Why do Wineries put Netting on the Grapevines?

The good news is that the grapes are ripening.  The bad news is that birds have noticed.  The grapes have entered a phase called veraison, which is the final phase of ripening.  During veraison, the grapes begin to soften as they increase in size and in sugar content.  This is also when the red varietals …

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Open for Wine Tasting on July 26 and 27

The dog days of summer are here.  The warm weather and the long days make this a perfect time for wine tasting.  Be sure to include Villa del Monte Winery in your plans!  We will be open for wine tasting from noon to 5 pm on July 26 and 27.  We will have a selection …

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Santa Cruz Mountains Winery Passport Day

Get your passport ready on July 19 — it is time for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winery Passport Day.  Since our parking area is so small, our friends at Dancing Creek Winery have invited us to pour in their charming outdoor picnic area on Passport Day.  It should be a lovely day for wine tasting in …

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Summit 6 Pack of Wine

Summit Store, a gourmet grocery store on Summit Road in Los Gatos, has introduced the Summit 6 Pack of wine. Yes, wine!  The Summit 6 Pack includes six bottles of wine, all from local Santa Cruz Mountains wineries.  We are thrilled to be included in the 6 pack. This is the first time ever that …

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Congratulations to Friend in Cheeses Jam Company

Villa del Monte Wine Club members will probably remember the delicious sample of Salted Watermelon Jelly from Friend in Cheeses Jam Company  that we included in last year’s wine club shipment.  Friend in Cheeses, located in Santa Cruz, makes delicious jams, jellies, and preserves using locally-sourced organic products.  We are so happy that Whole Foods …

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Solstice on the Summit — June 21 and 22

On June 21 and 22, The Summit Wineries, a wine trail consisting of five wineries in the Summit Road vicinity in Los Gatos, will host festivities to commemorate the summer solstice.  You can buy an event wine glass for $25 and enjoy complimentary wine tasting at these wineries on June 21 and 22: Burrell School, …

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Open for Wine Tasting on June 21 and 22

We will be open for wine tasting from noon to 5 pm on June 21 and 22.  In addition to wine tasting, you can: Sample organic wine-infused chocolates from Monterey Chocolate Company. Take home an iris rhizome, free with purchase, from winemaker Neil’s yard.  Neil has another bumper crop of irises—mostly yellow, blue, white, and …

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