Gov. Brown delcaires Sept as “California Wine Month.”

September 20th, 2012

With September coming to a close, it’s not too late to take in some great winery events in the popular regions of California.

Santa Cruz:
Santa Cruz is a hot spot for small, family owned wineries that are turning out great, but hard to find wines. Pinot Noir lovers will want to go on the Private Vineyard Tours at Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery. Since you’re in the area, travel the Summit to Sea Trail and make your way from high altitude at Loma Prieta Winery to sea level, with stops at Dancing Creek and Poetic Cellars along the way.

Murrieta’s Well hosts a popular La Luna Fridays, where people gather to enjoy tapas, live music and wine under the moonlight from 6-9pm on the first Friday of the month.

Adventure into winemaking at the Lucas Winery. Every Sunday you can work with the winemakers and learn the trade, from soil types to blending techniques.

On September 29th, Peju Winery is hosting a farm to table feast to celebrate the harvest season. Cost: $175 members/$195 non-members.

The Sonoma Valley CRUSH takes places September 29-30, 2012 throughout wineries on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trail. Designate a driver and get tasting. Cost $35, designated drivers $10.

San Luis Obispo:
Sunset Savor the Central Coast, September 27-30, 2012 in San Luis Obispo County. This is a great place to try the wines of the Central Coast and sample food from the region. Prices range from $20 for chef demonstrations to full weekend passes for $150.

Sip, Stomp, and Play, September 29, 2012 at Urban Legend Cellars. Really, you get to stomp grapes, as well as taste wine and nosh. Tickets range from $30-$75.

Parducci’s 80th Anniversary Celebration — Dinner in the Vineyard September 29, 2012 Mendocino County. $85 per person.

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