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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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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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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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How to Read a Wine Label

In the US, wine labels are regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), which reviews more than 100,000 alcohol labels per year.  In an attempt to make labeling easy-to-understand for consumers, the TTB requires certain information on all wine labels. Brand name:  Name used to identify and market a wine. Vintage …

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Villa del Monte Wine and Food Pairings

Villa del Monte Wine Club members recently received the April shipment. The shipment included four bottles of Villa del Monte wine, a seasoning salt sample from True Olive Connection, and recipes from Blue Sage that pair nicely with our wines. Enjoy! Cedar Planked Salmon with Smoked Alderwood Sea Salt—serve with Villa del Monte 2008 or …

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Villa del Monte Wine Futures

Last weekend, Villa del Monte Wine Club members had the opportunity to buy wine futures, by the case, at a 40% discount.  Buying wine futures refers to buying wine after it is made, but before it is bottled and labeled.  The wine will be held in the barrel at the winery for another year and …

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