Diane Blum

Freelance Writer

"Wine Escapes"
# 1 Best Silicon Valley Wine-tasting Escape

Santa Clara Wines Fall Passport Weekend,
October 5th and 6th

Discover unique wines for every taste bud in your party. Over 20 local wineries feature private tours, new releases, special pairings, appies and music. Drive along scenic country roads as you relish intimate tastings at quaint wineries not widely open to the public. Your passport takes you through picturesque vineyards, to a redwood forest with endless mountain views. Past participants have included Fortino, Martin Ranch, Hecker Pass, Solis and Guglielmo. Check out: www.santaclarawines.com.

# 2 Best Arts and Wine Festival

Los Altos Art & Wine Festival,
July 13th and 14th

Over 100,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the 34th year of this annual treat, featuring over 400 artists; two food courts offering a wide range of BBQ, ethnic and gourmet food; a half a dozen local wineries; and free all day concerts across 3 stages. Enjoy street performers, kid-friendly games and good ole fashion family fun at Kidzone. What’s better than wine-sippin’ while day-trippin’ on a beautiful day in the Bay? www.downtownlosaltos.org.

# 3 Best Selection of “Boutique” Santa Cruz Mountain Wines

Vinocruz, Santa Cruz

Distinctive wine shop and tasting room located in Downtown Santa Cruz, with an incredibly wine-knowledgeable staff, and loaded with hard-to-find local wine selections. More than 150 wines from some 60 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries; many are small, family-owned operations, some not even having a tasting room. Featured tasting flights change weekly and sample multiple wineries. Local winemakers often provide insider insights as well as special pourings. Discover all of your new favorites. www.vinocruz.com.
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