cream Brie yumminess (a few different
ones to choose from), we'll also have some Parrano Gouda, a
nice British Cotswald cheddar, the rare and wonderful Tete de
Moine - shaved into "carnation flowers" right before
your eyes on the Swiss Girolle, some sheep cheese, a few of
the goat variety, and perhaps a pear Peccorino or a mango Wenslydale
for the sweet ending. All of this cheesey scrumptiousness is
of course accompanied by the best in cheese-tasting accoutrements
- fresh-baked sourdough baguette, rosemary croccantini, dry-cured
French herbed olives, sweet organic grapes, and more!! Relax
on the patio at Wrights Station, with amazing mountain-scape
views, a wonderful glass of wine, and some new best friends
- what could be better than this beautiful local area of ours?
Sign up now! We look forward to touring with
Price: $80 tour + $20 ultra-gourmet cheese
tasting = $100 pp
up for 4 people at once and get 10% off!! (must pay altogether
in one payment, discount automatically given in online ticketing
system, see link below)
Pricing includes 5.5 hour tour with tour guide, upgraded executive
style transportation with all fuel fees, driver's gratuity and
taxes, upgraded tastings at 3 wineries, and the amazing cheese
Sign up by purchasing your ticket below! (you
do NOT need PayPal to purchase, just look for the "Pay
by Debit or Credit Card" link) Or call our office to pay
by phone: 408-867-9661
Saturday, Oct 18,
Gilroy & Morgan Hill Wine Tour (11:30 am
to 4:30 pm)
Satori Cellars, Clos La Chance, and
Castillo's Hillside Shire
Have you ever had pink Chardonnay, or walked
a secret passageway? Had lunch with a view, and a serenade,
too? Join us on May 25th and you'll experience these things
and more as we tour 3 of our favorite Gilroy/Morgan Hill area
Castillo's family property
This tour begins with a visit to tiny Satori
Cellars where the tasting begins with Chardonnay of the Pink-Ray
(true un-oaked Chard with a touch of blush from the estate Petite
Syrah), and ends with one of their award-winning reds (we'll
try 4 wines here altogether). Satori is a family-run winery,
owned by husband and wife team Sandy and Tom Moller - Tom's
the winemaker, Sandy's the Everything Else, and much of what
they produce is grown on their surrounding property.
Next, we head over to Clos LaChance for the
upgraded wine tasting and time for a delicious boxed lunch picnic
on the patio - with great views of rolling hills and the Cordevalle
golf resort. Following lunch, we'll take a tour behind the scenes
where we'll see the production area, portable bottling line,
gigantic barrel room, and then we'll walk the secret passageway
back to the Tasting Room where the winery offers our guests
a 20% discount on wine purchases.
Finally, we pop over to Castillo's Hillside
Shire Winery - and yes, you guessed it - this is where you just
may be serenaded, by one of the singing Castillos - they pretty
much all sing, and one also plays guitar, so it's a fun way
to end the tour - tasting wine inside an authentically created
Hobbit Shire, alongside the family mansion on the hill, overlooking
the lake with swans and geese while sipping away...
We hope you'll join us!
$75 tour + $15 boxed lunch = $90 total pp.
Price includes 5-hour tour with transportation, tour guide,
tasting fees paid at 3 wineries, winery tour at Clos La Chance,
and gourmet boxed lunch. Tour is limited to 15 people - buy
your ticket soon!
Time: Meet the bus at 11:00
am at the Camden Ave Park & Ride, located at the Camden
Ave exit off Highway 85. Parking is free, and there's lots of
Purchase your tickets here:
To sign up for the tour, you must purchase
a ticket. If you prefer to pay over the phone, please call our
office: 408-867-9661. Once purchased, tickets are not refundable,
but they are transferrable. Please let us know if you'd like
a Vegan or Vegetarian boxed lunch.
We look forward to touring with you!